LOS ANGELES — The Memphis Grizzlies connected on 13 three-pointers Saturday afternoon against the Clippers, dominating 55-22 off the bench to take a 113-104 victory. The Clippers — led by Blake Griffin‘s 30 points — were just four-of-26 from beyond the arc, compared to the Grizzlies’ 13-of-31.
“[The early tip off] sucks,” guard Austin Rivers said after the game. “No one like playing that early but it is what it is and we are not the only people that have to do it. The [Los Angeles] Lakes have to do it. The [Golden State] Warriors have to do it. It is what it is and we just have to adjust. There are no excuses.”
The Grizzlies took the lead in the first quarter and never looked back. Well, sort of. The Clippers caught up by the third quarter, tying the game at 68 midway through the period. The Grizzlies soon built the lead back up to 10.
“We were awful defensively in the first five minutes, but then all the sudden we clicked and started getting stops and running,” Doc Rivers said. “This is the first game in three games that we got our pace back, running. You can tell, when you see our guards going downhill, that tells you are pace is back, and I thought we did a great job of that.”
The Grizzlies now sit atop the Western Conference at 6-3, but the Clippers — at 5-3 — still have the best point differential in the conference.
“We did a really good job of putting together four quarters of basketball,” Mike Conley said after the win.