National Basketball Association
Memphis 90, L.A. Clippers 88
When: 9:00 PM ET, Friday, May 11, 2012
Grizzlies 90, Clippers 88
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
#43 Dan Crawford, #8 Marc Davis, #23 Jason Phillips
: Marc Gasol had 23 points and nine rebounds as visiting Memphis erased an eight-point fourth-quarter deficit to force a deciding Game 7.
Zach Randolph added 18 points and 16 rebounds and Mike Conley and Rudy Gay had 13 points apiece as the Grizzlies staved off elimination for a second straight game.
Game 7 will be played Sunday afternoon in Memphis.
Clippers stars Blake Griffin (knee) and Chris Paul (hip), who were both game-time decisions with injuries sustained in Game 6, scored 17 and 11 points, respectively.
After watching Los Angeles dominate the fourth quarter throughout the series, including storming back from a 24-point deficit to win Game 1, the Grizzlies turned the tables on the Clippers.
Reserve Eric Bledsoe scored six points in a 10-0 spurt early in the fourth to help Los Angeles build a 76-68 lead. The Grizzlies responded with a 10-0 spurt of their own to go ahead on Gay's three-point play with 6:28 remaining.
Conley's 3-pointer with 4 1/2 minutes to go put Memphis ahead for good and Randolph's tip-in extended the lead to 85-80. Los Angeles got no closer than four points until Randy Foye's 3-pointer with three seconds left decided the final margin.
Trailing 60-54, the Clippers ran off six straight points to tie the score and the teams entered the fourth deadlocked at 66.
Memphis used an 18-6 run to take a 25-16 lead after one quarter and maintained a nine-point edge before the Clippers rallied.
Reserve Kenyon Martin scored six straight points and Paul buried a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to one, but a three-point play by Gasol made it 42-38 at halftime.
: Only eight teams in NBA history have come back from a 3-1 deficit to win a seven-game series. ... Bledsoe scored 14 points and Kenyon Martin had 10 as Los Angeles got 34 points from its bench. ... Gasol had his second straight 23-point game after averaging only nine points in the previous three contests.
Top Game Performances
Marc Gasol 23
Blake Griffin 17
Mike Conley 9
Chris Paul 7
Zach Randolph 16
Reggie Evans 10
Marc Gasol 5
||Free Throws Made
Blake Griffin 5
Tony Allen 2
Blake Griffin 3
Zach Randolph 3
Reggie Evans 3
Team Stats Summary
L.A. Clippers will play their next game on the road against Memphis. The Clippers have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .000 after a loss.
Memphis will play their next game at home against L.A. Clippers. The Grizzlies have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .000 after a loss.