Grizzlies beat Clippers 90-88 to force 7th game
By BETH HARRIS
Posted May 12 2012 1:22AM
LOS ANGELES (AP) This time, the fourth quarter belonged to the Memphis Grizzlies.
Long the domain of the Clippers’ Chris Paul, it was the Grizzlies who rallied in the closing minutes to beat Los Angeles 90-88 and force a decisive seventh game in their playoff series.
Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph worked their inside-out game to perfection on a night when Paul and Blake Griffin were limited by injuries and the Clippers’ bench couldn’t quite put them over the top.
“This one has to hurt,” Paul said. “If it doesn’t hurt, it means you don’t care.”
Gasol scored 23 points, Randolph had 18 points and 16 rebounds, and Rudy Gay and Mike Conley added 13 points each to help the Grizzlies win for the first time in the Western Conference series at Staples Center and stave off elimination.