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Clippers set franchise's three-point mark in win over Grizzlies

Zach Randolph leads the team with 35 points as the Clippers produce a team-record 16 three-point field goals in 126-105 win over host Memphis.

February 07, 2009|Associated Press

MEMPHIS, TENN — . -- The Clippers used the best three-point shooting night in franchise history to end their seven-game losing streak.

Zach Randolph had 35 points and 10 rebounds, and Ricky Davis had a season-high 24 points as the Clippers used a team-record 16 three-pointers to beat the Memphis Grizzlies, 126-105, on Friday night.

"It was one of them nights," Randolph said.

The previous record was 14, achieved twice, the last time against Dallas on Jan. 26, 2002.

Eric Gordon scored 23 for the Clippers, who won for the first time on the road since Dec. 19 at Indiana, a skid that had reached 11 consecutive road setbacks. The Clippers shot 59% from the field, including 55% from beyond the arc.

"I think our strong suit is just being able to get up and down and see how many points we can score," Clipper guard Baron Davis said. "We don't pride ourselves on our defense."

Memphis was forced to go to the bench early as Darko Milicic picked up three fouls in just over four minutes. O.J. Mayo (10 points) and Marc Gasol also were whistled for three fouls in the half. With rookie forward Darrell Arthur away for family reasons, the foul problems left the Grizzlies short-handed. Memphis Coach Lionel Hollins said Arthur's absence forced him to go with 7-footers Milicic and Gasol in the starting lineup.

"I don't think that worked too well," said Hollins, who was named coach after Marc Iavaroni was fired Jan. 22. "Obviously, it didn't work too well against this team."

The 68 points were nine more than the Clippers have had in any half this season.

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