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Grizzlies get even with Clippers, 104-83

Memphis dominates in just about every way again, and Matt Barnes doesn't like what he sees with the series coming back to L.A.

April 27, 2013|By Broderick Turner
  • Clippers point guard Eric Bledsoe drives to the basket between Grizzlies forwards Darrell Arthur (00) and Zach Randolph in Game 4 on Saturday afternoon in Memphis.
Clippers point guard Eric Bledsoe drives to the basket between Grizzlies… (MIKE BROWN / EPA )

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Clippers have lost all of their playoff momentum and it has left one of them questioning their manhood.

They suffered their second straight double-digit loss in the first-round Western Conference series, this time going down in flames, 104-83, to the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday.

Blake Griffin (19 points), Chris Paul (19) and Jamal Crawford (12) were the only Clippers to score in double figures.

BOX SCORE: Memphis 104, Clippers 83

But that was only the beginning of their problems in Game 4 against a physical, hard-nosed Memphis team that won both of its games at the FedEx Forum to tie the best-of-seven series at 2-2.

Game 5 is Tuesday night at Staples Center, with Game 6 back in Tennessee on Friday.

"[The Grizzlies have] been punking us, basically," Matt Barnes said. "And if we keep this up, we'll be home next week, and that's the bottom line. From top to bottom, our team has been punked. There's no scouting report or adjustment. If we don't start playing like men, we're going to be sitting on the beach."

It didn't help the Clippers to have starters Caron Butler (zero points on 0-for-4 shooting), Chauncey Billups (zero points on 0-for-6 shooting) and DeAndre Jordan (two points) be a combined one for 13 from the field.

"They just had off games," Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro said.

The Clippers again were beaten in every which way.

They were outrebounded for the second straight game, 45-28. They gave up 13 offensive rebounds.

Griffin had his 10 rebounds, but Jordan had only two, the same as guards Paul and Billups.

"Right from the jump, I think we need to be the more aggressive team," Griffin said. "We need to hit first."

The Clippers were outscored 22-2 in second-chance shots. They were outscored in the paint, 46-38. They were even outscored in fastbreak points, 18-6.

And on top of all of that, they allowed the Grizzlies to shoot 50.6% from the field, with all five Memphis starters and a reserve scoring in double figures.

For the Grizzlies, it begins and ends with their big men, power forward Zach Randolph and center Marc Gasol.

Randolph had 24 points and nine rebounds, four offensive. Gasol had 24 points, 13 rebounds, four assists and three blocked shots.

They had more than enough help from Tayshaun Prince (15 points, six rebounds), Mike Conley (15 points, 13 assists) and Tony Allen (10 points).

"They won their first two, we won our two," Memphis Coach Lionel Hollins said. "Now we go out there and we try to get a win in L.A."

The Clippers had to claw all game long just to keep up with the Grizzlies, and they got to within 78-72 on a Crawford three-pointer in the fourth quarter.

But the Clippers continued to reel, getting outscored 33-16 in the final 12 minutes.

It led to Barnes' comments and to Paul having to respond to his teammate's jarring words.

"Nothing is malicious out there, but it's a dogfight," Paul said. "Both teams are fighting for their playoff lives and I think we've got to approach it that way.

"They are not going to give us nothing. The refs are not going to give us nothing and the other team is not going to lay down. And we've got to come out and be ready."

broderick.turner@latimes.com

Twitter: @BA_Turner

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