(Sports Network) - The Memphis Grizzlies look to keep rolling when they resume
a four-game road trip Wednesday against the Los Angeles Clippers.
The Grizzlies have won five in a row and 13 of their last 14 games, and opened
the trip with Tuesday's 102-97 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers. Zach
Randolph had 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Marc Gasol scored a team-high 20
points for Memphis, which is a franchise-best 24 games above .500 (43-19).
Mike Conley had 14 points and a career-high 15 assists in the win. He recorded
12 points and four assists in the fourth quarter.
"It was a nice win against a very tough ballclub that wouldn't quit," Memphis
coach Lionel Hollins said.
The Grizzlies are third in the Western Conference and first in defense,
allowing 89.5 points per game. They are 20-0 when scoring 100-plus points on
Memphis is 18-11 on the road and has won three straight as the guest. It is
one road win shy of matching a team record set in the 2003-04, 2004-05 and
2005-06 campaigns. Denver and Utah remain on the current trek.
Memphis is just a half-game ahead of the Clippers for third in the West.
Los Angeles will resume a three-game homestand Wednesday and has alternated
wins and losses over the past five games.
In a 129-97 blowout of the Detroit Pistons on Sunday in the opener of the
residency, Blake Griffin scored 22 points and Chris Paul recorded 20 points
and 14 assists to lead the way.
Matt Barnes scored 16 points and Caron Butler added 15 for the Clippers, who
are 10-3 in the past 13 games and fourth in the West standings.
"When we play the right way, we're tough to beat," said Paul.
The Clippers are 25-7 at home this season and will close out the homestand
versus the New York Knicks on Sunday.
In injury news for L.A., guard Eric Bledsoe (calf) is doubtful versus the
Grizzlies and guard Jamal Crawford (ankle) is probable. Butler is expected to
miss at least a week with a strained left elbow.
Los Angeles has taken both meetings with Memphis this season and six of the
past seven matchups overall. The Grizzlies have lost four in a row and 10 of
the previous 12 games at the Clippers.
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