(LOS ANGELES) — With the series tied 2-2, the Memphis Grizzlies knew they needed a win in Los Angeles if they wanted to win the series.
Zach Randolphs and Marc Gasol combined to score 46 points and grab 19 rebounds as the Grizzlies crushed the Clippers 103-93 to take a 3-2 series lead in their first-round playoff series.
“It certainly feels better than going home down 2-3,” coach Lionel Hollins said.
Randolph scored 10 points in the fourth quarter to help the Grizzlies withstand a late rally by the Clippers.
Chris Paul scored 35 points for the Clippers, who dealt with a Blake Griffin ankle injury for the entire game. The All-Star forward rolled his ankle during practice on Monday and had a tough time getting up and down the floor. He finished with just four points and five rebounds.
Game six will be played Friday night in Memphis, where the Grizzlies will look to wrap up the series.
“We’re not going to lay down and we’re never going to give up,” coach Vinny Del Negro said. “We’re going to play hard, play together and try to do what we can to make it work. We’ve got to regroup and see how healthy we can get between now and then.”
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John Newsome and Anne Woolsey, CNN