Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins continues to get asked the question: How is his team doing this?

To which Hollins just emphasizes that there are no smoke and mirrors or magic formulas to how the Grizzlies play. His insists that the team is on a simple mission as the regular season draws to a close.

Hollins wants his troops to be comfortable and consistent with their brand of basketball every time out. And that certainly looked to be the case Wednesday night when the Grizzlies dealt the Los Angeles Clippers a 96-85 loss in Staples Center, and a heavy-handed dose of what Hollins was talking about.

“We've been executing really well,” Hollins said. “We've been moving the ball very well, playing well together, and attacking.”

In earning their sixth straight victory and 14th win in 15 games, the Griz were as efficient on offense as they were dogged defensively – especially down the stretch.

The Clippers’ high powered offense never got on track against the Grizzlies’ NBA-leading defense, which allows just 89.5 points per game.