Memphis executed its gameplan to crawl back into its Western Conference first-round series with a 94-82 victory over the Clippers on Thursday night. Los Angeles leads the series 2-1.

Memphis got off to the start it wasn't able to either time in Los Angeles. Randolph scored a combined 26 points in the first two games. He had 18 points in the first half Thursday and finished with 27 and 11 boards.

Randolph's lone steal went to Keyon Dooling on a fastbreak for a 21-14 lead, the Grizzlies' biggest lead of the series at that point. Memphis led by as many as 16. Randolph had a shot blocked by Lamar Odom in the second quarter -- one of L.A.’s 10 -- but kept control of the ball and scored for a 37-31 lead.

The Clippers again won from behind the arc, nine makes to Memphis' four, but the Grizzlies won by 14 in the paint and finally had a rebounding edge, 45-33. It was 28-all on the defensive glass but 17-5 on the offensive end. Memphis held a 22-4 edge in second-chance points.

The rebounds kept Los Angeles from running as freely as it likes and played into Memphis’ hands.

Tony Allen was 0 for 3 in the first half, but he returned to the court early during the halftime break to practice shooting. He scored six quick points in the third.

Meanwhile, Chris Paul's tormenting of Memphis halted for the time being. Paul looked more liked State Farm agent Cliff Paul, finishing with half as many fouls (4) as points (8). With Allen in his face, Paul air-balled a 3-pointer in the fourth quarter.

“It was uncharacteristic of us, especially me,” Paul said. “I had five turnovers. Our turnovers led to 17 of their points. They got offensive rebounds, things we hadn’t let them do.”

Pondexter had a playoff career-high 13 points. Center Marc Gasol had 16 points and credited point guard Mike Conley with limiting Paul’s damage on the pick-and-rolls. Conley had six points, but 10 assists and no turnovers. L.A. had 16 turnovers, Memphis 10.