Getting away from home and bonding on the road has done wonders for the Memphis Grizzlies. After causing a bit of anxiety with their fan base because of inconsistent play, the Griz have navigated through tough terrain and seemingly found smooth pavement. Their 106-102 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night in Staples Center marked the Grizzlies’ third straight victory — all on the road. After starting the season 0-3 away from FedExForum, Memphis has a chance at a perfect four-game road trip Wednesday when they play at the Golden State Warriors. Zach Randolph again powered the Grizzlies’ attack with 26 points and 15 rebounds. Center Marc Gasol flirted with a triple double for a third straight game, finishing with 23 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. The Griz handed the Clippers their first home loss this season. Los Angeles won its first five games in Staples Center. Blake Griffin led the Clippers with 23 points and 11 boards. Gasol and Randolph dominated the final period with their post play after the score was knotted at 81 through three quarters. Memphis clung to a 52-51 lead at halftime. Griz coach Dave Joerger’s short rotation got even more limited unexpectedly in the first quarter. Joerger has committed to a nine-man rotation on the road trip, which is notable because it excludes reserve forward Ed Davis. But the Griz didn’t count on playing without starting two guard Tony Allen.
Grizzlies trip Clippers, 106-102
Memphis Commercial Appeal | Nov 19