With boxing icon Floyd Mayweather sitting courtside, the Grizzlies used their speed and craftiness on defense to keep the NBA’s second highest scoring team on the ropes all night. Point guard Mike Conley’s steal on the Los Angeles Clippers’ second to last possession ended up being the Grizzlies’ last strong jab in their 90-87 victory Monday night in Staples Center. The Griz led by a single point but the Clippers had the ball with a chance to win with less than 15 seconds left. That’s when Conley stole the ball from Chris Paul and sprinted the other way. Conley was eventually fouled and converted two free throws, leaving just 1.5 ticks on the clock. The game ended with Matt Barnes throwing the ball the length of the court and right into the hands of Courtney Lee. Los Angeles had no timeouts left to advance the ball. Fittingly, defensive stops saved the Griz. They entered the game allowing the fewest points (95.7) in the league, and had given up an average of just 88.3 points in the previous 13 contests. The Clippers entered the contest averaging 107.3 points per game. They had scored at least 110 points in each game of a four-game winning streak that ended with them getting no help for Paul, who finished with 30 points and 10 assists. Jamal Crawford (15 points) was the only other Clippers player to score in double figures. Memphis had four players reach double digits scoring led by Conley’s 18 points. Jeff Green added 16.
Late steal seals 90-87 victory for Grizzlies over Clippers
Memphis Commercial Appeal | Feb 24