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NBA: Balanced Clippers offense too much for Grizzlies
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Los Angeles • Chris Paul led seven players in double figures with 23 points, Eric Bledsoe had 15 and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Memphis Grizzlies 112-91 on Saturday while getting just one dunk in their playoff opener.

Chauncey Billups scored 14 points, and Caron Butler and Jamal Crawford had 13 apiece on a night when Blake Griffin was held to 10 points and five rebounds before fouling out with 3:32 left as Lob City was grounded.

Reserve Jerryd Bayless led the Grizzlies with 19 points, Marc Gasol had 16 and Zach Randolph had 13 points and four rebounds while playing with five fouls in the rematch of last year's first-round series, won by the Clippers in seven games. Bayless was one of four Grizzlies with four fouls.

Griffin missed a dunk in the first quarter, when Tony Allen and Ed Davis had Memphis' only two. DeAndre Jordan's driving one-handed slam midway through the fourth was the Clippers' first, and the big man's first basket of the game.

The Grizzlies closed within a point early in the fourth on a 3-pointer by former Clipper Keyon Dooling. Los Angeles answered with a 15-3 run to go up 92-79, equaling the 13-point lead it had in the first half. Eric Bledsoe, who had seven points, opened and closed the spurt with layups as the reserves played an important role in the key stretch.

The Clippers kept their feet on the ground for most of a game dominated by referees. Memphis was called for 29 fouls and the Clippers 28. —

Clippers lead series 1-0

O Chris Paul leads seven players in double figures with 23 points as the Clippers cruise past Memphis in Game 1 of their Western Conference playoffs series.

• Blake Griffin is held to just 10 points and five rebounds before fouling out with less than four minutes left in the game. —

Clippers 112, Grizzlies 91

FG FT Reb

Memphis Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts

Prince 29:07 1-5 0-0 0-4 3 2 2

Randolph 24:43 6-10 1-2 0-4 1 5 13

Gasol 40:54 4-12 8-11 0-2 7 4 16

Conley 28:01 5-11 2-3 1-1 5 4 12

Allen 16:30 3-4 2-2 0-0 0 3 8

Davis 12:40 3-4 0-0 1-6 0 0 6

Bayless 30:16 6-12 5-5 0-2 3 4 19

Daye 5:43 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Arthur 12:12 0-3 0-0 1-3 0 4 0

Dooling 18:11 2-4 0-0 0-0 2 2 6

Pondexter 17:48 2-3 0-0 1-1 1 0 5

Leuer 2:07 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0

Wroten 1:48 1-2 2-2 0-0 0 0 4

Totals 240:00 33-71 20-25 4-23 22 29 91

Percentages: FG .465, FT .800. 3-Point Goals: 5-12, .417 (Dooling 2-3, Bayless 2-4, Pondexter 1-1, Wroten 0-1, Conley 0-3). Team Rebounds: 5. Team Turnovers: 7 (6 PTS). Blocked Shots: 1 (Daye). Turnovers: 7 (Randolph 3, Bayless 2, Conley 2). Steals: 3 (Conley 2, Bayless). Technical Fouls: Dooling, 11:26 second.

FG FT Reb

L.A.C. Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts

Butler 23:59 6-9 0-0 1-7 0 2 13

Griffin 25:27 3-9 4-5 1-5 3 6 10

Jordan 30:40 1-1 1-2 3-8 0 4 3

Paul 32:55 7-11 6-6 0-2 7 1 23

Billups 21:28 4-8 4-5 0-2 0 1 14

Crawford 26:32 5-12 2-2 2-2 1 1 13

Barnes 22:40 4-6 2-2 2-4 1 2 10

Hollins 8:40 1-2 0-1 0-0 1 4 2

Odom 18:21 1-7 2-4 3-7 3 3 4

Bledsoe 18:19 7-7 1-2 1-6 4 1 15

Turiaf 9:12 2-2 1-2 1-3 0 3 5

Green 1:48 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0

Totals 240:01 41-74 23-31 14-47 20 28 112

Percentages: FG .554, FT .742. 3-Point Goals: 7-19, .368 (Paul 3-4, Billups 2-4, Butler 1-3, Crawford 1-6, Barnes 0-1, Odom 0-1). Team Rebounds: 9. Team Turnovers: 13 (17 PTS). Blocked Shots: 4 (Griffin 2, Butler, Odom). Turnovers: 11 (Billups 3, Griffin 2, Odom 2, Bledsoe, Butler, Jordan, Paul). Steals: 4 (Paul 2, Barnes, Butler). Technical Fouls: Bench, 7:39 third.

Memphis 21 30 18 22 — 91

L.A. Clippers 29 28 18 37 — 112

Attendance • 19,373

Time • 2:40.

Officials • Scott Foster, John Goble, Bill Kennedy.

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