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Los Angeles, CA.—The Los Angeles Clippers (12-6) played in their third overtime game of this young season on Friday afternoon and still has yet to lose in extras when the defeated the top-seeded Memphis Grizzlies 112-107. They moved to 8-1 at home. One day after the Thanksgiving holiday coming off a tough loss to the Washington Wizards they flew back to Los Angeles and picked up a big Western Conference win.
The Clippers trailed at halftime 52-44 in a game controlled by the defensive minded Grizzlies. They forced the Clippers to play their game in the first half and looked much in control.
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It was a different story in the second half when the Clippers came out more assertive and played the pace have been accustomed to playing outscoring the Grizzlies 31-18 in the third quarter taking a 75-70 lead into the final quarter. Then the Grizzlies saw their point guard and floor general Mike Conley pick up four fouls in the 4th (3 off) and ultimately became disqualified with just under three minutes remaining.
Then they were able to capitalize with Conley off the floor and found themselves within one possession (98-95) with 1.6 remaining when forward Danilo Gallinari was fouled by Marc Gasol from three. Gallinari walked up to the free throw line and buried all three pushed the game into overtime tied at 98, finished with 20 points (5-8 3pt) and 9 rebounds.
The Clippers outscored them 14-9 in the extra period to secure their eighth win in their last ten games. They now are in a virtual tie for first place in the Western Conference.
They were led by Montrezl Harrell who scored 22 points and pulled down 11 rebounds for his 5th double-double of the season. Lou Williams chipped in with 15 points and a team-high 6 assist. The bench outscored the Grizzlies 53-24.
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The Memphis Grizzles (12-6) were on a five game winning streak coming into Staples Center and felt they should have left with sixth straight but they were not allowed to play their game.
"Our defense is where we live," Head Coach JB Bickerstaff said. "It's frustrating when we are not allowed to defend the way that we are. That's our reputation and it's frustrating. We deserve the respect because of the character of the guys we have, to play this style of basketball. Our technique is good, our position is good. We work on it every single day. There's going to be contact sometimes, but if you're in legal guarding position you're allowed to do it."
Conley, who finished with 19 points and 11 assist before fouling out: "I felt like we deserved to win that game, and we had plenty of opportunities at the end, that didn't go our way, and they were the better team in overtime. It's tough to play in the situations we were put in at the end of tonight."
Center Marc Gasol led all scorers with 27 points and had a game-high 13 rebounds.
They travel back to Memphis to host the New York Knicks on Sunday Night.
Clippers travel to Portland to face the Trailblazers on who have beat them once already this year and the Clippers will look to avenge that loss on Sunday night.