Grizzlies oust Clippers in six games

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Updated: May 4, 2013

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The Memphis Grizzlies earned some payback this
postseason by sending Los Angeles home early after they had been ousted by the
Clippers in last year’s Western Conference quarterfinals.

The Grizzlies used a balanced attack in a physical Game 6 to come away with
their fourth straight victory, a 118-105 decision thanks to seven double-digit
scorers and their ability to get to the foul line.

Mike Conley and Zach Randolph each scored 23 points, while Tony Allen filled
the stat sheet with 19 points, seven rebounds and six assists for fifth-seeded
Memphis, which will play the West’s top seed, the Oklahoma City Thunder, in
the next round after they finished off the Houston Rockets on Friday.

The Grizzlies, who lost as a No. 4 seed to Los Angeles in last year’s first
round, became the 16th team in NBA history to rally from an 0-2 deficit to win
a seven-game series and the 10th to finish it off in Game 6.

Chris Paul paced the fourth-seeded Clippers with 28 points and eight assists,
but was ejected with 2:29 remaining in the game after receiving his second
technical foul for throwing a cheap shot into Marc Gasol’s abdomen.

Matt Barnes stepped up with Blake Griffin limited due to a high ankle sprain
and put in 30 points on 11-of-14 shooting, but Los Angeles could not stop the
suddenly-clicking Grizzlies.