MARC Gasol knocked down the go-ahead triple as the Memphis Grizzlies showcased some rare shooting display from beyond the arc to hand the Los Angeles Clippers their first loss in more than two weeks, 111-107, on Wednesday (Thursday, Manila time) at the Staples Center.
Trailing 106-107, Mike Conley found Gasol on the left corner and the Memphis big man nailed his fourth three-pointer of the game to put the Grizzlies up 109-107 with 14 ticks left. Conley then stole the ball from JJ Redick in the next play and hit both his free throws to seal the win.
Conley waxed hot early for the Grizzlies as he led a second quarter surge to turn a 26-28 deficit after one period to a 61-46 advantage at the break. The Memphis point guard scored 18 points at the break.
Redick turned up the heat after halftime, knocking down seven triples in the second half, four in the third to cut down a Memphis lead that was at its highest at 16 down to seven at the end of the period.
The Grizzlies again built a seven point lead midway through the fourth quarter until Redick knocked down three straight treys to put the Clippers back ahead before Gasol took charge in the endgame.
Memphis drilled 15 triples on 57.7 percent shooting from beyond the arc. Conley finished with 30 points, including seven treys, while Gasol had 26 markers to nab their second straight win and improve to 6-5.
Redick also had seven triples on his way to a team-high 29 points for the Clippers, who saw their seven game win streak snapped and fell to 10-2. Blake Griffin added 25 markers while Chris Paul struggled with only nine points on 3-of-11 shooting.