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Friday, May 4, 2012

Grizzlies even series with Clippers


MEMPHIS, Tennessee — O.J. Mayo scored 10 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, and the Memphis Grizzlies bounced back to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 105-98 on Wednesday night.

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Tough in the paint: New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler poses with his trophy on Wednesday after being named the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year. AP

The Grizzlies blew a 27-point lead in losing Game 1 on Sunday night and letting the Clippers grab home-court advantage in the best-of-seven, first-round Western Conference series. They got back to their physical style and evened the series.

Game 3 is set for Saturday in Los Angeles.

Rudy Gay also scored 21 points as Memphis showed off its depth with six players reaching double figures. Mike Conley had 19, Zach Randolph 15, Marreese Speights 11 and Tony Allen 10.

All-Star guard Chris Paul led the Clippers with 29 points. Blake Griffin had 22, and Mo Williams and Nick Young 11 apiece.

The Grizzlies had the lead going into the fourth quarter for a second straight game. This time, the Clippers got no closer than four.

Spurs 114, Jazz 83

In San Antonio, Tony Parker scored 18 points and the Spurs handed Utah its second-worst playoff loss, routing the Jazz to take a 2-0 series lead.

Newly named NBA Coach of the Year Gregg Popovich practically put the Spurs on autopilot after a 20-0 run in the second quarter that stunned Utah, which had vowed to play better after the Spurs easily won Game 1. But this loss was even more humiliating.

Tim Duncan finished with 12 points and 13 rebounds for San Antonio, and Kawhi Leonard had 17 points.

Game 3 is Saturday night in Salt Lake City.

Pacers 97, Magic 74

In Orlando, Danny Granger had 26 points and nine rebounds, Roy Hibbert added 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Indiana beat the Magic to take a 2-1 series lead.

Glen Davis led Orlando with 22 points, and J.J. Redick added 13. The Magic never led, struggled to get any scoring in the paint, and made a series-low five 3-pointers.

Game 4 is set for Saturday in Orlando.

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