Clippers, Grizzlies renew rivalry in L.A.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Clippers will go for a fifth consecutive victory Monday night when they welcome the Memphis Grizzlies to the Staples Center.
The Clips haven't lost since Nov. 7 in Miami. Monday's battle with the Grizzlies will end a four-game homestand.
These two teams are certainly familiar with each other. The Clippers and Grizzlies have met 20 times over the last two seasons, including 13 playoff games. Memphis survived last year in the postseason and both sides are raring to go on Monday.
"You can watch Memphis against anyone and it's going to be contentious," Clippers head coach Doc Rivers said. "That's just the way they play. They're physical. They bump. Clearly, we didn't handle it well (in the playoffs). We have an opportunity on Monday, but that's still early in the season."
The Clippers earned their fourth consecutive win on Saturday with a 110-103 victory over the Brooklyn Nets. Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett didn't play for Brooklyn in what was supposed to be a reunion between the two and Rivers, their longtime head coach with the Boston Celtics.
Blake Griffin was great with 30 points and 12 rebounds. J.J. Redick had 26 points on 5-for-7 shooting from behind the 3-point line. Chris Paul has 10 double-doubles to open the season as he recorded 12 points and 13 assists against Brooklyn.
Jamal Crawford scored 13 points, Byron Mullens chipped in 10 off the bench and DeAndre Jordan pulled down 16 rebounds.
The Grizzlies have started their four-game western trip 2-0 thanks to wins over the Los Angeles Lakers and Sacramento Kings.
Against Sacramento, Memphis took a 13-point lead into the half and held on over the final 24 minutes to get to .500.
Zach Randolph notched a double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Mike Conley scored 19 points and handed out nine assists, while Marc Gasol missed a triple-double by two rebounds and an assist.
"One thing about me, I don't try to get rebounds, I don't try to get assists, I don't try to get points, I try to win," said Gasol, who also had 19 points on Sunday. "That's how I play and how I always will play. I don't care about numbers."
Tony Allen managed 12 points.
The Grizzlies head to Oracle Arena Wednesday to play the Golden State Warriors.
The Clippers took three of four regular-season meetings last season and five of seven over the last two seasons.
11/18 10:20:52 ET