The Los Angeles Clippers seem to be developing the nasty habit of blowing double-digit leads.
They did it on Monday against the Kings, they did it on Wednesday against the Lakers, and they did it Saturday against the Grizzlies.
Los Angeles had the ball with a chance to win with five seconds remaining, but Memphis forced Baron Davis into missing a turnaround, fadeaway jumper from the baseline, and Blake Griffin’s tip attempt just before the buzzer was denied by Marc Gasol.
Coming into the game, the Grizzlies led the league in forcing turnovers, while the Clippers were ranked 28th in committing them.
That trend continued Saturday afternoon, as the Clippers turned the ball over a season-high 27 times, leading to 28 Memphis points.
Eric Gordon again led L.A. in scoring with 25 points, but the interior tandem of Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol proved to be too much for the Clippers to handle.
Randolph, just one game removed from a season-best 34-point, 17-rebound performance against Phoenix, scored 18 points and grabbed 13 rebounds Saturday against the Clippers. Gasol chipped in with 17 points and eight rebounds of his own.
Griffin finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds, good for his 11th consecutive double-double, but other than Griffin, Gordon and reserve Brian Cook, Los Angeles was unable to muster much of an offensive rhythm.
Cook scored 13 points on 5-8 shooting in his first game back after serving a two-game suspension. DeAndre Jordan led the Clippers with 14 rebounds.
The Clippers out-rebounded the Grizzlies 43-31, but it was the second straight game L.A. managed to out-rebound the opponent and still lose.
Reserve guard Tony Allen, who averages just over 10 minutes per game this season for Memphis, was a spark off the bench, scoring eight points while picking up four steals and a blocked shot in 16 minutes of action. He hadn’t played in the previous two games for the Grizzlies.
Los Angeles led by as many as 12 midway through the second quarter, but led by just six at the half.
The Grizzlies will now head home to face the Blazers on Monday.
The Clippers, with an NBA-worst 5-19 record, will host Orlando at Staples Center Sunday.
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Written by Taylor Smith
Taylor Smith is a writer for the Los Angeles Clippers.