NBA Playoffs: Grizzlies Down Clippers, Force Game 7

After an odd final few minutes, the Grizzlies hung on to beat the Clippers, 90-88, to force Game 7.

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Clippers Vs. Grizzlies, NBA Playoffs 2012 Game 6 Final Score: Memphis Rides Bigs To 90-88 Win

Chris Paul and Blake Griffin both picked up slight injuries in Game 5 of the Los Angeles Clippers' series against the Memphis Grizzlies, and they were obviously affected on Friday night. Both players were far from their best on their home floor, and due to their struggles, they'll have to play a Game 7 in Memphis. The Grizzlies won their second straight game in the series on Friday, taking Game 6 at the STAPLES Center, 90-88.

Zach Randolph had a big game down low with 18 points and 16 rebounds, though his performance will probably be more remembered for this interesting three-point shot attempt than the good things that he did. Marc Gasol also had a big game with 23 points and nine rebounds while Tony Allen was stellar defensively and finished plus-15 in net points.

Paul looked like a shell of the best version of himself with 11 points and seven assists before he fouled out. He took just nine shots on the night and did not have his usual explosiveness. Griffin finished with 17 points and five rebounds.

The Clippers held an eight-point lead with eight minutes left in the game, but their offense dried up while Memphis began to look sharper on the offensive end. The big turning point in the game came with 6:28 remaining, when Rudy Gay made a runner while being fouled by Nick Young and hit the ensuing free throw to put the Grizzlies up by two points.

While down four points with under a minute remaining, the Clippers were gifted a chance to get back into the game, but threw it away. Allen went to the line and missed both free throws, but Randy Foye stepped on the baseline while grabbing the rebound, giving the ball back to Memphis. Despite that mistake, the Clippers got back to within two points with three seconds remaining, but did not foul and allowed the clock to run out to give Memphis the victory.

For complete coverage of Friday's Game 6, keep checking this StoryStream. For all news and information regarding the Los Angeles Clippers, please visit Clips Nation or check out SB Nation Los Angeles. For updates and perspective on the Memphis Grizzlies, head on over to Straight Outta Vancouver.

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Blake Griffin Does His Own Travel Dance

This isn't Blake Griffin lobbying for a travel. It's really just a new dance move.

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But if he did happen to be asking for a travel, he probably would've been right. Probably.

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Zach Randolph Should Shoot More Threes

Next year, there's one thing I want to see during All-Star Weekend, and only one thing. Get Zach Randolph and Andrew Bynum together and let them live their dreams out. Let them both fire up threes until their hearts are content. Make it a contest. Or just make it an exhibition. But televise the thing and let us all watch what happens.

Why, you ask? Well, here's Z-Bo:

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His hand was forced with the shot clock winding down, but still ... this needs to happen on the regular.

For complete coverage of Friday's Game 6, keep checking this StoryStream. For all news and information regarding the Los Angeles Clippers, please visit Clips Nation or check out SB Nation Los Angeles. For updates and perspective on the Memphis Grizzlies, head on over to Straight Outta Vancouver.

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Remember This Play

If the Grizzlies do happen to win and force Game 7, this play might be the one that put them over the edge. Memphis was making a run anyway, but this and-1 was big (and ridiculous).

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Related: Oooooohhhh, Nick Young.

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Blake Griffin, Chris Paul Jog Back On Defense; Jeff Van Gundy Is Still Yelling

To be fair, Blake Griffin and Chris Paul are kinda, sorta hurt. So I guess they saw the writing on the wall here and decided to just punt, living to fight another day. Whatever the case, it resulted in an easy break for the Grizzlies.

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And Caron Butler ... well, he wasn't feelin' it.

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Of course, Jeff Van Gundy is mad. Jeff Van Gundy is mad at everything, in fact. It's been a few minutes since the jogging incident and I'm pretty sure he's still yelling about it.

For complete coverage of Friday's Game 6, keep checking this StoryStream. For all news and information regarding the Los Angeles Clippers, please visit Clips Nation or check outSB Nation Los Angeles. For updates and perspective on the Memphis Grizzlies, head on over to Straight Outta Vancouver.

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