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             === Grizzlies down Clippers, grab 3-2 series lead ===
 Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Memphis' Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph don't
 have  the athletic  leaping ability of their counterparts in Lob City, but the
 Clippers  haven't found  the antidote  to stopping  them over  the last  three
 And a road team has finally taken a contest in this series.
 Randolph  had 10 of  his 25 points in the fourth to go with 11 rebounds, while
 Gasol  added 21 points  and eight boards in the Grizzlies' 103-93 win over Los
 Angeles in Game 5 of this Western Conference first-round series.
 The  duo  combined for  43 points and  19 rebounds  in Game 3  and went for 48
 points and 22 boards in Game 4.
 "We won defensively," Gasol said.
 The Grizzlies will attempt to close out the series in Memphis on Friday.
 Mike Conley tallied 20 points and six assists for the Grizzlies, who committed
 just  seven turnovers against  the team that forced the most in the NBA during
 the regular season.
 "We  played  the way  we've been  playing the last  few games," Grizzlies head
 coach Lionel Hollins said.
 Chris Paul tied a playoff career high with 35 points to lead Los Angeles.
 Clippers  forward Blake  Griffin  exited  the tilt  midway  through the  third
 quarter   with  a  right  ankle  injury  that  he  hurt  in  practice  Monday.
 Griffin finished with just four points on 2-of-7 shooting.
 "It  was an unfortunate thing that happened yesterday. He came down on Lamar's
 (Odom)  foot. Today  in the  third  quarter he  was struggling  to move.  It's
 unfortunate  timing, a  freak thing," Clippers head coach Vinny Del Negro said
 of Griffin's injury.
 Jamal Crawford finished with 15 points in defeat.
 "We  can't  allow them  33 free  throws and we  have to  control their big men
 better.  They  put a lot of  pressure on us with  their two bigs. We need more
 production from a lot of guys," Del Negro said.
 Gasol  picked up his  fifth foul with 10:23 remaining and two Matt Barnes free
 throws  whittled the  Los Angeles deficit to 75-71, but the Clippers never got
 any closer.
 A  bit later,  after DeAndre Jordan's tip-in again trimmed the margin to four,
 Memphis  answered as  Tony Allen got his tip-in to drop and Randolph's running
 hook across the paint increased the advantage to 81-73 with 8:26 to go.
 Eric Bledsoe split a pair of free throws and Crawford knocked down a jumper on
 back-to-back  touches  to get  LA within  91-86, but  Tayshaun Prince nailed a
 backbreaking  right wing  triple to make it  94-86 to all but seal the outcome
 with 1:29 left.
 LA  led  28-26 after  a quarter  of play, but  the Grizzlies  used an 11-2 run
 during  the  latter stages  of  the  second to  vault  them  to a  seven-point
 Gasol,  who  had five points  during the surge,  had a three-point play before
 Jerryd Bayless capped it with a 3-pointer for a 49-42 Memphis cushion.
 The Grizzlies went into the locker room with a 54-48 spread.
 Back-to-back  buckets by  Paul pulled the Clippers within 54-52 before Memphis
 answered  with 11 unanswered points. Gasol had six points during the swing and
 Conley  concluded  it with a three-point  play for a 65-52 lead midway through
 the third.
 Memphis entered the final frame with a 73-65 advantage.
                                   Game Notes
 Prince  netted  15 points  for Memphis  ... The  Grizzlies were 26-of-33 (78.8
 percent)  from  the foul line,  while the  Clippers went 19-of-25 (76 percent)
 from the charity stripe.
 05/01 02:40:27 ET