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Clippers rout Grizzlies 113-96 to close March with 13-2 mark

April 1, 2019

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Danilo Gallinari had 27 points and 15 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Clippers routed the Memphis Grizzlies 113-96 on Sunday night for their league-leading 13th win in 15 games.

The Clippers closed March with the NBA’s best record at 13-2, tying the highest winning percentage in the month in team history set in 2014.

Montrezl Harrell added 20 points, making 10 of 11 free throws, and Lou Williams had 17 points for the Clippers.

Already without Mike Conley, the injury-riddled Grizzlies lost Jonas Valanciunas with 6:16 left in the third quarter. The 7-footer appeared to hurt his right leg going for a rebound. He grimaced while being supported by two teammates as he hopped off the court.

Valanciunas finished with nine points and seven rebounds, one night after a career-high 34 points and 20 rebounds in a comeback victory at Phoenix.

Delon Wright led Memphis with 20 points and Chandler Parsons added 17.

The Grizzlies made up ground in the fourth against most of the Clippers’ second unit. Memphis cut its deficit from 19 to 11 points but never got under double digits.

The Grizzlies scored the game’s first basket for their only lead. The Clippers ran off the next 10 points.

Then the rout was on.

The Clippers led by 20 points in the second on Ivica Zubac’s highlight reel one-handed slam after catching a pass from Landry Shamet.

Los Angeles stretched it to 26 points — its largest of the game — in the third. Zubac scored six straight points and Harrell had the Clippers’ final six points of the quarter, keeping them ahead 87-68.

TIP-INS

Grizzlies: Conley (left ankle soreness) didn’t play after tweaking his ankle on Saturday night. He is one game from setting a personal record for most games played in a season. He’s appeared in 70 so far. ... They fell to 1-6 this season without Conley in the lineup. ... Valanciunas’ streak of double-doubles in a career-high six straight games ended. ... They fell to 11-27 on the road and 8-16 against the West away from home.

Clippers: Their 17-5 mark since the Feb. 7 trade deadline is the NBA’s best. ... They improved to 36-6 when they grab more rebounds than an opponent.

UP NEXT

Grizzlies: At Portland on Wednesday.

Clippers: Host Houston on Wednesday, the first of three playoff-bound teams they’ll face in their final four regular-season games.

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