Nuggets, Grizzlies win heading into Game 6s

Nuggets, Grizzlies win heading into Game 6s
May 1, 2013, 1:45 am
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Zach Randolph scored 10 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter and the Memphis Grizzlies capitalized on Blake Griffin's ankle injury to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 103-93 on Tuesday night, taking a 3-2 lead in their first-round Western Conference playoff series.

Mike Conley added 20 points for the Grizzlies. The Clippers, who won their last seven games of the regular season to clinch home-court advantage for the first two rounds, would force a deciding seventh game on Sunday at Staples Center with a win in Memphis.

Chris Paul led Los Angeles with 35 points, tying a career playoff high.  

The Grizzlies only had seven turnovers in the game, none in the fourth quarter. Center Marc Gasol had 21 points on 6 of 14 shooting, eight rebounds and two blocks despite foul trouble. When he went to the bench, Randolph dominated Clippers center DeAndre Jordan by taking him away from the basket and beating him off the dribble to make 5 of 6 shots. 

"Second quarter, we took control of the game with our defense and we played with that (intensity) for the rest of the game," Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins said. "In the fourth quarter when Marc got his fifth foul, Zach took over and carried us with some big plays."

The rebounding may have won the game. We only had seven turnovers.  

Next game: Game 6 is in Memphis on Friday (ESPN, time TBD). 

Nuggets 107, Warriors 100

In a must-win at home, Denver got out to an early lead and roughed up PG Stephen Curry, PG Jarrett Jack and SG Klay Thompson of Golden State and now trail the series 3-2. Curry, who had 18 three-pointers that were the most by any player in NBA history in the first four playoff games of his career, missed his first five 3-pointers before finally making one with five minutes left in the game.

Player of the game: SF Andre Iguodala had a game-high 25 points on 10 of 17 shooting, 12 rebounds, two steals and one blocked shot for the Nuggets.

Turning point: Denver went on a 21-9 run to end the first quarter and start the second as they went into the half ahead 66-46. PF Kenneth Faried, who finished with 13 points on 5 of 8 shooting, had seven of those points and eight boards. Curry was held to 3-for-9 shooting in the first two quarters. Curry finished 7-for-19 overall, including 1-for-7 from long range, for 15 points.

Trending downward: Warriors C Andrew Bogut was scoreless in the first half. He finished with just two points in 18 minutes on 1-for-4 shooting for his worst game of the series. … Nuggets SF Corey Brewer shot 1-for-11.

Next: Game 6 is Oakland on Thursday  (TNT, 10:30 p.m.  ET)