Regular Season Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series starts 1/3

Game 1: Friday, January 3rd
Game 2: Wednesday, January 8th
Game 3: Sunday, March 30th
Game 4: Tuesday, April 8th

Clippers 108

(24-53, 9-28 away)

Grizzlies 111


    Coverage: FSS

    7:00 PM ET, April 8, 2003

    1 2 3 4 T
    LAC 26 33 26 23108
    MEM 30 30 23 28111

    Top Performers

    LAC: E. Brand 21 Pts, 10 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 3 Blk

    Mem: P. Gasol 25 Pts, 10 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl

    Grizzlies end seven-game losing streak

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The Memphis Grizzlies were determined not to let another close one slip away.

    "We really felt we needed this win bad," said Pau Gasol, who scored 25 points, and made two free throws in the final 11 seconds to lead the Grizzlies to a 111-108 victory Tuesday night over the Los Angeles Clippers.

    The victory ended a seven-game losing streak for the Grizzlies, who lost three of those games by two points or less. Memphis squandered a 23-point fourth-quarter lead in a 102-101 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday.

    "We gave away a couple we shouldn't have so we needed to get this game," Gasol said.

    The Clippers' Eric Piatkowski got off the final shot of the game from 3-point range on an inbound pass with 2 seconds to go. It missed, wedging the ball between the basket and the backboard with no time left.

    "I'm supposed to be the team's designated 3-point shooter. All I could ask for was a good look. I got a good look," Piatkowski said.

    The Grizzlies led 104-94 with 4:13 left in the game on a three-point play by Gasol.

    But Los Angeles responded with 10 straight points to tie it at 104 with 1:13 remaining. That run was capped by a 3-pointer by Piatkowski from the left baseline.

    Jason Williams then hit a 19-foot jumper with 1:02 left and the Grizzlies stayed out front the rest of the way.

    Gasol also contributed 10 rebounds for Memphis, while the Grizzlies got 23 points from Williams. Shane Battier had 17 points and Mike Batiste had 15 and 11 rebounds for his first double-double of the season.

    The Clippers were led by Corey Maggette, who scored 22 points. Elton Brand had 21 and 10 rebounds for his 41st double-double of the season.

    Lamar Odom added 20 points for the Clippers, while Andre Miller had 17 and Piatkowski had 12.

    Memphis took its 10-point lead in the final period on a 14-4 run which began with a layup by Robert Archibald at 8:44. The run included eight straight Memphis points.

    The Grizzlies took a 60-59 halftime lead thanks to two free throws by Batiste.

    Clippers coach Dennis Johnson said he was optimistic going into the game.

    "The Grizzlies had too many offensive rebounds and they capitalized on our turnovers," Johnson said. "It wasn't like anybody stopped anybody tonight ... We lost a game that I believe we had a chance to win."

    Game notes
    The Grizzlies said C Lorenzen Wright and G Mike Miller are out for the rest of the season. Wright has an injured right thumb and Miller has back spasms. ... Memphis activated rookies C Cezary Trybanski and F Chris Owens. Owens had been on the injured reserve list since the start of the season recovering from knee surgery. ... The Clippers announced that C Michael Olowokandi will be out for the rest of the season following knee surgery. ... Los Angeles was beginning a five-game road trip. ... The Clippers hold a 17-15 advantage in the series. ... Brand entered the game averaging 18.7 points and 13.3 rebounds in the three games since returning from a lower left leg stress fracture.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 108 111
    FGM-FGA 40-79 (.506) 38-89 (.427)
    3PM-3PA 6-19 (.316) 7-14 (.500)
    FTM-FTA 22-29 (.759) 28-34 (.824)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 7-37 16-46
    Assists 21 27
    Turnovers 16 14
    Steals 8 11
    Blocks 7 3
    Fast Break Points 7 8
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (1/0) 23 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles
    Elton Brand Brand
    Points: 21
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 3
    Pau Gasol Gasol
    Points: 25
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0