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    Paul George leads Clippers past short-handed Grizzlies
    • January 13, 2024

    By CLAY BAILEY The Associated Press

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Paul George scored a season-high 37 points, Kawhi Leonard added 22 and the Clippers defeated the Memphis Grizzlies, 128-119, on Friday night.

    George connected on 12 of 18 shots from the field, going 7 for 10 from 3-point range, in his sixth game this season with at least 30 points. Leonard, who signed a three-year $152.4M contract extension on Wednesday, was 10 of 16 from the field.

    Amir Coffey had 13 points, making all six of his attempts as the Clippers shot 55% from the floor.

    Jaren Jackson Jr. led Memphis with 21 points, and Xavier Tillman finished with 20 points and nine rebounds. David Roddy scored 17.

    Desmond Bane had 15 points for the injury-riddled Grizzlies before leaving in the third quarter when he hurt his left ankle on a drive to the basket.

    Shortly after Bane’s departure, the Clippers pushed their lead to 23 points. They were still shooting above 61% overall and 52% from behind the arc at the end of the third.

    The Clippers’ recent success – winning eight of nine and 22 of their past 28 games – has moved them into fourth place in the Western Conference ahead of a showdown with first-place Minnesota on Sunday.

    Memphis continues to deal with a season full of injuries. Leading scorer Ja Morant, who was suspended 25 games to start the season for twice waving a gun on social media, underwent surgery on his right shoulder Thursday and is done for the season.

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    Immediately after that, the team announced his backup, point guard Marcus Smart, injured his right ring finger and will be re-evaluated in six weeks. They were part of a half-dozen Memphis rotation players out with injuries against the Clippers.

    Meanwhile, the Clippers were at full strength, which showed in the second quarter. They outscored Memphis 42-27 in the period, shooting 76.2%, including 7 for 10 from long range. That stretched the lead to 65-53 at the break.


    The Clippers play at Minnesota on Sunday at 4 p.m. PT.

    ​ Orange County Register