How much fun was that? In the blink of an eye, the Grizzlies battled back to win four straight games against the Clippers to avenge the demons of their 2012 first-round exit to this same squad from Los Angeles.
Chris Paul and Matt Barnes did all they could to keep the Clippers afloat, but at the end of the day Zach Randolph had the final say in this series.
Before the game, the Grizzlies handed out towels with Randolph’s famous quote from November, 2012 printed on the front. The Grizzlies, and their All-Star power forward didn’t bluff, at least not on this night.
The Grizzlies advanced to the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs with a 118-105 game 6 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on a cold, rainy Friday night in Memphis, Tennessee.
Randolph ended the game with 23 points and 5 rebounds as well as sending an already aggressive sell-out crowd into a frenzy when he was given his second technical foul and ejected late in the 4th quarter. Randolph was given the technical after mouthing at the Clippers’ bench during a free throw, but by that time the damage was done.
After being booted, Randolph fired his headband into the stands and headed to the Grizzlies’ locker room to start the celebration. He had most definitely earned it.
Also pulling their weight was the Grizzlies’ bench. Quincy Pondexter and Jerryd Bayless both had their best offensive game of the series, along with multiple big shots that occured late in the shot clock or to halt a Clippers run that was threatening to see the Clippers take the lead from the Grizzlies.
Now that the Grizzlies have exorcised some demons from 2012, they’ll turn their attention to avenging some from 2011. The Oklahoma City Thunder eliminated the Grizzlies in the second round of the 2011 playoffs and will look to do the same in 2013. The Thunder will be without their All-Star point guard, Russell Westbrook.
For all of the information that you need to know about the upcoming Grizzlies-Thunder series, we’ll have a podcast up this weekend with Fansided NBA Editor Andrew Kennedy.