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Gay scores 35 as Grizzlies romp

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Rudy Gay scored 20 of his season-high 35 points in the third quarter and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Los Angeles Clippers 118-95 on Wednesday night to snap an eight-game losing streak. The victory was only the fourth on the road this season for the Grizzlies, three of them coming against Pacific Division teams. Rookie center Marc Gasol had 20 points, along with eight rebounds and a career-high 10 assists. Hakeem Warrick added 17 points. Al Thornton scored 25 points for the Clippers, who lost their fourth straight and have lost 30 games by double-digit margins - the most in the league and one more than Memphis. Grizzlies rookie O.J. Mayo had 18 points on 7-for-15 shooting, nearly a year after playing his final regular-season game for USC. He left the school following his freshman season for the NBA draft and was picked third overall by Memphis. Mayo returned to Los Angeles for the first time as a pro on Tuesday night against the Lakers and scored 17 points on 5-12 shooting. He is the only player to start all 60 games for the Grizzlies and leads all rookies with a team-best 19.1 scoring average. The Grizzlies outscored the Clippers 23-2 during a 5:41 stretch of the second half. That turned a five-point deficit into a 90-74 lead with 10:16 to play. Gay helped fuel the rally with 10 points, including a 3-pointer with 1.4 seconds left in the third quarter. The Clippers used their 27th different starting lineup due to the absence of leading-scorer Zach Randolph, who is dealing with his father's illness back in Indianapolis. Rookie Eric Gordon missed his fourth consecutive game because of a bruised left shoulder and Ricky Davis was sidelined for the second straight game with a sore left knee. Clippers leading rebounder Marcus Camby did not play the final three quarters because of a migrane, according to a team official. He played the first quarter, getting three points and six boards. Thornton, who missed 10 of his first 11 shots in Monday's 106-78 loss to San Antonio, hit a 17-foot baseline jumper with 1.8 seconds left in the second quarter to give the Clippers a 53-52 halftime lead. Memphis point guard Mike Conley left the game with 10:21 remaining in the first quarter because of a broken left front tooth, after getting elbowed in the mouth by Baron Davis while the Clippers' guard drove to the basket for a layup. To add insult to injury, Conley was called for a foul and Davis completed the three-point play. The Grizzlies had lost 20 of their previous 25 games, a stretch that began with 12 straight defeats. Notes: The Grizzlies are 28-26 against the Clippers. The only other team the Memphis/Vancouver franchise has a winning record against is the Charlotte Bobcats (7-3). ... The Grizzlies' bench includes three ex-Clippers, Quinton Ross, Marko Jaric and Darius Miles, who was re-signed for the rest of the season on Jan. 30 following a pair of 10-day contracts. ... The Grizzlies are 2-13 in the second game of back-to-backs. ... Grizzlies interim head coach Lionel Hollins played for the Clippers in 1982-83 when the team was based in San Diego. ... Gasol is leading all rookies with a .531 field-goal percentage. The franchise mark by a rookie over a full season is held by his brother Pau, who shot .518 in 2001-02.
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