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Clippers crush Grizzlies

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

MEMPHIS, Tennessee - The Los Angeles Clippers passed the first test of a difficult NBA road swing by beating the Memphis Grizzlies 99-73 yesterday behind 16 points each from reserves Jamal Crawford and Matt Barnes.

The Clippers easily beat one of the best teams in the Western Conference and they did it without star guard Chris Paul, who missed the game with a bruised knee.

Filling in for Paul, Eric Bledsoe scored 14 points for Los Angeles, which snapped a brief two-game road losing streak.

The Clippers just started a road trip which will see them play 15 of 19 games away from Staples Center arena.

The Clippers are 18-4 at home compared to 11-5 on the road.

Zach Randolph finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who played without forward Rudy Gay who left the team to attend the funeral of his grandmother.

Chicago's Carlos Boozer had 20 points and 13 rebounds and Luol Deng scored 18 points as the Chicago Bulls held Atlanta to a franchise-low 20 points in the first half of a 97-58 victory over the Hawks.

Reserve forward Mike Scott scored 10 points to lead Atlanta as none of the starters reached double figures. Josh Smith and Kyle Korver had nine points each. Emeka Okafor had 19 points and 11 rebounds to lead six players in double figures for Washington as the Wizards beat the Orlando Magic 120-91 for their third straight win.

The Wizards were just 4-28 before their streak, but beat Oklahoma City, Atlanta and now Orlando - all at home — to nearly double their wins total.