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Conley, Grizzlies slip past Clippers

Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Mike Conley netted eight of his 15 points in a crucial stretch late in the fourth quarter as the Memphis Grizzlies stayed perfect on their road trip with a 106-102 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers from Staples Center.

Zach Randolph turned in a 26-point, 15-rebound effort for Memphis, which improved to 3-0 on its current four-game California road trip after dropping the first three road tests of the season. The swing wraps up on Wednesday at Golden State.

Marc Gasol tallied 23 points, nine rebounds and eight assists in the triumph. Kosta Koufos made all five of his shots for 10 points for Memphis, which played most of the game after Tony Allen was ejected for kicking LA point guard Chris Paul in the face.

"I accidentally kicked him in the head, but I'm pretty sure he knows it's accidental and that isn't my style of play," Allen said.

Paul was surprised Allen was ejected.

"I know Tony. He didn't do it on purpose," he said.

Paul became the first player since Magic Johnson to begin the season with 11 straight 10-point, 10-assist double-doubles and finished a rebound shy of a triple-double in defeat. Paul registered 18 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds.

Blake Griffin chimed in with 23 points and 11 rebounds while DeAndre Jordan grabbed 16 boards.

Memphis held a 90-88 lead midway through the fourth when Conley stepped up with a deep 3-pointer and a five-point advantage. He then hit jumpers on the front and back end of an 8-0 run that boosted the Grizzlies to a 101-91 lead with 1:51 left.

The Clippers did not lay down, as Jordan came back with two quick buckets at the rim and J.J. Redick made a pair of free throws to pull the home team within four with a half-minute remaining.

Randolph pushed the lead back to six twice, with two foul shots with 28.6 seconds and a layup on a Gasol feed with 15.8. Jamal Crawford's desperation 3 with less than two seconds remaining would not be a factor.

Earlier, the Grizzlies led by 10 late in the first period when Allen was handed a Flagrant 2 for his inadvertent kick to Paul's face. Paul came back with four quick points but Randolph ended the period with six of his own for a 29-20 lead.

Memphis held a slim margin for the duration of the second quarter and led by one at halftime, 52-51, after Jared Dudley's jumper from 19 feet beat the buzzer.

Game Notes

The loss snapped a four-game LA winning streak ... This was the 100th straight home sellout for the Clippers ... Redick and Matt Barnes scored 12 points apiece ... LA shot just 7-for-23 from behind the arc ... Memphis hit 48.1 percent of its shots, while the Clippers shot at just a 39.5 percent clip.

11/19 02:52:13 ET

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2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
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y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
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Local
16th
NOR 6
DUR 2
 
1st
MIA 7
CHA 12
 
8th
CLE 6
TOR 4
 
7th
DET 2
ANA 1
 
8th
NYM 3
ATL 3
 
8th
MIA 1
SEA 2
 
7th
PIT 1
MIL 0
 
6th
WAS 0
STL 2
 
7th
TAM 0
NYY 1
 
5th
KAN 0
MIN 3
 
4th
CHC 0
CIN 0
 
3rd
TEX 0
CWS 0
 
4:05pm Today
OAK
HOU
4:10pm Today
LOS
ARI
4:10pm Today
COL
PHI
4:10pm Today
SDP
SFG
7:05pm Tonight
BOS
BAL
Final
SAN 90
DAL 85
 
1st
MIA 7
CHA 12
 
7:00pm Tonight
CHI
WAS
9:30pm Tonight
HOU
POR
Final
NYR 2
PHI 4
1st
BOS 2
DET 0
 
7:00pm Tonight
MON
TAM
10:00pm Tonight
SJS
LOS
16th
NOR 6
DUR 2