Saturday, January 4, 2003

GIRICEK LEADS GRIZ OVER CLIPPERS

GIRICEK LEADS GRIZ OVER CLIPPERS

Posted By on Sat, Jan 4, 2003 at 4:00 AM

The Memphis Grizzlies had their best half ever, then almost let Corey Maggette and the Los Angeles Clippers steal the game before recovering for a 116-111 win at The Pyramid. Maggette scored 22 of his career-high 34 points in the second half but could not lead the Clippers to victory after they trailed by as many as 32 in the first half. Rookie Gordan Giricek scored three of his season-high 31 points in the final minute to help seal the win. The Grizzlies had a 71-46 lead at halftime, the largest intermission margin in team history, but the Clippers outscored them 40-19 in the third quarter. Maggette hit a 3-pointer to beat the buzzer at the end of the period, bringing Los Angeles within 90-86. Maggette sank two more 3-pointers early in the fourth quarter to give the Clippers their first lead at 95-94. They led by as many as five points, but the Grizzlies rediscovered their form with a 9-0 run to retake the lead at 108-104 with just under three minutes left. The Clippers played without center Michael Olowokandi, who sat out with a sore knee, then lost guard Quentin Richardson to an ankle injury early in the first quarter. Los Angeles suffered its fifth straight loss. Memphis has won 10 of its last 19 games after starting the season with 13 straight defeats.

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