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Clippers hold off Grizzlies for bounce-back win

By Greg Beacham

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, Jan. 26 2012 11:45 p.m. MST

Memphis Grizzlies guard Josh Selby, left, fouls Los Angeles Clippers guard Randy Foye during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012.

Chris Carlson, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — Blake Griffin scored 20 points, Chris Paul added 18 points and seven assists in his second game back from injury, and the first-place Los Angeles Clippers hung on in the fourth quarter for a 98-91 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday night.

Mo Williams scored nine of his 18 points in the fourth quarter, and Griffin added nine rebounds and eight assists as the Clippers maintained a narrow lead throughout the final period. Caron Butler scored 17 points, and Paul also had seven rebounds while playing back-to-back games after missing the previous five with a strained left hamstring.

Rudy Gay scored 24 points for the Grizzlies, who have lost two straight following a seven-game winning streak. Marc Gasol added 18 points and 11 rebounds on Memphis' third stop on a four-game West Coast trip.

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