NBA ROUNDUP Saturday's game
Clippers 112, Grizzlies 91
LOS ANGELES -- Elton Brand scored a season-high 34 points, and Sam Cassell added 21 points and a season-high 14 assists to help Los Angeles rout Memphis. Brand scored 24 points in the first half and finished 13-for-23 from the field. Cassell played 36 minutes while Shaun Livingston sat out his second straight game because of sprained right ankle. Chris Kaman had 12 points and nine rebounds. Pau Gasol scored 27 points for Memphis, 4-7 since player personnel director Tony Barone Sr. became head coach in the wake of Mike Fratello's firing on Dec. 28. The Grizzlies completed the first half of their schedule an NBA-worst 10-31 and are 2-18 on the road. Last season, they were 25-16 at this stage en route to a 49-33 finish -- and a first-round loss to Dallas in the playoffs. Brand, who scored a career-high 44 points against Memphis on April 13, 2006, at Staples Center, propelled Los Angeles to a 63-40 halftime lead. The Clippers, who came in forcing the fewest turnovers per game by their opponents (13.6), scored 18 points in the half off 15 Memphis giveaways. The Grizzlies finished with 21. Chucky Atkins hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer that gave Memphis a 28-24 lead after one quarter. But that was the Grizzlies' only highlight. The Clippers tied a season high with 39 points in the second quarter, outscoring Memphis 20-3 over the final 6:14. Brand's layup gave Los Angeles a 20-point cushion with 9:09 to play. The Grizzlies cut it to 99-87 with a 12-4 run capped by Lawrence Roberts' layup and Rudy Gay's fast-break dunk with 5:12 remaining. But Brand thwarted the comeback with a running jumper and a dunk 50 seconds apart, restoring the Clippers' 20-point lead with 1:58 left.
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