Grizzlies defeat winless Clippers with James Harden performance
Desmond Bane leads Memphis Grizzlies to 105-101 victory over LA Clippers. Bane scored 27 points, Clippers fall to 0-4 with Harden.
Desmond Bane was on fire, scoring 27 points to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a hard-fought 105-101 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers. The Grizzlies held a comfortable 11-point lead going into the fourth quarter, but the Clippers staged a dramatic comeback, tying the game at 84-84 with a three-pointer from Paul George.
The teams went back and forth, but ultimately, the Grizzlies managed to pull ahead, securing the win with three free throws and a layup from David Roddy. Bane's 27-point performance, along with 6 assists, was instrumental in the Grizzlies' second win of the season. Bismack Biyombo also had a strong showing with a double-double, contributing 13 points and 12 rebounds.
Despite a team-high 26 points from Paul George, the Clippers were unable to overcome the Grizzlies' tenacity. The addition of James Harden, who scored 11 points on 4-of-12 shooting, was not enough to tip the scales in the Clippers' favor. Norman Powell provided a spark off the bench with 20 points, but it wasn't sufficient to secure a victory for Los Angeles.
Memphis shot 42% from the field, with Marcus Smart adding 17 points and 7 assists to the team's effort. The Grizzlies' strong start was led by Jacob Gilyard and Smart, who each hit a pair of three-pointers in a game-opening 19-7 run.
The game was a tale of two halves, with the Grizzlies dominating the first and the Clippers staging a comeback in the second. However, Memphis managed to maintain their lead and secure the win with a gritty performance down the stretch.
In the end, Desmond Bane's stellar performance and the Grizzlies' resilience proved to be the difference-maker in a thrilling matchup against the Clippers.