Grizzlies force Game 7 against Clippers

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LOS ANGELES — Marc Gasol scored 23 points, Zach Randolph had 18 points and 16 rebounds, and the Memphis Grizzles rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 90-88 Friday night, forcing a decisive seventh game in the series.

Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph grabs the headband of the Clippers' Reggie Evans as Evans goes up for a shot in the first half of Game 6.   MARK J. TERRILL/ASSOCIATED PRESS
MARK J. TERRILL/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph grabs the headband of the Clippers' Reggie Evans as Evans goes up for a shot in the first half of Game 6.

Rudy Gay and Mike Conley added 13 points each to help the Grizzlies win for the first time in the Western Conference series at Staples Center.

Blake Griffin scored 17 points despite a sprained left knee, and Eric Bledoe added 14 off the bench to lead the Clippers.

Game 7 will be Sunday in Memphis.

MVP: Heat forward LeBron James is the NBA’s MVP for a third time, putting him alongside some of the game’s all-time greats.

A person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press that James will be announced today as this year’s winner of the league’s top individual honor, and that he’ll be formally presented with the trophy by Commissioner David Stern on Sunday afternoon before Miami plays host to Indiana in Game 1 of an Eastern Conference semifinal series.

James is winning the award for the third time in four seasons.

NUGGETS: An investigation by the Douglas County sheriff’s Crimes Against Children unit involving Denver Nuggets reserve center Chris “Birdman” Andersen could take weeks.


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