Backups help lead Clippers past Grizzlies

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Reserves Darren Collison and Jamal Crawford scored 15 points each and the Los Angeles Clippers used a strong second half to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 101-81 on Thursday night.

Clippers center DeAndre Jordan dunks over Grizzlies forward Tayshaun Prince (right). Jordan had 10 points and 14 rebounds during the 101-81 road win over Memphis.   LANCE MURPHEY/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Clippers center DeAndre Jordan dunks over Grizzlies forward Tayshaun Prince (right). Jordan had 10 points and 14 rebounds during the 101-81 road win over Memphis.

Chris Paul also had 15 points and eight assists for the Clippers, who snapped a two-game losing streak. Blake Griffin added 14 points and nine rebounds, while DeAndre Jordan had 10 points and 14 boards for Los Angeles.

Kosta Koufos led Memphis with 17 points, while Mike Conley had 16 on 6-for-8 shooting. Quincy Pondexter scored 15, and Zach Randolph <0x2014> back after missing two games following ingrown toenail surgery <0x2014> had 12 points and 12 rebounds.

The Clippers shot 13 for 20 in the fourth quarter as Paul and Griffin sat on the bench, leaving the game to the reserves.

KNICKS: Are no longer the biggest losers in New York. The Brooklyn Nets look like the real Big Apple busts.

Carmelo Anthony had 19 points and 10 rebounds, former Georgia Tech standout Iman Shumpert scored a season-high 17 points, and the Knicks ended a nine-game losing streak with 113-83 romp Thursday night in the first meeting of the season between the city rivals.

The Knicks (4-13) snapped a tie with the Nets (5-14) for most losses in New York.

BULLS: Derrick Rose isn’t quite ruling out a return this season.

The superstar point guard left the door slightly open for a comeback in the playoffs if his surgically repaired right knee is healed – even though the team has said he will miss the rest of the year.

Rose suffered a medial meniscus tear in his right knee in a game at Portland on Nov. 22. He had surgery in Chicago three days later, cutting short his long awaited return after he sat out last season recuperating from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

“If I’m healthy and the situation is right, I will be back playing,” Rose said Thursday when asked if he might return for the playoffs. “If I’m healthy and my meniscus is fully healed, of course I’ll be out there playing. But if it’s something totally different and the outcome is not how I would want it to be, there’s no need.”

HEAT: Dwyane Wade missed Thursday’s game against the Chicago Bulls because of an illness.

• LeBron James confirmed reports before the game that he will co-star with Kevin Hart in the comedy Ballers. Hart plays the brother of an NBA star who gets a chance to prove himself at a fantasy basketball camp in Miami.


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