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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- When Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph click together, the Memphis Grizzlies are very, very tough to beat. Gasol and Randolph had 24 points apiece and led a strong rebounding effort by the Grizzlies in a 104-83 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday that evened their first-round playoff series at 2-all. "Their synergy is pretty amazing you know what I mean," Clippers guard Chris Paul said. "Z Bo on the inside and big fella Marc, thats another guard the way he passes the ball and shoots the ball. You just got to run them. You got to run them. You got to try to get them tired. You cant just leave them in a rocking chair." Gasol also contributed 13 rebounds and Randolph had nine boards as Memphis won its second straight to ensure another stop in Tennessee for Game 6. Mike Conley had 15 points and 13 assists, and Tayshaun Prince scored 15 in his best game of the series. "Now we got to go out there and try to get a win," Memphis coach Lionel Hollins said. Paul and Blake Griffin had 19 points apiece for the Clippers, and Griffin also grabbed 10 rebounds for his first double-double this post-season. Los Angeles reserves outscored its counterparts again, 43-16. But DeAndre Jordan was the only other starter besides Paul and Griffin to score for the Clippers, and he had two points. Chauncey Billups and Caron Butler went a combined 0 for 10 from the floor in being shut out. Game 5 is Tuesday night in Los Angeles. "We got to go back, and we got to take care of business in Game 5 at home in front of our fans," Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said. "But theres no question were going to have to get back to playing the way we did the first couple games." The team that controls the boards has won each game of the series so far, with Memphis owning a 45-28 advantage in Game 4. That led to a 22-2 difference in second-chance points, boosted by a 13-5 edge on offensive boards. The Grizzlies used their prowess on the glass to beat the speedy Clippers when it came to fast-break points, 18-6. Memphis biggest advantage is its big men, and Randolph and Gasol each took turns helping the Grizzlies turn this into a best-of-three series. Gasol had six points at halftime, and Tony Allen said Hollins chewed out the 7-foot-1 Spaniard at the break, reminding him to score. "The second half he was just phenomenal," Allen said. Gasol said Hollins didnt tell him to try to score more because the centre noted he had been trying to do just that in the first half. "We had Zach going in the first half, so we played through Zach," Gasol said. "It doesnt matter who scores. At the end of the day, what matters is we win." Randolph had 16 points and seven rebounds in the first half as Memphis got off to a quick start, leading 33-25 after the first quarter. Gasol scored 18 in the second half, using an effective jumper to avoid the paint after picking up his third foul with 7:54 left in the third. Randolph got his third 7 seconds later. It didnt matter. The Clippers never led by more than two, the last at 60-58 on a pair of free throws by Paul with 5:58 left in the third. Gasol then hit a 23-footer that beat the shot clock and made a pair of free throws to put Memphis ahead. Ronny Turiafs layup tied it for the sixth and final time. Gasol found Randolph for a layup that put the Grizzlies ahead to stay at 64-62 on the 10th and final lead change with 3:21 left in the third. Memphis opened the fourth with a 19-5 surge and went up as much as 20, the first on a drive by Quincy Pondexter with 3:45 left at 96-76. The Grizzlies outscored the Clippers 33-16 in the quarter and 55-36 for the half. Del Negro then subbed in from his bench with 3:02 remaining and had all his starters on the sideline for the final 2 minutes. "They kind of blew us away in the fourth quarter," Billups said. The Grizzlies set the tone from the start and led by as much as 12 in the first quarter. They went cold in the second when Paul scored nine of his 14 first-half points to help the Clippers to a 47-46 lead at halftime. The Clippers wanted to be aggressive in whats been a physical series with lots of wrestling, especially between Randolph and Griffin. All the pounding appeared to take a toll in the second quarter as the Clippers had a chance to take their first lead only to have Griffin travel on back-to-back possessions. They couldnt even connect on a dunk as Prince tipped away a lob to Griffin. Gasol was the key in the third. He even connected on a 23-foot jumper off an inbounds pass from Prince late in the shot clock. That tied it at 60 with 4:35 left and cranked new energy into the arena. NOTES: The Grizzlies went 15-3 in the regular season when Gasol posted a double-double. ... Memphis improved to 17-1 when shooting at least 50 per cent. ... The Grizzlies sold out their 12th straight post-season game. ... The Grizzlies played without veteran guard Keyon Dooling, who sat out with a strained muscle. ... Prince had only 10 points in the first three games combined. ... The Clippers shot 13 of 39 in the second half, compared to 20 for 35 for Memphis. Drew Brees black Jersey .cas 2013 MLB Season Preview, we will be rolling out stories this week on five pressing questions facing the Toronto Blue Jays this season. Drew Brees elite Jersey .s Karine Sergerie has won her first match on Day 14 as she looks to win a second medal in womens taekwondo at the London 2012 Olympic Games. . -- After a trio of blowout losses, the Memphis Grizzlies got back in rhythm for their own double-digit victory. Drew Brees Womens Jersey . The new ownership group includes OMalleys sons, Kevin and Brian OMalley, and nephews Peter and Tom Seidler, as well as San Diego businessman Ron Fowler, who has been designated as the teams control person. Drew Brees pink Jersey . Pavel Datsyuk is confident Detroit can do it, figuring out a way to beat the San Jose Sharks four straight times after losing three in a row by a goal each time.KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Mired in a marathon game midway through the opening set, Maria Sharapova wore down her opponent with characteristic resolve and relentlessness, winning the last point without hitting a shot. That put Sharapova ahead to stay, and she beat fellow Russian Elena Vesnina on a muggy afternoon at the Sony Open, 6-4, 6-2. The No. 3-seeded Sharapova moved into the fourth round, eager to fill one of the few holes in her resume. While she completed a career Grand Slam last year, she has never won Key Biscayne, losing the final in 2005, 06, 11 and 12. "Its in the back of my mind," she said. "Its one of the biggest tournaments for us, and its one that I have been the most consistent at, being in four finals, but yet not winning it. I would definitely love to go a step further here." Her pivotal moment Sunday came at 3-all in the first set. The next game went to deuce seven times, with Sharapova repeatedly erasing a deficit, until Vesnina dumped a weary second serve into the net on break point. All told, Sharapova benefited from eight double-faults by the No. 29-seeded Vesnina, and erased eight of the nine break points she faced. Lauren Davis of the United States lost 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 to No. 32-seeded Alize Cornet at the peak of the heat, and their 2 1/2-hour match left both players so exhausted they were taken off the court in wheelchairs. Davis also required treatment in the third set after being stung by a wasp. Both players later said they were fine. No. 1 Novak Djokovic defeated No. 254-ranked Somdev Devvarman 6-2, 6-4, then rushed across a causeway to the mainland to watch the second half of the Miami Heats 26th consecutive victory in the NBA. Djokovic, seeking his fourth Key Biscayne title and third in a row, next faces No. 155-seeded Tommy Haas, who beat No.dddddddddddd. 19 Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-3, 6-2. Haas turns 35 next month and is playing at Key Biscayne for the 12th time. Wildcard entry James Blake, also playing at Key Biscayne for the 12th time, lost the days final match to Albert Ramos 6-4, 2-6, 7-5. Among the seeded women to lose were No. 6 Angelique Kerber, No. 11 Nadia Petrova and No. 14 Maria Kirilenko. Kerber was beaten by No. 28 Sorana Cirstea 6-4, 6-0. Petrova was ousted by No. 22 Jelena Jankovic 7-6 (7), 6-4. Kirilenko lost to No. 21 Klara Zakopalova 6-2, 7-6 (4). The sweltering sunshine was motivation to work quickly, but Sharapova needed nearly two hours to eliminate Vesnina. Both players struggled with their serve as they battled the island breeze, and both rued missed chances. Sharapova converted only four of 18 break points. When Vesnina finally sailed a shot long to lose the opening set, Sharapova screamed and shook her fist at the ball. The gesture seemed to work, and she claimed the second set more easily. "It was a matter of patience," Sharapova said. "In situations like this where its tough and its hot, it kind of levels out the game a little bit, and with the windy conditions you have to be a bit more patient. That was really important today." Vesnina fell to 1-18 against top-five players. Sharapova seeks to become only the third woman to win Indian Wells and Key Biscayne back to back. She beat Caroline Wozniacki in the Indian Wells final a week ago and has a win-loss record of 16-2 this year. She has lost Key Biscayne finals to Kim Clijsters, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Victoria Azarenka and Agnieszka Radwanska. But shes not yet a champion here. Top-ranked Serena Williams looms as a potential opponent in Saturdays final. ' ' '
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