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    MEMPHIS, Tenn. . - Marc Gasols dominance is making one of the NBAs best frontcourts even better.Gasol had 30 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 107-91 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday night. It marked the second straight game Gasol has recorded at least 30 points.The victory left Memphis with the leagues best record (12-2) behind a more aggressive Gasol, who is complementing his jumper with moves to the basket this season.There was no doubt in my mind that Marc would be aggressive, point guard Mike Conley said, adding: Once you see the 12-2 start, were going to tell him to go get 30 every night.Gasol opened the game with a pair of jumpers, then began taking the ball to the basket. The result was 12 first-quarter points as Memphis erased the Clippers only lead of the game and built the advantage to 25 by the fourth.When you make jumpers, it forces the defence to come out, Gasol said. .It creates shots for other people, and Im happy with that.Six Grizzlies reached double figures. Courtney Lee added 13 points for Memphis. Tony Allen had 12 points, while Beno Udrih and Quincy Pondexter had 11 points apiece off the Memphis bench. Zach Randolph had 10 points.The Clippers, who won their first two on a seven-game road swing, didnt execute early, and didnt have an answer for Gasol.We really have to come out executing and aggressive and hit first, said Chris Paul, who led the Clippers with 22 points, five assists and four steals. We really have to do a better job of doing it consistently.Jamal Crawford scored 19, and J.J. Redick finished with 15, going 3 of 6 from outside the arc.Blake Griffin scored 12 points, but was 5 of 17 from the field.Los Angeles, which was averaging 103.5 points, had its nine-game streak of scoring at least 100 points on the road end.Once they got the lead, it was hard to get back into the tempo of the game, Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. I thought the second half we lost our way a little bit.Paul tried to guide the Clippers back into the game after halftime, scoring 13 points in the third, and Los Angeles got within eight points. But Memphis rebuilt the lead to 25 points in the fourth as Rivers relied on his reserves to try and erase the deficit. The Los Angeles bench made a run to get within 15, but Memphis never let them get any closer.Rivers recognized that a different Gasol has made the Grizzlies more dangerous.I dont know if he has been on a good diet, but he looks great and is playing great, Rivers said. The Grizzlies seem to have that edge. They arent messing around.___TIP-INS:Clippers: Los Angeles seven-game road trip will cover 7,231 miles before the Clippers return home on Dec. 1 to face Minnesota. .The Clippers 25-point deficit in the second half was not their largest of the season. They trailed by 29 Nov. 5 against Golden State.Grizzlies: Reserve G Nick Calathes played for the first time this season after completing a 20-game suspension handed down at the start of the first round post-season series against Oklahoma City last spring for violating the leagues banned substance policy. .The victory gave the Grizzlies a 37-36 advantage in the overall series.VIRUS VANQUISHED: Memphis had its full complement of players for the first time in the last three games. Five players caught a stomach virus before last Wednesdays game in Toronto, and two more caught the bug before Fridays game against Boston.HE SAID IT: The first two games (of the road trip), I think our defence was a little bit better. (Sunday) we didnt move the ball as well. We really didnt push the pace. — Jamal Crawford, on the Clippers struggles.UP NEXTClippers: Visit Charlotte on Monday.Grizzlies: Visit Lakers on Wednesday. . The league announced Thursday that Tom Higgins is leaving that post effective immediately. .Y. -- The Buffalo Bills will head into the regular season short on experience at quarterback after trimming the roster on Friday. ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Chris Archer is young, confident and also unbeaten against the Yankees. Just dont suggest the Tampa Bay rookie pitcher might have New Yorks number. "Dont want to go there," manager Joe Maddon said Friday night after the Rays topped their AL East rivals 7-2, with Archer winning three times with a 1.23 ERA in three starts against the Yankees. "Were not going to canonize the guy. Well just let him keep pitching," Maddon added. "Hes doing a great job. Hes a young man and hes very focused; I want to keep him on this path. He looks good." Jose Lobaton homered and drove in four runs in support of Archer (7-5), a 24-year-old right-hander who won twice earlier this season at Yankee Stadium, including a two-hit shutout on July 27. He gave up four hits over seven innings this time. Evan Longoria, Matt Joyce and Ben Zobrist also went deep for Tampa Bay, hitting solo shots off Hiroki Kuroda (11-9), who tied a career high for homers allowed -- the first given up by the Yankees starter in nearly two months. The loss stopped a five-game winning streak for New York, which had won 10 of 12 to climb back into the AL playoff race. "Its one game," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "Weve just come off playing extremely well. You have to turn the page and go win tomorrow." Archer, who also won in New York on June 23, yielded a run-scoring single to Alfonso Soriano in the first inning and Brett Gardners triple and Robinson Canos RBI grounder in the sixth. In three starts against the Yankees, hes allowed three runs, 12 hits and struck out 14 in 22 innings. "The defence was incredible. We made play after play, so I was just getting more comfortable out there. ... I really didnt feel like I could fail," Archer said. Alex Rodriguez, playing while appealing his 211-game suspension, was booed every time he came to the plate and went 0 for 4 with a strikeout for the Yankees. Eduardo Nunez had two of New Yorks four hits off Archer, including an infield single. Archer walked two, hit a batter and struck out four to win ffor the first time since beating the Yankees 1-0 last month. Over his next four starts, he went 0-2 with a 4.79 ERA. Before the game, the Rays honoured Mariano Rivera, whos making his last regular-season visit to Tropicana Field, by unveiling a sand sculpture of the Yankees closer near the main entrance of the domed stadium. The team also presented him with check for $3,150 for the Mariano Rivera Foundation -- $50 for each save hes earned against Tampa Bay during his career. Meanwhile, newly acquired outfielder David DeJesus made his debut for the Rays, going 1 for 3, scoring a run and making a nice running catch up against the wall in left field. Tampa Bay obtained him from Washington earlier in the day for a player to be named or cash. "Thats why we picked him up," Archer said. "Hes a great defensive player and a clutch hitter." Lobatons three-run, second-inning homer off the right field foul pole was the first off Kuroda since June 30, when the 38-year-old right-hander gave up three in a loss at Baltimore. Longoria and Joyce homered in the third for a 5-1 lead. Lobaton added a RBI single in the fourth and Zobrist homered in the fifth to make it 7-1. "When you get in a hole like that, its tough to get back out of it, especially when somebody is throwing the ball as well as Archer," Gardner said. "It just wasnt our day." Kuroda allowed a season-high seven runs over six innings. He also matched a season high by yielding nine hits. "It was really strange," Girardi said. "He just didnt have his stuff tonight." NOTES: Girardi said SS Derek Jeter (strained right calf) will continue his rehab assignment with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre through at least Saturday. ... With rookie RF Wil Myers getting a night off, Matt Joyce moved to right field and DeJesus was inserted into Tampa Bays lineup in left field. To make room on the roster for the 33-year-old DeJesus, the Rays designated OF Jason Bourgeois for assignment. ... New York 1B Lyle Overbay was out of the lineup due to flulike symptoms. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys ChinaNFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '