“It was a strange game. At halftime, both teams were shooting 60 percent (actually, the Clippers shot 62 percent and the Grizzlies shot 61 percent) and one of the things we said was that the first team to play any defense in the second half was going to win the game, and I thought our guys did that.“I thought the bench changed the game when they came in with their energy.”The Clippers’ defensive play sparked their offense, which led to the decisive run.Rivers hadn’t played Reed or Thornwell much recently, but they rewarded his faith in them Tuesday. Reed played only 11:50, but made 2 of 3 shots and grabbed a rebound. Thornwell had two rebounds and one assist in 12:27. Rivers praised both for their energetic play, especially Thornwell.“It’s one of those nights, from a coaching standpoint, you’re just searching for energy,” Rivers said. “(Sitting on) the bench makes you hungry, there’s no doubt about that. I knew if I brought (Thornwell) in, I didn’t know if he was going to play well or not, but I knew he was going to play hard. “The fact that he played hard and well was a bonus for us. He’s a tough kid, that’s the one thing we identified with him early (in training camp), and in a physical, tough game, where there’s lots of grabbing and pushing, I thought the game was made for Sindarius.”THE ‘OTHER’ WILLIAMSC.J. Williams is likely to start Thursday in place of injured shooting guard Austin Rivers when the Clippers play host to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Austin Rivers could be sidelined for the third consecutive game because of a sore right Achilles tendon.C.J. Williams, a 27-year-old rookie, scored a career-high 18 points Tuesday, displaying his customary calm, cool and collected demeanor. If he’s nervous or worried about his temporary NBA status as a player on a two-way contract, he never seems to show it.“When I think about it, it’s just basketball,” he said. “There’s so many other things that can engulf your mind outside of basketball, but I’m playing the sport that I’ve played for over 20 years now. I’ve been playing since I was 4. I just enjoy every moment of it.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Lou Williams worked his magic in the Clippers’ victory Tuesday over the Memphis Grizzlies, their fourth consecutive win, their sixth in seven games and their ninth in 13. He scored 33 points, making 15 of 15 free throws, and added six assists in 35:37.This was by no means a one-man show, though. Williams had plenty of help from his fellow reserves in turning the game in the Clippers’ favor during an electric 15-0 run that transformed an 84-77 deficit in the third quarter into a 92-84 lead in the fourth.By game’s end, Sam Dekker scored six points, Jawun Evans and Willie Reed added four each and Montrezl Harrell and Sindarius Thornwell were scoreless, modest totals, to be sure. The Clippers’ victory was about getting buckets when it mattered most, but it was also about preventing them.“It was huge,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said when asked about the second team’s sustained defensive excellence during the pivotal stretch of play that began late in the third quarter and continued into the early moments of the fourth.