This time, the Clippers played the kind of impressive defense against the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday night that they failed to play Wednesday night against the Atlanta Hawks.

This time, the Clippers were a determined bunch in defeating the Memphis Grizzlies, 101-81, at the FedEx Forum.

"It was a good defensive game for us, especially responding after last night's game," said Chris Paul, who had 15 points, eight assists and two steals.

The Clippers held the Grizzlies to 37.7% shooting, a season low for L.A. opponents.

And one night after watching the Hawks make 52.2% of their three-pointers, the Clippers held Memphis to 23.1% (three for 13) from three-point range.

Paul said their coaches challenged every one of them during a film session earlier in the day to play better defense.

"We looked at a lot of clips of what we did wrong," Paul said. "But they showed us also what we've been doing right over the season and let us know what we're capable of."

The Clippers were at their best on defense in the third quarter, outscoring the Grizzlies 24-11 and holding them to three-for-17 shooting. The Clippers caused so much havoc in the quarter that Memphis turned the ball over four times and missed all six of its three-point attempts.

"Your offense will always let you down. That's a fact. That's just the way it is," said Clippers Coach Doc Rivers, who now has won 600 games in his coaching career, making him the third active coach (joining San Antonio's Gregg Popovich and Minnesota's Rick Adelman) with that many wins.