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Seven months. It was seven months ago today that the Clippers had won their last road game, prior to last night’s 89-82 breakthrough against Memphis. In that time, Kid Rock and Pam Anderson got married three times and divorced, Carrie Underwood was still the reigning American Idol, and Mel Gibson and Michael Richards were still best known for their body of work instead of their big mouths.

It’s been a long time.

Now, a win over the worst team in the league really shouldn’t be cause for celebration, especially considering the Clippers are the last team in the L to get a road win. But the Clippers have been so mediocre and inconsistent, no wins can be taken for granted. After getting housed on Friday against San Antonio, it was good to see the Clips bounce back with a stronger performance. Elton Brand, who has been a bigger focal point of the offense lately, led the way with 26 points and played shut down defense on the Grizzlies’ Hakim Warrick. Sam Cassell gave his strongest off-the-bench performance of the season with 18 points.

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Hopefully it won’t be another ten games until the Clips learn how to win away from Staples again. The good news is they get four of the next five at home where they’ve been the bully for most of the year, instead of the bullied.

AP photo by Jim Weber