A 3-point barrage in the second half allowed the Spurs to erase a
big early deficit and put themselves in a position to win. However,
couldn't close out the Grizzlies due to poor foul shooting. Instead,
Memphis recorded its second big victory in as many nights after
ending the Golden State Warriors' 16-game winning streak Tuesday.
Both teams hit clutch baskets to keep the game going deep into the
Memphis center Marc Gasol (game-high 26-points) drilled a
desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer of regulation, and he scored a
put-back with 9.4 seconds left in overtime to keep the game alive.
Spurs power forward Tim Duncan (23 points, 16 rebounds) matched
Gasol's heroics with a long 2-pointer that banked off the backboard
and bounced on the rim several times before falling through to knot
the game again to end the second extra session.
Rockets 115, Nuggets 111 (OT)
DENVER -- Guard James Harden scored eight of his game-high 41 points
in overtime, and Houston beat Denver.
Harden added a season-high 10 assists, and center Dwight Howard had
24 points and 16 rebounds to lead Houston to its seventh win in
Forward Wilson Chandler led Denver with 23 points, and guard Arron
Afflalo, whose 3-pointer sent the game into overtime, had 22. Guard
Ty Lawson had 12 points and 16 assists for the slumping Nuggets, who
lost for the seventh time in eight games.
Clippers 102, Pacers 100
LOS ANGELES -- Forward Blake Griffin scored 31 points and grabbed 16
rebounds, and Los Angeles held off Indiana.
Point guard Chris Paul had 20 points, nine assists, five steals and
six rebounds for the Clippers, who have won six in a row at home.
Los Angeles guard J.J. Redick contributed 16 points, and center
DeAndre Jordan finished with 15 points and a season-high 23
Forward David West and reserve guard C.J. Miles had 17 points apiece
to lead the Pacers, who snapped an eight-game skid Monday against
the Lakers but fell to 3-10 against Western Conference teams in the
Hawks 127, Cavaliers 98
CLEVELAND -- Shelvin Mack set career highs in both points and
3-pointers, and Atlanta routed Cleveland. Mack shot 6-for-6 on
3-pointers and scored 24 points after entering the night with just
nine 3-pointers and shooting 20 percent from behind the line.
Al Horford scored 20 points and Paul Millsap had 14 points and eight
rebounds for the Hawks, who shot a season-best 65 percent from the
Forward LeBron James scored 21 points and forward Kevin Love had 13
points, 10 rebounds and six assists for the Cavs, who lost for the
first time in their past nine games against the East and the first
time at home in nearly a month.
Jazz 105, Heat 87
MIAMI -- Utah posted a rare road win, overcoming 42 points by
Miami's Dwyane Wade.
Utah won for the second time in 14 games and is now 3-10 on the
road. Before Wednesday, the Jazz last won at Miami on Nov. 9, 2010.
Gordon Hayward had 29 points and a game-high seven assists and Enes
Kanter added 18 points to lead Utah.
Suns 111, Hornets 106
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Isaiah Thomas came off the bench to score 23
points and Phoenix rallied from a 17-point deficit against
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The Suns outscored the Hornets 10-2 in the final 2:30, with Thomas
hitting a jumper with 1:12 left and two key free throws with 19.9
seconds remaining. The run capped a comeback from a 50-33 deficit
midway through the second quarter.
Phoenix snapped a six-game losing streak. The Suns had not won since
beating the Mavericks in Dallas on Dec. 5.
Celtics 109, Magic 92
BOSTON -- Boston continued its home-court dominance of Orlando as
Rajon Rondo had 15 assists to help send the Magic to their eighth
straight loss at TD Garden, where they haven't won since 2010.
Rondo made a run at his fourth triple-double of the year, producing
13 points and seven rebounds. Brandon Bass, coming off the bench,
had 10 of his team-high 18 points in the final run. Jeff Green and
Jared Sullinger both finished with 16 points and Kelly Olynyk
contributed 15 points and six boards off the bench.
Center Nikola Vucevic led the Magic with 18 points and 13 rebounds,
but he had 12 points and eight boards in the first quarter. Forward
Tobias Harris scored 17 points.
Mavericks 117, Pistons 106
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Chandler Parsons poured in a season-high 32
points and Monta Ellis supplied 25 to lead Dallas over Detroit.
Parsons, who has been battling back soreness, finished two points
shy of his career high and also grabbed seven rebounds. Ellis had
eight assists from his shooting guard spot for Dallas (19-8), which
has an 8-0 road record against Eastern Conference opponents.
Andre Drummond racked up 19 points and a season-high 24 rebounds for
the Pistons, who lost their 11th straight at home, a season
Raptors 105, Nets 89
TORONTO -- Kyle Lowry had 20 points and 12 assists and Toronto
pulled away from Brooklyn.
The Raptors outscored the Nets 29-16 in the fourth quarter to
improve their record to 20-6. They reached 20 wins before the
Christmas break for the first time in franchise history.
Mason Plumlee led with Nets with 23 points and eight rebounds.
Trail Blazers 104, Bucks 97
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Guard Damian Lillard and forward LaMarcus Aldridge
combined for 52 points to lift Portland to a victory over Milwaukee.
Lillard scored 29 points and Aldridge collected 23 points along with
15 rebounds for the Trail Blazers, who won their third straight
game. Portland forward Thomas Robinson came off the bench to match
his career high in points (15) and grab a season-high 16 boards.
Guard Brandon Knight topped the Bucks with 24 points, while forward
Khris Middleton added 17 points.
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