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NBA game roundup: Grizzlies edge Spurs in 3 OTs

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[December 18, 2014]  The Sports Xchange

SAN ANTONIO -- Power forward Zach Randolph scored 21 points, including all six of the Grizzlies' points in the third overtime, and Memphis emerged with a 117-116 win at the AT&T Center on Wednesday.

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 night.

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 eight games.
 


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 rebounds.

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 defeat.

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 field.

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 Charlotte.

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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 franchise record.
 


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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