Grizzlies beat Thun­der, now tied for 2nd in West

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Mem­phis moved into a tie for the sec­ond seed in the NBA’s South­west Di­vi­sion with a 100-92 win over Ok­la­homa City on Fri­day, with the Grizzlies de­fense shut­ting down Thun­der star Rus­sell West­brook.

The Grizzlies moved level with Hous­ton atop the South­west Di­vi­sion, both trail­ing Golden State, which has al­ready sealed the con­fer­ence ti­tle.

San An­to­nio stayed within two games of that fight over the No.2 play­off seed by rout­ing Den­ver, while the key post­sea­son-shap­ing games in the East saw Brook­lyn ex­tend its win­ning streak with a nar­row victory over Toronto, Chicago win a tight strug­gle against Detroit and Mil­wau­kee over­power Bos­ton in the sec­ond half.

Mem­phis’ Jeff Green scored 22 points and Marc Ga­sol added 19 to lead six Grizzlies play­ers in dou­ble fig­ures.

Enes Kanter led the Thun­der with 24 points and 17 re­bounds. West­brook scored 18, but only six af­ter the first quar­ter while con­nect­ing on only five of his 20 shots.

San An­to­nio’s Danny Green scored 21 points, in­clud­ing 6-for-6 shoot­ing on 3-point­ers, as the Spurs cruised past Den­ver 123-93 af­ter los­ing Ti­ago Split­ter to a calf in­jury dur­ing a strong start.

Kawhi Leonard had 20 points for San An­to­nio, which has won six straight and ex­tended its league record of con­sec­u­tive 50-win sea­sons to 16 straight.

Danilo Gal­li­nari scored 20 points to lead Den­ver, which trailed by as many as 37 points de­spite shoot­ing 47 per­cent from the field.

Brook­lyn’s Deron

Wil­liams scored a sea­son-high 31 points to lead the Nets to a 114-109 win against Toronto; their sixth­straight victory.

Thad­deus Young made the tiebreak­ing bas­ket with 22 sec­onds left and tied his sea­son high with 29 points while Brook Lopez added 30 points and 17 re­bounds for the Nets, who have surged into sev­enth place in the East.

De­Mar DeRozan fin­ished with 27 points, eight re­bounds and eight as­sists for the Rap­tors, who dropped be­hind Chicago in the con­test for third place in the East.

Chicago’s Pau Ga­sol had 26 points and 10 re­bounds for his 50th dou­ble-dou­ble of the sea­son, help­ing the Bulls beat Detroit 88-82.

Jimmy But­ler scored 18 points for Chicago while Reg­gie Jack­son had 22 points and nine as­sists for Detroit.

Mil­wau­kee’s Er­san Ilyasova led a third-quar­ter surge from a half­time deficit with 11 points as the Bucks beat Bos­ton 110-101 to put a dent in the Celtics’ play­off hopes.

Bos­ton dropped half a game be­hind idle Miami in the fight for the fi­nal play­off spot in the East with six games left.

O.J. Mayo led Mil­wau­kee with 24 points. Bos­ton was led by Isa­iah Thomas with 23.

Port­land cel­e­brated its North­west Di­vi­sion ti­tle with a 107-77 win over the Los An­ge­les Lak­ers, with C.J. McCol­lum scored a ca­reer-high 27 points to in­flict a record-equal­ing 55th loss on the Lak­ers.

New Or­leans gained ground in the play­off race by out­last­ing an un­der­manned Sacra­mento 101-95, led by 21 points from Eric Gor­don.

In­di­ana’s Rod­ney Stuckey scored 15 points off the bench to pro­pel the Pac­ers to a 93-74 victory against Char­lotte.

Wash­ing­ton beat lowly New York 101-87, with Marcin Gor­tat scor­ing 19 points and Bradley Beal 18.

Or­lando’s Nikola Vuce­vic scored a ca­reer- high 37 points and grabbed 17 re­bounds to power the Magic over Min­nesota 97-84.

AP

Chicago Bulls for­ward Pau Ga­sol #16 dunks against Detroit Pis­tons guard Ken­tavi­ous Cald­well-Pope, left, and cen­ter An­dre Drum­mond dur­ing the sec­ond half of an NBA bas­ket­ball game in Chicago on Fri­day, April 3.

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