Grizzlies rally from 15 down to claw past Rockets
HOUSTON >> Tony Allen scored a season-high 22 points, Mike Conley added 17 and the Memphis Grizzlies rallied from a 15-point, third-quarter deficit for a 110-105 victory over the Houston Rockets on Friday.
Memphis led by two late in the fourth quarter before scoring the next five points, capped by a 3-pointer by Troy Daniels, to make it 110103 with 26 seconds left. A dunk by James Harden came next, but Houston missed two shots after that to allow the Grizzlies to hold on for their fourth straight victory.
The Grizzlies, who are sixth in the West, improved to 4-0 combined against Houston and Golden State this season.
“We’ve just got to start treating everybody like they’re those teams,” Conley said. “I think we get up for the good teams somehow and seem to lay eggs when we feel like we should win games. We’ve just got to come with a better mind-set for games that we feel like we should win. We know we can play with anybody, we’ve proven that. But for us to get to that next level we’ve got to be consistent no matter who we’re playing.”
Harden had 27 points and nine assists for the Rockets, who lost consecutive games for the first time this season.
Cavaliers 120, Kings 108
SACRAMENTO, CALIF. >> Kyrie Irving scored 26 points, Kyle Korver added 18 in his most productive game since joining Cleveland last week and the Cavaliers tuned up for a NBA Finals rematch by beating Sacramento.
LeBron James had 16 points and 15 assists, Kevin Love added 15 points and 18 rebounds and Cleveland snapped a two-game losing streak before taking on Golden State on Monday in its first game at Oracle Arena since winning the NBA title there last June.
Timberwolves 96, Thunder 86
MINNEAPOLIS >> Karl-Anthony Towns had 29 points and 17 rebounds and Ricky Rubio added 14 points and 14 assists to help Minnesota win its third straight, beating Oklahoma City, which got a triple-double from Russell Westbrook (21 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds) as well as 10 turnovers.
Celtics 103, Hawks 101
ATLANTA >> Isaiah Thomas scored 13 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter and Boston snapped Atlanta’s seven-game winning streak.
Jazz 110, Pistons 77
SALT LAKE CITY >> Rodney Hood scored a season-high 27 points and Utah rolled over Detroit.
Raptors 132, Nets 113
TORONTO >> DeMar DeRozan scored 28 points, Kyle Lowry added 20 and Toronto handed Brooklyn its ninth straight loss.
Bucks 116, Heat 108
MILWAUKEE >> Jabari Parker had 24 points to help Milwaukee beat Miami.
76ers 102, Hornets 93
PHILADELPHIA >> Joel Embiid scored 24 points, blocked three shots and led Philadelphia to its first threegame winning streak since it won four straight from Dec. 29, 2013 to Jan. 4, 2014.
Magic 115, Blazers 109
PORTLAND, ORE. >> Nikola Vucevic scored a season-high 30 points as Orlando beat Portland.
Memphis forward James Ennis drove by Houston’s Corey Brewer in the first half on Friday.