Griz­zlies rally from 15 down to claw past Rock­ets

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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.

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