Wiz­ards fall to Ga­sol, Griz­zlies in over­time

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Ga­sol scored 20 points, in­clud­ing a 3-pointer to send the game into over­time, then helped the Mem­phis Griz­zlies beat the Wash­ing­ton Wiz­ards 112-103 Sun­day night.

Ga­sol’s 3 from 27 feet with 15.7 sec­onds left in reg­u­la­tion tied the score at 100-all. John Wall’s 9-foot at­tempt at the horn was off, send­ing the game to an ex­tra pe­riod.

Ga­sol then con­nected on two more 3s in over­time as Mem­phis opened a 112-100 ad­van­tage to seal the win.

Mike Con­ley had 24 points and 11 as­sists for the Griz­zlies. Zach Ran­dolph had 22 points, while Vince Carter added 18 while shoot­ing 5 for 6 on 3s.

John Wall led the Wiz­ards with 22 points and 13 as­sists as all five Wash­ing­ton starters reached dou­ble fig­ures. Bradley Beal and Marcin Gor­tat had 14 points apiece, with Gor­tat also grab­bing 12 re­bounds. Otto Porter had 13 points, while Marki­eff Mor­ris and Mar­cus Thorn­ton added 11 each.

Wash­ing­ton led 96-88 with just over 3 min­utes left, but a fla­grant foul on Wall led to a pair of free throws by Carter. On the en­su­ing pos­ses­sion, Con­ley con­nected from dis­tance.

Mem­phis could get no closer than one point on two oc­ca­sions. And Wall’s two free throws with 24 sec­onds left gave the Wiz­ards a 10097 lead.

Ga­sol’s 27-footer was the sec­ond of the game, but the 7-foot cen­ter had two more long-range shots as Mem­phis pulled away in over­time.

Ga­sol had eight of the Griz­zlies’ 12 points in the ex­tra pe­riod. Conely had the other four.

It was turn-back-the­clock night in the first half for Mem­phis. First, Ran­dolph came off the bench

to con­nect on 5 of 7 shots. Then, Carter — the old­est player in the league — con­verted his first four 3-point­ers.

But the Wiz­ards were get­ting to the rim to chip away at an early 15-point Mem­phis lead. Wall had 13 in the half and Beal added 10 points.

That al­lowed Wash­ing­ton to pull to 58-54 at the break, de­spite 15 points from Ran­dolph and 13 each from Con­ley and Carter. Mem­phis con­nected on half of its 18 shots from out­side the arc in the half.

Mem­phis still held a 78-77 lead en­ter­ing the fourth.

In the fourth quar­ter, there were nine lead changes and three ties. TIP-INS Wiz­ards: Wall had al­ready reached 10 as­sists at half­time. .. Mor­ris, who led Wash­ing­ton in scor­ing with 22 points in the open­ing loss at At­lanta had four points in the first half and ended with 11. ... Mor­ris drew a tech­ni­cal in first quar­ter ar­gu­ing a sec­ond quick foul with ref­eree Scott Wall af­ter sev­eral warn­ings. ... Wall got a tech­ni­cal in sec­ond quar­ter cour­tesy of Hay­woode Work­man. ... Wash­ing­ton got off to a 2 for 13 start from the field.

Griz­zlies: F Jar­rell Martin, in

his sec­ond sea­son out of LSU, got his first ca­reer start. ... Martin start­ing was part of a lineup shuf­fle for Mem­phis as coach David Fiz­dale looked for a bet­ter start. GUN­NER GA­SOL

Ga­sol’s four 3-point­ers were a ca­reer-high. He had one in the first half be­fore his trio down the stretch. Fiz­dale is en­cour­ag­ing his big men like Ga­sol and Ran­dolph to take 3-point­ers. UP NEXT Wiz­ards: Hosts Toronto on Wed­nes­day night in its home opener to start a stretch of eight of 11 at home.

Griz­zlies: At Min­nesota on Tues­day night. The Griz­zlies de­feated the Tim­ber­wolves 102-98 in the sea­son opener. War­riors 106, Suns 100

PHOENIX (AP) — Kevin Du­rant scored 37 points, Stephen Curry added 28 and the War­riors held off the pesky Suns.

The War­riors didn’t seal the vic­tory un­til Curry’s two free throws with 12.9 sec­onds to play. Du­rant added a pair of free throws with seven sec­onds left to pro­vide the fi­nal mar­gin.

T.J. War­ren scored 26 points and Eric Bled­soe had 21 for the win­less Suns, who took the Thun­der into over­time in Ok­la­homa City on Fri­day night. Tyson Chan­dler grabbed 18 re­bounds for Phoenix.

The Suns led by as many as 13 in

the first half. The War­riors fi­nally took some­what shaky con­trol mid­way through the fi­nal quar­ter. Thun­der 112, Lak­ers 96

OK­LA­HOMA CITY (AP) — Rus­sell West­brook scored 33 points as part of an­other triple-dou­ble to help Ok­la­homa City beat Los An­ge­les to re­main un­beaten.

West­brook, com­ing off a 51-point triple-dou­ble against the Phoenix Suns on Fri­day, also had 16 as­sists and 12 re­bounds against the Lak­ers. Ac­cord­ing to the Thun­der, he joined Magic John­son, Jerry Lu­cas and Os­car Robert­son as the only play­ers in NBA his­tory with two triple-dou­bles in the first three games of a sea­son.

The Thun­der have won 20 straight reg­u­lar-sea­son games when West­brook reg­is­ters a triple-dou­ble. He clinched this one, the 39th of his ca­reer, in the third quar­ter. He ended the game with sea­son av­er­ages of 38.7 points, 12.3 re­bounds and 11.7 as­sists.

Vic­tor Oladipo added 20 points for the Thun­der.

D’An­gelo Rus­sell and Julius Ran­dle each scored 20 points for the Lak­ers. Spurs 106, Heat 99

MI­AMI (AP) — Kawhi Leonard scored 14 of his 27 points in the fi­nal 6:04, do­ing so with a ban­dage un­der his right eye and help­ing San An­to­nio hold off Mi­ami to re­main un­beaten.

Leonard left the game with 8:29 re­main­ing to be tended to and re­turned for the fi­nal 6:48.

Pau Ga­sol had 20 points and 11 re­bounds for the Spurs, who wasted a 16-point first-half lead be­fore re­cov­er­ing. Patty Mills added 18 for San An­to­nio, the first team to get to 4-0 in this young NBA sea­son.

Has­san White­side made his fi­nal seven shots and tied a ca­reer­high with 27 points for Mi­ami, also grab­bing 15 re­bounds. Go­ran Dragic scored 25 points and Jus­tise Winslow added 18 for the Heat. Rock­ets 93, Mav­er­icks 92

HOUS­TON (AP) — James Harden made a free throw with 0.1 sec­onds left, lift­ing Hous­ton over Dal­las in its home opener.

Harden had 28 points, seven re­bounds and seven as­sists. He was fouled by Wes­ley Matthews on a driv­ing layup at the buzzer with the game tied, then made the sec­ond of two free-throw at­tempts.

Af­ter trail­ing by 10 en­ter­ing the fourth quar­ter, Dal­las tied it at 92 with a 3-pointer by Matthews with 4.1 sec­onds re­main­ing.

Matthews led Dal­las with 25 points and J.J. Barea scored 18 points off the bench. In fall­ing to the Rock­ets for the sec­ond time in three days, the Mav­er­icks fell to 0-3 for the first time since 2011-12, the lock­out-short­ened sea­son fol­low­ing their ti­tle.

Clip­pers 88, Jazz 75

LOS AN­GE­LES (AP) — Austin Rivers scored 19 points, Blake Grif­fin added 18 and Los An­ge­les routed Utah in its home opener.

Ja­mal Craw­ford had 12 points, and De­An­dre Jor­dan had 16 re­bounds de­spite sprain­ing his right thumb.

Ge­orge Hill led the Jazz with 18 points and re­serve Dante Exum added 10. Joe John­son, who had 29 points in his Utah de­but, was held to seven points on 3-of-9 shoot­ing.

The Clip­pers took the lead for good in the sec­ond quar­ter on Grif­fin’s fast-break dunk. It was part of a 22-4 run over both halves that pushed their lead to 49-35. Six dif­fer­ent Clip­pers con­trib­uted to the spurt, led by Grif­fin’s seven points. Pis­tons 98, Bucks 83

AUBURN HILLS, MICH. (AP) — An­dre Drum­mond had 20 points and 23 re­bounds, help­ing Detroit cruise.

Ken­tavi­ous Caldwell-Pope added 21 points for the Pis­tons, who scored seven straight points in the fi­nal minute of the third quar­ter to build a 10-point lead. Drum­mond reached 20 re­bounds for a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive game, and this was his 10th ca­reer game with at least 20 points and 20 re­bounds.

To­bias Har­ris scored 16 points for Detroit, and Mar­cus Mor­ris and Ish Smith added 11 each. Gian­nis An­te­tok­oun­mpo led the Bucks with 17.

AP PHOTO

Griz­zlies cen­ter Marc Ga­sol, right, cel­e­brates af­ter a hit­ting 3-pointer in over­time as Wiz­ards cen­ter Marcin Gor­tat stands on the court dur­ing Sun­day’s game.

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