Wizards fall to Gasol, Grizzlies in overtime
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.
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.