Grizzlies top Spurs, spoil Parker’s night
SAN ANTONIO — Jaren Jack- son Jr. had 24 points and the Mem- phis Grizzlies put a damper on Tony Parker’s jersey retirement by beating the San Antonio Spurs, 113-109, Monday night.
Parker’s uniform was lifted to the rafters alongside fellow Big Three members Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili following the game. They led San Antonio to four of its five championships and have the most wins (541) of any trio in league history.
Jackson was involved in two pivotal plays with the Grizzlies up, 111-109, in the final minute. His 3-pointer with 25.5 seconds was overturned when replays determined the Grizzlies forward was out of bounds. Jackson then blocked Demar Derozan’s ensuing drive to maintain Memphis’ two-point advantage.
Dillon Brooks had 21 points and Jonas Valanciunas added 18 points and 12 rebounds for Memphis, which had lost two straight and five of six.
Lamarcus Aldridge had 19 points, Rudy Gay added 18 and Derozan had 12 as San Antonio suffered its second straight home loss.
Celtics 116, Mavericks 106
At Boston, Kemba Walker made a trio of key 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and finished with 29 points, Jaylen Brown added 25 points and 11 rebounds, and the Celtics beat Dallas in the first game since Gordon Hayward had surgery on his broken left hand.
Daniel Theis chipped in with 11 points and Brad Wanamaker had 10 for Boston, which won its eighth straight game since a season-opening loss at Philadelphia.
Jayson Tatum shot 1 for 18 from the field and scored only five points for the Celtics.
Luka Doncic led the Mavericks (6-4) with 34 points, nine assists and six rebounds. Maxi Kleber had 15 points with eight boards.
Kristaps Porzingis scored just four points on 1-of-11 shooting for Dallas.
The Celtics released a statement during the opening quarter that said Hayward had surgery Monday to repair a fracture in his nonshooting hand. He was injured during their previous game in San Antonio when he collided with Lamarcus Aldridge as the Spurs big man set a screen.
Timberwolves 120, Pistons 114
At Detroit, Andrew Wiggins scored 33 points, and Minnesota spoiled Blake Griffin’s return, beating the Pistons.
Griffin played for the first time this season, coming back from hamstring and knee issues. Derrick Rose also returned to the Detroit lineup from a strained hamstring, but both he and Griffin played limited minutes.
Griffin scored 19 points but Rose added just six.
Karl-anthony Towns scored 25 points for Minnesota, which snapped an eight-game losing streak to the Pistons.
Luke Kennard led Detroit with 25 points.
Rockets 122, Pelicans 116
At New Orleans, James Harden scored 39 points, including 13 straight during a stretch of the fourth quarter, and Houston beat the short-handed Pelicans.
Russell Westbrook had 26 points and Clint Capela added 11 points and 20 rebounds to help the Rockets to their fourth straight win.
JJ Redick had 24 points, Josh Hart scored 19, and Jrue Holiday added 18 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds for New Orleans, which played without leading-scorer Brandon Ingram due to a sore right knee.
The Rockets led, 95-82, early in the fourth quarter on Westbrook’s dunk, but the Pelicans pulled to 97-93 on a four-point play by Redick. Harden then took control with his scoring burst in a 2:10 span. He started the run by splitting defenders for driving layups on consecutive possessions and then made back-to-back 3-pointers, including one for a fourpoint play. By the time Harden made two free throws to end the run, Houston led, 110-93, with 5:20 left.
At Milwaukee, Bucks forward Khris Middleton is expected to be sidelined for up to a month after suffering a left thigh contusion.
Middleton was hurt during Sunday night’s 121-119 win at Oklahoma City. He underwent an MRI and examination Monday by team physician Dr. William Raasch that confirmed the injury as a left thigh contusion.
The Bucks said Middleton is expected to be sidelined for three to four weeks.
Middleton has played in 10 games, all starts, for the Bucks this season, averaging 18.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 30.8 minutes per game while shooting a career best in field goal percentage (.486).
At San Francisco, Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry “definitely” plans to return this season from his broken left hand and is hoping to be back on the court at “some point in early spring.”
When exactly the two-time NBA MVP will be able to play again remains uncertain.
Curry addressed the media Monday night for the first time since getting injured Oct. 30 and said he needs a second surgery on his non-shooting hand, probably in early December, to remove pins that were inserted during the first procedure Nov. 1 that involved his hand and index finger.