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PORTLAND---Marc Gasol had
26 points and nine assists as
Memphis held off Portland to
snap a nine-game Portland win-
Mike Conley added 21 points and
10 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who
have lost just two of 16 games this
season for the NBA's best record.
Memphis is undefeated against con-
ference foes this season.
Wesley Matthews scored 26 or
the Blazers, who lost just their sec-
ond game at home. LaMarcus
Aldridge added 19 points and 10
The Grizzlies led by as many as
15 points. But Matthews nailed a 3-
pointer to narrow it before Chris
Kaman's layup cut the Grizzlies' lead
to 89-85 with 7:26 to go.
Tony Allen's layup put Memphis
up 94-85. He added a 3-pointer that
extended the lead to 108-93 with
1:37 left to seal it.
Zach Randolph had 14 points and
13 rebounds for Memphis, which has
won eight of its last nine games.
Conley had nine assists to just miss
out on a triple double.
SPURS 112, KINGS 104
SAN ANTONIO---Tony Parker
had 27 points and the San Anto-
nio Spurs held on to beat the
Sacramento Kings 112-104---their
second straight victory without
Popovich missed his second
straight game following a recent
undisclosed minor medical proce-
dure. The veteran coach's status is
unknown for the team's upcoming
four-game road trip, which begins
Sunday in Boston, but he did visit
with the team Friday morning.
Assistant coach Ettore Messina
led San Antonio to its sixth straight
victory. Messina said everything he
is doing has Popovich's seal of
Kawhi Leonard scored 19 points,
Tim Duncan had 18 and Danny
Green 11 for San Antonio (11-4).
Darren Collison and Ryan Hollins
had 15 points each for Sacramento
(9-6) and Ben McLemore had 14
HAWKS 100, PELICANS 91
ATLANTA---Jeff Teague scored
26 points, DeMarre Carroll
added 19 and Atlanta held off
Ryan Anderson and Jrue Holiday
each had 20 points for New Orleans.
The Pelicans couldn't recover after
being held to a season-low 28 first-
Tyreke Evans had 18 points for
New Orleans. Anthony Davis had 14
points and 11 rebounds.
The Pelicans cut Atlanta's lead to
seven points three times in the fourth
period, the last at 94-87. Teague
answered with a basket that barely
beat the shot clock with 39 seconds
remaining. Paul Millsap had 13 points
and nine rebounds and Al Horford
had 10 points and 10 rebounds for
THUNDER 105, KNICKS 78
Westbrook scored 32 points in
his first game back from a bro-
ken right hand, and Oklahoma
rolled past New York.
Westbrook was injured in the sec-
ond game of the season and hadn't
played since. He returned in grand
fashion, making 12 of 17 shots,
including 3 of 4 3-pointers, and
adding eight assists and seven
rebounds in just 23 minutes before
checking out late in the third quarter
because the Thunder were in con-
Amare Stoudemire had 20 points
and nine rebounds for the Knicks,
who shot 39 percent and scored a
season-low point total in their third
straight loss. Carmelo Anthony, a
Top 10 scorer in the league, missed
his second straight game with back
spasms. He said before the game he
was unsure when he would return.
CLIPPERS 102, ROCKETS 85
HOUSTON---Blake Griffin had
30 points and 10 rebounds and
Jamal Crawford added 21 points
to help Los Angeles coast to a
win over injury-depleted Hous-
The Rockets were playing their
fifth straight game without Dwight
Howard (knee strain) and were also
missing two other starters.
The Clippers took the lead at the
end of the first quarter and didn't
trail again. Houston got within 10
points early in the third, but a run
by Los Angeles pushed the lead to
18. An alley-oop dunk by DeAndre
Jordan made it 94-73 with about
six minutes remaining and the
starters went to the bench soon after
that. James Harden had 16 points
to lead Houston.
PACERS 98, MAGIC 83
Stuckey scored a season-high 24
points and David West had 18
points in his first game of the
season to lead Indiana to a win
Solomon Hill scored 11 points and
Lavoy Allen had 10 points and 14
rebounds as the Pacers (7-9) handed
the Magic (6-12) their fourth straight
West wasted little time in re-
establishing himself. The Pacers'
power forward had missed the first
15 games of the season with an ankle
injury, but he scored Indiana's first
four points before two quick fouls
sent him to the bench.
Nikola Vucevic led Orlando with
16 points. Tobias Harris and Victor
Oladipo each scored 14 and Ben Gor-
don had 12 points for the Magic.
BUCKS 104, PISTONS 88
AUBURN HILLS---Ersan Ilyaso-
va scored 22 points and Jared
Dudley added 16 points as Mil-
waukee beat slumping Detroit.
Milwaukee didn't have a single
starter score in double figures, but
got 69 points off the bench to hand
Detroit its seventh straight loss.
The teams were playing for the
third time this month and the second
time in four days. The Pistons posted
one of just three wins this season
on November 7, but Milwaukee
answered with a 98-86 victory on
Former Piston Khris Middleton
added 12 points for Milwaukee,
which got four reserves into double
figures. Andre Drummond led
Detroit with 26 points and 20
rebounds, but Greg Monroe only had
five points on three shots.
Spieth was one of few players to
master a wind-swept course at
the Australian Open yesterday,
shooting a 2-under 69 to move
into a three-way share of the lead.
Adam Scott stayed close while
defending champion Rory McIlroy
dropped five shots in two holes
and shot 76.
Spieth, second-round leader
Greg Chalmers (71) and fellow Aus-
tralian Brett Rumford (69) had
three-round totals of 5-under 208
on a tough Australian Golf Club
course and its swirling, unpre-
Only eight players were under
"They're baked (the greens),
they're very shiny, they've firmed
up significantly and then with this
wind, there were putts that were
lightning fast," Spieth said. "I
almost prefer it, wind and a very
difficult golf course, I feel like plays
into my hands."
Scott shot 69 and was tied for
fourth, a stroke behind the leading
trio, along with Australian veteran
Rod Pampling (69).
McIlroy, who had a triple bogey
on the ninth hole and a double-
bogey on 10, was six strokes from
the lead, tied for 14th.
He was tied for the lead at 4-
under and even on the day when
he hit his tee shot on the par-4
ninth into waist-high rough. After
failing to advance it and burying
it in matting used to control weeds,
he took a penalty drop, sliced that
and finally got on the green in 5,
where he two-putted for 7.
The Northern Irishman and
world No 1 then hit his approach
on 10 into woodchips, failed to
advance it back to the grass on his
next shot, and two-putted for a
"I hit a wayward tee shot into
what I thought was a decent-
enough lie that I could advance
the ball," McIlroy said. "But I didn't
realize what I was standing on is
not like dirt or earth. It was more
like carpet. So the ball went under-
neath the carpet. Had it been a
normal surface it would have been
all right, but down there it was
"I need a fast start tomorrow
(today) to have a chance," he said.
"I still feel like I can shoot a good
Scott said the wind was affecting
the players' setup and shots.
"It really came up around the
turn and blew hard on the back
nine," Scott said. "It's really tough
with the way it's blowing, you are
trying to stay as stable as you can.
It's certainly presented a pretty
tough challenge this week."
Rumford said the course was on
the "razor's edge" of toughness
but said that is to be expected for
a national championship.
"You feel as though you're ped-
aling a million miles an hour going
nowhere, seemingly," said Rum-
The round of the day was a 67
by Australian Daniel Nisbet, who
teed off in the first group Saturday
morning before the wind picked
Grizzlies end Blazers' hot streak
Spieth among 3rd-round leaders at Australian Open
of the US
on the 6th
round of the
Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol, from Spain, left, works the ball in
against Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge during the first
half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Oregon, Friday night. Grizzlies
won 112-99. AP PHOTO
Warriors 106, Hornets 101
Nuggets 122, Suns 97
Mavericks 106, Raptors 102
Bulls 102, Celtics 102
Timberwolves 120, Lakers 119
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