Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 11th 2014 Contents MEMPHIS---Memphis withstood 18
3-pointers by Dallas to beat the Mav-
ericks 114-105 on Tuesday, with Marc
Gasol s 30 points helping the Grizzlies
to a victory that moved them back to
the top of the NBA s Southwest Divi-
The Grizzlies moved above idle Hous-
ton, while elsewhere, LeBron James led
Cleveland to an eighth-straight win,
his former team Miami ended a four-
game skid by beating Phoenix and Utah
ended a longer run of defeats.
Memphis Gasol, who was limited to
only two points on Sunday against
Miami, was 9 of 14 from the field and
12 of 13 from the line, while Mike Conley
added 22 points.
Chandler Parsons led the Mavericks
with 30 points, going 10 of 18 from the
field and 6 of 10 from 3-point range.
Cleveland came from behind to beat
Toronto 105-101, with LeBron James
scoring 35 points, including a tiebreaking
3-pointer with 48 seconds remaining.
James jumper from the top of the
key gave Cleveland a 102-99 lead and
tied him with Mark Price for the fran-
chise record for 3-pointers at 802.
Dion Waiters scored 18 points for
Cleveland, which trailed by 10 points
early in the fourth quarter.
Jonas Valanciunas and Terrence Ross
each scored 18 for Toronto, which shot
14 of 21 in the first quarter but was
Miami s Chris Bosh scored 10 of his
34 points in the fourth quarter, including
seven straight at one point, to guide
the Heat to a 103-97 win over Phoenix.
Luol Deng scored 23 points for the
Heat, which has won nine straight
against the Suns, and eight straight in
Marcus Morris scored a career-high
25 points for Phoenix on 10-of-13 shoot-
ing.Utah ended a nine-game losing slump
by defeating San Antonio 100-96, with
Derrick Favors scoring 21 points, Gordon
Hayward adding 20.
Tim Duncan had 23 points and 13
rebounds for San Antonio, which was
without starting point guard Tony Park-
er.Utah profited outside, winning despite
being outscored 62-50 in the key.
Portland s LaMarcus Aldridge had 23
points and 11 rebounds to lead the Trail
Blazers to a fifth-straight win, defeating
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Johnson wants the Los Ange-
les Lakers to lose every game
this season for their own
Coach Byron Scott thinks
they re better off learning how
to win, and that s just what
they did several hours after
Magic s latest pointed com-
Johnson discussed the
struggling Lakers on Tuesday
at a promotional appearance
in New York, and the Hall of
Famer dished out some blunt
thoughts on the 16-time NBA
champion franchise s future.
"I hope the Lakers lose every
game," the former Lakers point
guard said. "Because if you re
going to lose, lose. And I m
serious. If you re going to lose,
you ve got to lose, because you
can t be in the middle of the
pack. You either have to be
great, or you ve got to be bad
to get a good pick."
A few hours later, Scott
responded to his former Lakers
backcourt mate by stressing
the importance of establishing
a winning climate surrounding
Kobe Bryant. Scott says tank-
ing wouldn t be entertained
by the Lakers, whose 6-16
record is tied for the second-
worst in the Western Confer-
"That s easy to say, but
when you re behind the scenes
and you re in the trenches and
you re coaching, that s not
something that you want to
do," Scott said. "We ve got to
go out here and win every
game possible. I mean, if you
lose games, that s one thing.
But to go out and try to lose,
that s a different story. I think
that sends a message to those
guys in there that it s going
back to that losing mentality.
We don t we want to create
Bryant scored 32 points in
the Lakers 98-95 win over
Sacramento on Tuesday, end-
ing a three-game losing run.
Kobe also wants no part of
Magic s plan.
"He s used to being an
owner," Bryant said with a
laugh. "He s the owner of the
Dodgers. He was an owner of
the Lakers. That s speaking
from an owner s perspective.
... the fans---hopefully some
of them---are smart enough to
understand his perspective as
an owner. I certainly am.
Magic is one of the most com-
petitive players of all time. He
doesn t want to lose." (AP)
Lakers to lose now
Mavericks to go top
Dallas Mavericks forward Chandler Parsons (25) shoots between Memphis
Grizzlies centre Marc Gasol (33) and guard Tony Allen, right, in the first half of
an NBA basketball game Tuesday in Memphis, Tenn. AP PHOTO
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