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Los Angeles Lakers centre Jordan Hill, left, reacts as
Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler looks on after
scoring in the second overtime of an NBA match,
Thursday night in Los Angeles. Lakers won 123-118.
MEMPHIS---Memphis cruised to its fifth straight
win and opened a small gap at the top of the NBA s
Southwest Division with a dominant 99-69 win
over Denver in Tennessee on Thursday night.
The Grizzlies moved two games clear of Houston,
which beat Dallas on Wednesday.
Among other games, the Los Angeles Lakers
snapped a nine-game losing streak against an
unlikely opponent, beating Central Division leader
Chicago in double overtime.
Zach Randolph had 15 points and 17 rebounds,
Jeff Green added 13 points and Memphis won its
Memphis held the Nuggets to just 11 points in
the first quarter and were never threatened the rest
of the way as Zach Randolph recorded his 10th
consecutive double-double; 15 points and 17
Jeff Green added 13 points in an even scoring
effort for the Grizzlies.
Wilson Chandler and Kenneth Faried each scored
10 points for Denver, which lost for the eighth time
in the past nine.
Los Angeles Jordan Hill scored 26 points and
forced the second overtime with a clutch jump
shot, as the Lakers beat Chicago 123-118.
Wayne Ellington scored 23 points for the Lakers,
who needed big late baskets from everybody in
their patchwork lineup to avoid matching the longest
losing skid in Lakers history: 10 games back in
Jimmy Butler matched his career high with 35
points for the Bulls, who rallied from a nine-point
deficit in 70 seconds late in regulation.
Milwaukee won at Orlando for the first time in
18 visits, beating the Magic 115-100, with Jerryd
Bayless scoring 19 points.
Indiana routed New York 103-82, with Rodney
Stuckey contributing 22 points for the Pacers. (AP)
Nuggets to open
NEW YORK---Al Horford, Paul Millsap
and Jeff Teague were picked as reserves
for the Eastern Conference in the NBA All-
Star team, giving the sizzling Atlanta
Hawks three selections for the first time
in 25 years.
Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook made
the West team despite early season injuries
for the Oklahoma City stars. The Miami Heat
also had two reserves in Chris Bosh and
But Portland surprisingly had only one in
LaMarcus Aldridge. Point guard Damian Lil-
lard was not among the seven reserves.
Atlanta has won 17 in a row and has a 38-
8 record, second-best in the NBA. The Hawks
were hoping for four spots, but Kyle Korver
was not chosen by East coaches.
Korver, shooting 53 percent from 3-point
range, still might have a chance if Wade isn t
able to play in his 11th consecutive All-Star
selection. He has a strained right hamstring.
"Our whole starting five deserves to be
there," Teague said before the results were
announced. "We have a good ballclub. We re
all playing at a really high level right now.
And we re playing as a team. That s all you
can really ask for."
Cleveland s Kyrie Irving, last year s All-
Star game MVP, and first-timer Jimmy Butler
of Chicago were the other players announced
to the East squad.
The rest of the West reserves for the Feb-
ruary 15 game at Madison Square Garden in
New York are James Harden (Houston), Klay
Thompson (Golden State), Tim Duncan (San
Antonio) and Chris Paul (Clippers).
Duncan made it for a 15th time, joining
Shaquille O Neal and Kevin Garnett with the
third-most selections behind Kareem Abdul-
Jabbar (19) and Bryant (17).
Head coaches in each conference had to
vote for two guards, three frontcourt players,
and two players regardless of position. They
couldn t vote for players on their own teams.
Bryant is out for the rest of the season
after surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in
his shoulder and his replacement will be
chosen by Commissioner Adam Silver. West
coach Steve Kerr of the Warriors will decide
who takes Bryant s spot in the lineup. (AP)
3 Hawks, Durant and Westbrook are NBA All-Star reserves
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