Conley leads Grizzlies past Lakers, 107-102
On a night when Kobe Bryant set the record for most missed field goals in an NBA career, the Memphis Grizzlies extended their winning streak at home.
Mike Conley scored 23 points and the Grizzlies finally got a strong effort from their struggling bench to turn away the Los Angeles Lakers 107-102 on Tuesday night. It was the 17th straight regular-season home victory for Memphis, dating to last season.
The Lakers put together a furious rally after trailing by 17 in the fourth quarter, including 11 straight points. Los Angeles was down 105-102 with about 30 seconds left when Jordan Hill missed a 21-foot jumper, leading to an exasperated look from Bryant in the right corner.
After Hill’s miss, Zach Randolph scored on a putback of Marc Gasol’s shot that was blocked by Ed Davis with 5.2 seconds remaining, providing the final margin.
Bryant led the Lakers (1-6) with 28 points, but shot 10 of 26 from the field and surpassed Boston Celtics great John Havlicek for the most missed field goals in an NBA career.
Spurs play regulars, beat Warriors 113-100
Gregg Popovich played his veterans on consecutive nights – and they delivered. Tony Parker had 28 points and seven assists, Kawhi Leonard scored 19 and the restless San Antonio Spurs beat the Warriors 113-100 on Tuesday night.
The defending NBA champions leaned on their aging Big Three – Parker, Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan – to pull off California’s most difficult double. The Spurs rallied past the Clippers 89-85 on Monday in Los Angeles before cooling off one of the league’s hottest teams in Oakland.
Popovich said he went with his regulars because it’s early in the season, the Spurs have the next two days off and his veterans wanted to play.
Klay Thompson scored 29 points after missing the previous game with a sprained right hand, and Harrison Barnes had 22 points and eight rebounds for the Warriors, who have lost two straight after a 5-0 start under Coach Steve Kerr.
Mavericks rally past Kings 106-98
Dirk Nowitzki got to a milestone in Dallas when the Mavericks rallied from 24 points down to win against the Sacramento Kings. Nowitzki had 23 points to surpass Olajuwon as the highest-scoring player born outside the U.S., and the Mavericks came from way behind on Tuesday night to beat Sacramento 106-98 for their 21st straight regular-season win at home against the Kings.
Nowitzki hit a jumper from just inside the 3-point line early in the fourth quarter to pass Olajuwon at No. 9, and he finished the night at 26,953 career points. That’s seven more than the 7-footer from Nigeria, who starred for 17 years in Houston before retiring in 2002 after one season in Toronto.
Before Nowitzki’s milestone, Monta Ellis scored 10 of 16 points in the third quarter, including a fadeaway 3-pointer at the buzzer after the Mavericks had taken their first lead.
Rudy Gay scored 26 and Ramon Sessions had 18 for the Kings, who were outscored 58-28 from the middle of the second quarter to the end of the third.
Results: San Antonio Spurs 113 Golden State Warriors 100, Charlotte Bobcats 100 Portland Blazers 102, Sacramento Kings 98 Dallas Mavericks 106, Oklahoma City Thunder 78 Milwaukee Bucks 85, LA Lakers 102 Memphis Grizzles 107, Orlando Magic 100 Toronto Raptors 104
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Miami Heat vs Indiana Pacers 6 AM, Minnesota Timberwolves vs Houston Rockets 8.30 AM