Bobcats Dismantle Trail Blazers
Charlotte, n.c. — Al Jefferson scored 28 points and two others finished with more than 20 as the Charlotte Bobcats routed the Portland Trail Blazers 124-94 on Saturday night.
Kemba Walker added 26 points, Gerald Henderson had 23 and Chris Douglas-Roberts 11 for the Bobcats, who finished with their highest-scoring game and most-lopsided victory in snapping a two-game losing streak.
Damian Lillard scored 20 points, Dorell Wright added 17 and Wesley Matthews 15 for the Trail Blazers, who trailed by as many as 34 points late in the second half in their worst loss this season.
Rockets 118, Cavaliers 111
Cleveland — James Harden scored 37 points, including 17 in the third quarter, and Houston led from wire-to-wire.
Rockets center Dwight Howard missed his third straight game with a sore left ankle, but Houston is undefeated in the eight-time All-Star’s absence.
Grizzlies 82, Pacers 71
Memphis, Tenn. — Mike Conley scored 21 points, Zach Randolph added 18 points and 13 rebounds, and Memphis held the Pacers to their lowest output of the season.
Mike Miller added 13 points as Memphis won for the seventh time in nine games and maintained its hold on the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Marc Gasol, returning after spraining his ankle Friday night, had 10 points and nine rebounds.
Lance Stephenson led the Pacers with 15 points and eight rebounds, while David West added 10 points, but was 5 of 15 from the field.
Paul George, the Pacers’ leading scorer at 22.1 points per game, was held to eight points, missing eight of his 10 shots, and Indiana shot 37 percent for the game.