Gasol, Gay Send Memphis Past Sixers
Philadelphia — Marc Gasol scored a season-high 27 points and Rudy Gay had 26 to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 103-100 win over the Philadelphia 76ers last night.
Jerryd Bayless scored a season-high 21 points to help the Grizzlies win without point guard Mike Conley. Conley sat out with a sprained left ankle suffered in Sunday’s loss to New Orleans.
The Grizzlies rallied from 17 down to take control late in the fourth. Bayless missed a jumper, Gay grabbed the rebound and put Memphis up 101-100 on a bucket with 13.3 seconds left. Philadelphia’s Thaddeus Young missed a short attempt in front of the basket and the Grizzlies grabbed the rebound.
Gay hit both attempts from the free-throw line for the three-point cushion.
Nick Young couldn’t get the tying shot off at the buzzer for the Sixers.
Tied at 79-all to start the fourth, neither team could break free the rest of the quarter.
Gasol hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer for a 93-90 lead but Evan Turner came right back with a short jumper and Thaddeus Young gave the Sixers a one-point lead after Memphis was whistled for an offensive foul.
Spencer Hawes hit a jumper and Jrue Holiday followed with basket after a fortuitous bounce popped the ball straight up off the rim and through the net for a 98-95 lead. It wasn’t enough. The Sixers still haven’t won consecutive games since they had a three-game winning streak from Nov. 25-30.
Turner scored a season-high 27 points, Thaddeus Young had 23, and Holiday had 18 points and 10 assists.
Warriors 114, Raptors 102
Toronto — David Lee had 21 points and 12 rebounds, Stephen Curry scored 17 points before leaving with a injury, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Toronto Raptors.
Klay Thompson scored 19 points, Carl Landry had six of his 12 points in the fourth quarter and Andrew Bogut returned from an injury to also score 12 as the Warriors earned their first victory in four games against Eastern Conference opponents this month.
Kings 96, Wizards 94
Washington — Isaiah Thomas made a floater with a second to play, capping a seesaw finish as the Sacramento Kings broke a four-game losing streak with a win over the Washington Wizards.
Thomas dribbled down the clock after the Wizards tied the game on Martell Webster’s short jumper with 7.9 seconds to play, then drove down the middle and put the ball in with a soft touch from 9 feet.
Nets 97, Magic 77
New York — Deron Williams had 20 points and nine assists, and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Orlando Magic for their eighth straight home victory.
The Nets rebounded from their first two-game losing streak under P.J. Carlesimo, finishing off a four-game sweep of the Magic, who dropped their sixth straight.
Bulls 93, Bobcats 85
Chicago — Jimmy Butler scored a career-high 19 points and Nate Robinson added 15 as the Chicago Bulls defeated the Charlotte Bobcats.
Luol Deng returned to the Bulls’ lineup after missing five games with a hamstring injury, and scored 12 points in 31 minutes. The Bulls won three of five without Deng as his absence was eased by the strong play of Butler, who returned to a reserve role.
Joakim Noah finished with 13 points, 18 rebounds and seven assists to help Central Division-leading Chicago win for the seventh time in its last nine games.
Kemba Walker and Ben Gordon led the Bobcats with 18 points apeice. Charlotte has lost nine of its last 11 games.