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Friday's NBA Capsules: Grizzlies hand Knicks first loss of the season

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Zach Randolph had 20 points and 15 rebounds, Marc Gasol added 24 points and the Memphis Grizzlies handed the New York Knicks their first loss of the season with a 105-95 victory on Friday night.

Rudy Gay scored 17 points and blocked four shots, and Mike Conley added 16 points and eight assists as Memphis won its seventh straight. The Grizzlies own the NBA's best record for the first time in franchise history at 7-1.

Carmelo Anthony scored 20 points for New York, which was trying to start 7-0 for the first time since the 1993-94 team that reached the NBA Finals. Raymond Felton scored 18 points and handed out five assists. Rasheed Wallace scored 13 points, shooting 6 of 10.

The Knicks shot 51 per cent for the game, but Memphis had 12 offensive rebounds, leading to a 22-12 advantage in second-chance points.

LAKERS 114, SUNS 102

LOS ANGELES (AP) Kobe Bryant had 31 points, Metta World Peace hit five 3-pointers while scoring 22 points, and the Lakers played Mike D'Antoni's style of up-tempo basketball in a victory over the Suns.

Dwight Howard had 18 points and 12 rebounds as the Lakers improved to 3-1 under interim coach Bernie Bickerstaff with a performance that must have impressed D'Antoni, who watched from the locker room inside Staples Center.

Although D'Antoni wasn't quite ready for sideline duty while recovering from knee replacement surgery, the Lakers played with aggression and urgency after just one practice under their new coach on Thursday. The former Suns and Knicks coach replaced Mike Brown, who was fired one tumultuous week ago.

Goran Dragic scored 22 points for the Suns, who have lost three of four.

Before the game, Staples Center unveiled a nearly 16-foot-tall bronze statue of NBA career scoring leader Kareem Abdul-Jabbar shooting his famed skyhook.

TRAIL BLAZERS 119, ROCKETS 117, OT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Nicolas Batum had 35 points, rookie Damian Lillard sparked a late comeback and the Trail Blazers edged the Rockets in overtime.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 29 points for Portland, including a tiebreaking free throw and key turnaround jumper in the extra session. Lillard, a first-round pick out of Weber State, finished with a career-high 27 points.

James Harden had 29 points for the Rockets, who led by as many as 15 before falling behind in the final quarter. Chandler Parsons added 19 points and 11 rebounds.

Portland won its second consecutive game while narrowly avoiding a fourth straight loss at the Rose Garden.

THUNDER 110, HORNETS 95

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Kevin Durant and Kevin Martin each scored 27 points, and the Thunder rolled to their sixth victory in seven games.

Serge Ibaka added 15 for Oklahoma City, which shot 54 per cent (40 of 74) and built leads as big as 30 points in the first half and 34 in the second, allowing the starters to rest for the entire fourth quarter. Thabo Sefolosha scored 11 points, while Russell Westbrook had 10 points and 12 assists.

Oklahoma City made 14 3-pointers, with Martin hitting six of 11 and Durant four of five.

Ryan Anderson scored 15 points for New Orleans, which dropped its second straight. Anthony Davis tied a career high with 11 rebounds to go with eight points, but hit only four of 14 shots.

WARRIORS 106, TIMBERWOLVES 98

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) David Lee had 18 points and 13 rebounds and Golden State dominated inside in the victory.

Carl Landry added 15 points and seven boards and Stephen Curry had 17 points and six assists for the Warriors (5-4), who outscored Minnesota 58-22 in the paint.

Alexey Shved had 22 points and seven assists and Derrick Williams had 23 points and seven rebounds for the Timberwolves (5-4), who are starting to succumb to the injuries that have ravaged them early this season.

Harrison Barnes had 18 points and nine rebounds and the Warriors outrebounded Minnesota 50-34. They led 90-76 with eight minutes to play, but as they've done all season, the scrappy Wolves clawed back in it.

Shved's runner cut it to 92-89 with four minutes to go, but the short-handed Wolves just didn't have enough in the tank to finish it off.

HAWKS 112, KINGS 96

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Kyle Korver scored 22 points, reserve Lou Williams had 21 and the Hawks earned their ninth consecutive win against the Kings.

Al Horford had 20 points and 10 rebounds for Atlanta after missing a game due to an illness. Josh Smith collected 19 points, eight rebounds and six assists.

The Hawks carried an 86-70 lead into the fourth quarter and maintained at least an 11-point lead the rest of the way.

Jason Thompson had 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Kings, who have lost four straight.

Kings centre DeMarcus Cousins returned after he was suspended the previous two games for a verbal altercation with San Antonio TV analyst Sean Elliott. Cousins, who was whistled for a technical foul in the third quarter, had nine points, 16 rebounds and seven assists, but missed 11 of 15 shots.

76ERS 99, JAZZ 93

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Jrue Holiday scored 26 points to help the Sixers snap a three-game home losing streak.

Jason Richardson added 20 points for Philadelphia. Thaddeus Young scored 14 and Nick Young finished with 12.

The Sixers (5-4) dropped the first two games of a five-game homestand to Milwaukee and previously winless Detroit before bouncing back against Utah.

Paul Millsap led the Jazz (4-6) with 22 points. DeMarre Carroll added a career-high 17 points, Al Jefferson had 15 and Mo Williams scored 12.

Before the game, injured Sixers centre Andrew Bynum said he had suffered a "setback" in his return from a knee injury. Bynum said he now has swelling and a bone bruise on both knees and his target date of Dec. 10 for basketball activities is in limbo.

PACERS 103, MAVERICKS 83

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) David West and George Hill each scored 15 points, and the Pacers improved to 3-1 at home.

West and Hill, Indiana's top two scorers, had combined for 5-for-19 shooting and 10 points in Wednesday's loss to Milwaukee.

Roy Hibbert and Sam Young added 14 points apiece for the Pacers (4-6), who had lost two straight before beating the Mavericks and their former coach, Rick Carlisle.

The Pacers shot 47 per cent from the field in their first blowout win of the season. They had gone six games without scoring at least 100 points.

O.J. Mayo led the Mavericks (5-5) with 19 points. Vince Carter and former Pacers guard Darren Collison each had 10 points.

MAGIC 110, PISTONS 106

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) J.J. Redick scored 23 points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 42.8 seconds left, and Orlando got the win on the road.

Arron Afflalo scored 19 and Jameer Nelson added 13 points and 10 assists for Orlando, which had each of its starters score in double figures. Glen Davis had 17 points and 13 rebounds, and Nikola Vucevic finished with 11 points and 13 boards.

The Magic (3-5) began the day averaging just 88 points a game, but scored 66 in the second half after trailing by as many as 13.

Greg Monroe had 23 points for Detroit, which has dropped nine of its first 10 games. The Pistons were coming off a 94-76 victory at Philadelphia on Wednesday night that snapped a franchise-worst 0-8 start.


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