Grizzlies earn 8th-straight win
November 19, 2012, 12:04 am TWN
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina -- Mike Conley scored 20 points and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Charlotte Bobcats 94-87 on Saturday night for their eighth consecutive victory.
Zach Randolph added 18 points and 12 rebounds, and three other players scored in double figures for the Grizzlies, who own the NBA's best record at 8-1. Rudy Gay had 16 points and Marc Gasol and Tony Allen scored 12 apiece.
Memphis led by as many as 17 points in the fourth quarter.
Byron Mullens scored 18 points and Kemba Walker added 17 for the Bobcats, who cut the Grizzlies' lead to five points three times in the final period, the last at 92-87 on Bismack Biyombo's dunk with 13 seconds remaining.
Charlotte had won three straight.
Clippers 101, Bulls 80 Blake Griffin scored 12 of his 26 points in the final six minutes and grabbed 10 rebounds, helping the Clippers earn their fifth straight victory.
Reserve Jamal Crawford scored 17 of his 22 points in the second quarter for the Clippers, who lead the Pacific Division with a 7-2 mark. It's their best record after nine games since 2005-06, when they won nine of their first 11, finished 47-35 and came within one victory of the Western Conference finals.
Los Angeles' reserves outscored the starters 35-18 in the first half and 53-48 for the game.
The Bulls, who blew an 18-point lead in their previous game on Wednesday at Phoenix before beating the Suns 112-106 in overtime, got 22 points and 12 rebounds from Carlos Boozer on the second leg of their annual circus road trip.
Celtics 107, Raptors 89 Rajon Rondo tied his season high with 20 assists, and Jason Terry scored 20 points to help the Celtics get the victory.
Rondo appeared at full strength after sitting out a loss at Brooklyn on Thursday night because of a sprained right ankle. He had seven assists in the first quarter and 11 at halftime, extending his streak of consecutive games with double-digit assists to 33.
Rondo's streak is the third-longest in NBA history and puts him within four games of tying John Stockton. Magic Johnson holds the record at 46 consecutive games with 10 or more assists.
Paul Pierce added 19 points for Boston (6-4). Rookie Jared Sullinger had his first double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Andrea Bargnani and John Lucas led Toronto (2-7) with 15 points apiece.
Heat 97, Suns 88 Chris Bosh scored 24 points on 9-of-11 shooting, ailing LeBron James added 21 and the Heat closed a six-game road trip with a victory over the Suns.
The Heat, playing without Dwyane Wade for the second game in a row because of a left foot injury, led by as many as 15 in the third quarter and were up by nine with 5 1/2 minutes to play. The Suns cut it to two before Miami scored the game's final seven points.
James, who missed the morning shootaround with flu-like symptoms, made only 8 of 20 shots but still reached 20 points for the 11th time in 11 games this season. James' effort helped the Heat finish 4-2 on the road trip.
Markieff Morris scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half for Phoenix.
Other games on Saturday:
Jazz 83, Wizards 76
Mavericks 103, Cavaliers 95
Spurs 126, Nuggets 100
Bucks 117, Hornets 113