With Gasol's return, Memphis down OKC by 3 in Tennessee
AP January 16, 2014, 12:10 am TWN
MEMPHIS, Tennessee -- Courtney Lee scored a season-high 24 points, including the closing two free throws, as the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 90-87 on Tuesday in Marc Gasol's return to the lineup.
Zach Randolph had 23 points and 13 rebounds on the night his inside partner came back after missing almost eight weeks with a left knee injury. Gasol played 24 minutes and finished with 12 points. Mike Conley had 19 points and seven assists for Memphis, which won its third straight.
Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 37 points, converting 15 of 28 shots. Reggie Jackson scored 17, but also committed seven of Oklahoma City's 19 turnovers. Serge Ibaka finished with 11 points and four blocks as the Thunder lost their third in the last four.
Pacers 116, Kings 92 Paul George scored 31 points, making four 3-pointers, as Indiana snapped Sacramento's three-game winning streak.
The victory clinched the Eastern Conference coaching spot for Frank Vogel, since the Pacers are guaranteed to have the best winning percentage in the conference through games of Feb. 2 with Miami's Erik Spoelstra ineligible after coaching last year.
DeMarcus Cousins had 31 points and 13 rebounds, and Rudy Gay scored 12 points for the Kings (13-23), who scored under 100 points for the first time in 12 games.
Bobcats 108, Knicks 98 Al Jefferson scored a season-high 35 points and Kemba Walker had 12 of his 25 in the fourth quarter as Charlotte snapped New York's five-game winning streak.
The Bobcats were in need of a win after losing three straight games and eight of their last 10.
Walker was 4 of 4 from the field in the fourth quarter, including 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions.
Gerald Henderson chipped in with 17 points for Charlotte (16-23), and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had eight points and seven rebounds after sitting out the last 19 games with a broken left hand.
Carmelo Anthony had 20 points and six rebounds as the Knicks (15-23) lost in Tyson Chandler's return to the lineup after missing four games with bronchitis.
Cavaliers 120, Lakers 118 Luol Deng hit five 3-pointers while scoring 27 points, Anderson Varejao added 18 points and 18 rebounds, and Cleveland beat spiraling Los Angeles.
Dion Waiters scored 13 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter as the Cavaliers improved to 4-16 on the road. They also won for coach Mike Brown in his return to Staples Center to face the Lakers, who fired him early last season.
Jodie Meeks hit six 3-pointers while scoring a season-high 26 points in injury-plagued Los Angeles' fifth straight defeat. Nick Young scored 28 points, but the Lakers have lost 11 of 12 heading into a punishing seven-game road trip.
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