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Pelicans rally to beat Grizzlies 95-89

March 8, 2015

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans came from 18 points down to beat Memphis 95-89 on Saturday, boosting the Pelicans’ marginal NBA playoff hopes while jeopardizing the Grizzlies’ chances of topping the Southwest Division.

The Pelicans may be last in the division, but moved within half a game of Oklahoma City for the provisional last playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Memphis’ lead in the division was cut to 1-1/2 games ahead of Houston, which rediscovered its road form and won at Denver.

Elsewhere, Cleveland moved into a virtual tie for top of the Central Division by downing Phoenix and Milwaukee defeated Washington in a meeting of East playoff contenders.

New Orleans’ Tyreke Evans scored 26 points and Anthony Davis added 23 points and 10 rebounds for the Pelicans. Eric Gordon sealed the win with two free throws with 24.5 seconds left.

Jeff Green had 20 points for Memphis.

Cleveland beat Phoenix 89-72, with LeBron James tying the Cavaliers’ career assists record.

James tied Mark Price at 4,206 assists. James scored 17 points, going 6 for 16 from the field, and had eight assists and six rebounds to help the Cavaliers win their 13th straight at home.

Timofey Mozgov’s 19 points led Cleveland, which moved level with Chicago in the Central.

Markieff Morris scored 16 points for the Suns.

Milwaukee’s Khris Middleton scored 30 points and hit a key 3-pointer from the corner with 40.8 seconds left to help secure a 91-85 win against Washington.

Middleton had missed a 3 but the offensive rebound was tracked down by center Zaza Pachulia, who flipped a pass back to Middleton for a successful follow, and the Bucks snapped a four-game losing skid.

Paul Pierce had 14 points for the Wizards, whose lead over the Bucks was 1-1/2 games in the fight over fifth place in the East.

Houston’s James Harden scored 28 points to lead the Rockets to a 114-100 victory over Denver.

Corey Brewer had 24 for the Rockets, who had lost their previous three road games.

Wilson Chandler’s 26 points was best for the Nuggets, who are 2-2 under interim coach Melvin Hunt.

Lowly Philadelphia produced an upset by beating East-leading Atlanta 92-84, with the Hawks paying the price for resting starters Paul Millsap, Kyle Korver and DeMarre Carroll.

Minneapolis ended Portland’s winning streak at five games, with Kevin Martin scoring 29 points and Ricky Rubio hitting a big 3-pointer with a minute left to help the Timberwolves win 121-113.

Miami erased a 12-point fourth-quarter deficit and beat Sacramento 114-109 after overtime, with Dwyane Wade scoring 28 points.

Indiana won a fifth successive game for the first time this season, beating league cellar dweller New York 92-86, with George Hill hitting the tiebreaking 3-pointer with 2:34 left.

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