The Associated Press
Jan. 25, 2015
MEMPHIS, Tennessee (AP) — Zach Randolph had 17 points and 14 rebounds and Jeff Green scored 18 as the Memphis Grizzlies coasted to a 101-83 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night.
Vince Carter added 13 points as the Grizzlies (31-12) won their sixth in the last seven games.
Memphis led by as many as 25 in the second half, allowing coach Dave Joerger to rest his starters in the fourth quarter. Marc Gasol, selected as an All-Star starter, finished with nine points, as did point guard Mike Conley.
Rookie Jerami Grant led the Sixers (8-36) with a career-high 16 points, while Michael Carter-Williams was the only other Philadelphia player in double figures with 10 points, going 3 of 12 from the field.
The Sixers shot 38 percent for the game and committed 24 turnovers.
TRAIL BLAZERS 103, WIZARDS 96
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge returned to the Trail Blazers two days after saying he was going to have thumb surgery and had 26 points and nine rebounds in a victory over the Washington Wizards.
Damian Lillard added 20 points and seven assists as the Blazers snapped a two-game losing streak.
Tied at 79 midway through the fourth quarter, Wesley Matthews made two 3-pointers that gave Portland an 87-85 with 3:28 left. Lillard's 3 extended the lead 92-85.
Nene's layup closed the Wizards to 94-91, but he missed a free throw then fouled Meyers Leonard on a 3-point attempt on the other end. Leonard made all three free throws to put Portland up 97-91 with 1:07 left and Washington couldn't catch up.
John Wall led the Wizards with 25 points and nine assists.
Aldridge had said he was expected to miss from six to eight weeks for ligament surgery. But just hours before the game, the Blazers announced on Twitter that the three-time All-Star would play.
BUCKS 101, PISTONS 86
MILWAUKEE (AP) — O.J. Mayo scored 20 points, and the Milwaukee Bucks relied on perimeter shooting and defense in the win.
The Bucks went 11 for 17 from 3-point range, including a 4-for-5 performance from Mayo. The reserve guard made three 3s in a 47-second span of the second quarter to spark an 18-2 run that gave Milwaukee a 54-40 lead with 4:27 left in the second quarter.
Milwaukee also opened the second half with a 17-2 run. The Bucks led by as much as 30 in the third quarter of a rare easy victory.
The Detroit Pistons' Brandon Jennings scored 16 points before leaving late in the third with a lower left leg injury.
HORNETS 76, KNICKS 71
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Brian Roberts scored 17 points, and the Charlotte Hornets beat the New York Knicks for their ninth victory in the last 11 games.
Roberts, who started in place of the injured Kemba Walker, was 5 of 9 from the field and made all six free throws as the Hornets snapped the Knicks' three-game win streak.
The Knicks played without Carmelo Anthony, who was held out to rest his knee on the second night of a back-to-back.
Tim Hardaway Jr. led the Knicks with 25 points and Lance Thomas had 16 points and eight rebounds.
Walker missed his third game in the last five after his knee flared up.
JAZZ 108, NETS 73
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Gordon Hayward scored 24 points and Trey Burke had 19 as the Utah Jazz rolled over the reeling Brooklyn Nets.
Joe Ingles had a season-high 16 points and Danté Exum had 13 in his second straight start in front of Burke, who came off the bench.
Jarrett Jack had 16 points and Mason Plumlee added 11 for the Nets, who have dropped three of four.