Cumberland Times-News

January 19, 2013

Grizzlies beat weary Bulls in OT, 85-82


Associated Press

— CHICAGO — Marc Gasol scored 19 points, Zach Randolph had 13 points and 19 rebounds, and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Chicago Bulls 85-82 in overtime on Saturday night.



Memphis scored the first six points of the extra period, Gasol’s putback making it 82-76. The Bulls cut it to 83-80 on Jimmy Butler’s layup and had a chance to tie, but Nate Robinson missed a 3-pointer with 25 seconds left.



Robinson made a layup with 6.6 seconds left, but Jerryd Bayless scored with 4.8 seconds remaining to make it 85-82. Carlos Boozer missed a 3 as time expired.



Chicago, playing its third consecutive overtime game in four days, didn’t have enough in overtime. The Bulls played without forward Luol Deng and had to fight back from a 17-point, third-quarter deficit.



Jimmy Butler, starting in place of Deng, scored a career-high 18 points and Boozer added 17 as the Bulls had a three-game winning streak. The Bulls shot just 3 for 10 in overtime.



Robinson banked in a 3 with 1:33 left in regulation to give Chicago a 75-72 lead, then Gasol scored four consecutive points to get Memphis the lead back at 75-74. Marco Belinelli split a pair of free throws to tie the game at 76 with 31.4 seconds to play. After Randolph missed an 18-footer with 4.9 seconds left, Robinson missed a 21-footer as time expired, sending the game into overtime.



After trailing by 17 early in the third quarter, the Bulls cut it to five early in the fourth quarter, but Memphis quickly answered. Tony Allen made a pair of free throws and Mike Conley had a steal and layup to make it 64-55 with 9:30 left before the Bulls rallied.



Memphis has won two straight after dropping three in a row.



Rudy Gay finished with 16 points and Conley had 13 points and nine assists.



Trailing 30-25 midway through the second quarter, the Grizzlies scored 13 unanswered points to take a 38-30 lead with 1:57 left in the half. Gay scored six straight points in the span.



Memphis led 44-34 at the half. Conley scored 10 points in the half and Gasol had nine. Boozer and Joakim Noah led the Bulls with 10 points apiece. Chicago was just 5-for-18 shooting in the second quarter and committed six turnovers.



After Boozer’s basket opened up the third quarter, Allen capped off an 8-0 run with a dunk to extend the lead to 52-36. Gay’s jumper gave Memphis a 54-37 lead, its largest of the game.



Randolph, who missed Friday’s win over Sacramento with a sore back, played 41 minutes.



Deng, averaging a team-high 17.4 points, tried to play through a sore right hamstring in Friday’s overtime win at Boston but scored a season-low three points on 1-of-6 shooting before aggravating the injury and exiting late in the third quarter.



Warriors 116, Hornets 112

NEW ORLEANS — Klay Thompson had a season-high 29 points, Jarrett Jack scored seven of his 25 in the final minute and the Golden State Warriors beat the New Orleans Hornets.



The Warriors trailed 110-108 in a topsy-turvy game when Jack hit two free throws with 52 seconds left to tie the score. He converted a tough floater to give Golden State a 112-110 lead, and he finished off the Hornets with three free throws.



Thompson scored 24 in the first half as the Warriors led by as much as 16. Jack, who played for the Hornets last season, added 12 assists. Stephen Curry, returning after missing two games with a right ankle sprain, had 17 of his 20 points in the second half.



New Orleans struggled on its final possessions. Eric Gordon missed an open shot that would have broken a 110-all tie. Jason Smith was called for an illegal screen when they trailed 112-110. Greivis Vasquez missed a 3-point shot that would have tied the score at 113.



Gordon scored 23 points for the Hornets, who lost despite shooting a season-high 57 percent. Rookie Anthony Davis added 20 points and 12 rebounds.



The Warriors, who had lost five of six after a 22-10 start, won despite the absence of center David Lee, who missed his first game of the season after spraining his left ankle on Friday against San Antonio. The Hornets lost for only the second time in eight games after a 7-25 start.



Kings 97, Bobcats 93

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Marcus Thornton scored 18 points off the bench, Tyreke Evans came up big down the stretch, and the Sacramento Kings held on to beat the Charlotte Bobcats for their third win in four games.



After scoring just 69 points in a 16-point loss to Memphis a night earlier, the Kings made sure there would be not be another offensive letdown.



They led most of the way but needed a late burst from Evans, who scored six of the team’s last nine points in the final four minutes.



Evans finished with 16 points. DeMarcus Cousins added 17 points and 10 rebounds, and James Johnson chipped in with nine points and nine rebounds for the Kings (16-25).



Kemba Walker had a chance to tie the game but shot an airball on a 3-point attempt with 3 seconds left as Charlotte lost its 14th straight game at home. Walker had 14 points and 10 assists.



Ramon Sessions scored 16 points for Charlotte (10-30) while Gerald Henderson chipped in with 15.



The Kings led most of the game and took a 78-76 lead into the fourth quarter.



After being on the verge of taking the lead most of the quarter, the Bobcats finally jumped ahead with 3:35 left on a transition layup by Henderson off a nice feed from Walker.



The Bobcats had a chance to push the lead to four but were called for a shot clock violation at the worst time possible.



Evans tied the game with a pair of free throws on the other end.



Both teams went more than two minutes during an ugly stretch of turnover-filled basketball before Evans took advantage of Hakim Warrick’s turnover and scored an easy layup on a fast break for a 92-90 lead with 1:19 left in the game to put the Kings ahead for good.



After Warrick missed a turnaround layup, Evans scored again inside on a spin move to make it 94-90.



A three-point play by Sessions cut the Sacramento lead to one with 40 seconds left, but Isaiah Thomas pushed the lead 96-93 with a pair of free throws with 18.4 seconds left.



The Bobcats set up for a 3-point shot, but Walker missed everything on a play that never developed. Thomas put the game away by making the second of his two free throws with 2.4 seconds left.



The Bobcats came in having finally earned their 10th win over the season — three more than last season — on Friday night at Orlando. But the Kings used a 10-2 start to start to build a 51-46 at halftime lead behind Thornton’s 12 points off the bench.



Spurs 98, Hawks 93

ATLANTA — Tony Parker had 23 points and 12 assists, and the San Antonio Spurs held off the short-handed Atlanta Hawks for their fourth straight victory.



Matt Bonner added 17 points, and Kawhi Leonard and Tiago Splitter each had 14 for the Spurs.



The Hawks announced about 90 minutes before the game that guard Lou Williams faces season-ending surgery for a torn ACL in his right knee. Williams was hurt Friday at Brooklyn and the tear was found when Williams was examined on Saturday by Dr. Michael Bernot in Atlanta.



Then the Hawks lost guard Devin Harris to a sprained left ankle in the third quarter.



Josh Smith led the Hawks with 21 points. Kyle Korver, who started at shooting guard, had 19 points.



Spurs forward Tim Duncan was not in uniform as he was given the night off by coach Gregg Popovich.



The Spurs led by 12 in the first half but Atlanta kept the game close in the final two periods. A basket by Hawks rookie John Jenkins tied the game at 72-all early in the final period, but Bonner’s basket gave San Antonio the lead for good.



Jenkins made two free throws with 22 seconds remaining to cut the Spurs’ lead to 94-91, but San Antonio beat the Hawks’ full-court press for an easy basket by Splitter.



Hawks coach Larry Drew called Williams’ injury “devastating.” Williams was third on the team with his average of 14.1 points.



Even though Williams usually came off the bench, his injury affected Drew’s starting lineup. Korver started instead of Harris because Drew said he wasn’t comfortable having both his healthy point guards — Harris and Teague — in the lineup.



Harris was helped off the court and immediately taken to the locker room early in the third period after he turned his left ankle. The Hawks listed Harris as questionable to return, but he didn’t make it back to the bench after having the ankle taped.



Al Horford had nine points and 15 rebounds for Atlanta after missing Friday’s loss with a sore left hamstring.



Bonner made all of his three 3-point attempts in the first half as the Spurs led 52-42 at the break. Korver had three 3-pointers in the half for Atlanta.



The Hawks had a strong start to the second half and took a 61-60 lead after Smith drove past Boris Diaw on the baseline. Diaw answered with a basket to start an 8-0 run for the Spurs, who led 72-70 entering the final period.