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Sunday, November 23
(All times Eastern)
LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS (7-4) AT MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES (11-2), 6 P.M.
(SportsNetwork.com) - Two of the NBA's best battle on Sunday evening at
FedExForum when the Los Angeles Clippers pay a visit to the team atop the
Western Conference standings, the Memphis Grizzlies.
The Grizzlies picked up their 11th win of the season on Friday night with a
117-100 home victory over the Boston Celtics. That victory came after their
second loss of the season when they couldn't overcome a stomach bug that left
nine healthy players in a road tilt against the Toronto Raptors.
The virus still left some Grizzlies unable to play against the Celtics. Tony
Allen and Quincy Pondexter missed the Boston game, but the Grizzlies never
trailed en route to their 21st straight victory at FedExForum in the regular
Marc Gasol led the way with 32 points, Zach Randolph donated 16 points and 16
rebounds, and Jon Leuer poured in 19 points off the bench in the victory.
Mike Conley totaled 15 points and eight assists for the Grizzlies, who won the
rebounding battle 50-38 and outscored the Celtics in the paint by a 66-38
Most of the sick were back in uniform Friday, but that doesn't mean the team
is out of the woods.
"We still don't know who is going to be ready for Sunday. We need some fluids
in these guys to get ready," Grizzlies head coach David Joerger said,
referring to the matchup against the Clippers.
The Grizzlies hit the road, starting Wednesday against the Los Angeles Lakers.
They'll visit the Portland Trail Blazers, Sacramento Kings and Houston Rockets
on the trek.
The Clippers are in the midst of a seven-game eastern trip and are 2-0 thus
far. LA beat the Orlando Magic by 24 on Wednesday, then squashed the Miami
Heat, 110-93, on Thursday.
Chris Paul and Blake Griffin each deposited 26 points to lead the Clippers
versus the four-time reigning Eastern Conference champions. Paul dished out 12
assists to just one turnover and Griffin pulled down seven rebounds with four
assists for the Clippers.
"I think we're doing what we're supposed to," said Paul. "The biggest thing
for us is defending. I'm forcing us to play a little bit faster."
JJ Redick scored 14 points on 4-of-8 shooting from 3-point range and DeAndre
Jordan registered 12 points and 11 rebounds in the win. Los Angeles hadn't won
in Miami since March 10, 2008, snapping a five-game skid.
Los Angeles shot a blistering 68 percent (17-of-25) from the floor over the
first 12 minutes -- including 62.5 percent (5-for-8) from deep -- and
committed just one turnover, taking a 39-15 lead into the second.
The Clippers shot 43-for-77 (55.8 percent) for the game and held Miami to 30-
of-67 (44.8 percent) shooting. LA had a 44-26 edge in the paint and
outrebounded the Heat 35-30.
The Clippers will play the Charlotte Hornets, Detroit Pistons, Houston Rockets
and Utah Jazz on their long trip.
The Grizzlies took two of three from the Clippers last season. These two teams
met in the first round of the playoffs in 2012 and 2013 with each team taking
The Clippers have won three of their last four regular-season trips to Beale
PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS (9-3) AT BOSTON CELTICS (4-7), 6 P.M.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Portland Trail Blazers, armed with a six-game
winning streak, hit the road, starting Sunday evening with a trip to TD Garden
to face the Boston Celtics.
The Blazers haven't lost since Nov. 8 in Los Angeles to the Clippers. During
their winning streak, the Blazers only won once on the road, a 17-point romp
Last time out, Portland cruised to a 105-87 drubbing of the Chicago Bulls, who
played without former MVP Derrick Rose, perennial All-Star Pau Gasol and Kirk
Hinrich, Rose's replacement in the starting lineup.
"Obviously Chicago didn't have three of their main guys, but I liked our
demeanor," Blazers coach Terry Stotts said.
Damian Lillard had 21 points and nine assists in three quarters of work.
LaMarcus Aldridge added 16 points and nine rebounds for the Blazers, while
Robin Lopez and Wesley Matthews both finished with 12. Chris Kaman chipped in
10 off the bench.
Nicolas Batum returned from a two-game absence and scored nine points.
The Blazers led by as many as 17 in the opening frame before the Bulls cut the
gap to 39-35 in the second. Portland later responded with an 18-2 run and were
never threatened again.
The Blazers held a 48-28 points in the paint advantage. Portland shot 49.4
percent (39-of-79) from the field and 9-of-16 from beyond the arc. The Blazers
held the Bulls to 36.1 percent (30-of-83) from the floor.
Portland will visit Philadelphia and Charlotte on the road trip.
The Celtics returned to the loss column on Friday after a win over the 76ers
on Wednesday ended a three-game skid.
Boston fell to the Memphis Grizzlies at FedExForum, 117-100.
Kelly Olynyk paced Boston with 18 points, while Jared Sullinger and Jeff Green
netted 13 and 12 points, respectively. Avery Bradley and Marcus Thornton
scored 11 each and Evan Turner chipped in 10 points.
The C's couldn't handle Marc Gasol on the interior. The Memphis center
finished with 32 points and eight rebounds.
"Gasol was huge," Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said. "He was the best
player on the floor. He kept making plays with the pass and the shot."
The Celtics have lost three straight in Boston and Sunday starts a three-game
homestand. This won't be an easy residency with the Bulls and defending
champion San Antonio Spurs in town after Portland.
The Blazers have won three straight versus the Celtics. Prior to this winning
streak, Boston was 13-1 versus the Blazers. Portland's win in Boston on Nov.
15 of last year snapped a nine-game road losing streak in this series.
CHARLOTTE HORNETS (4-9) AT MIAMI HEAT (7-6), 6 P.M.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Charlotte Hornets will try to stem a four-game
losing streak Sunday night when they visit the Miami Heat at American Airlines
The Hornets, who have lost six of their last seven, have found brilliant ways
to lose during this terrible run.
In Portland, on Nov. 11, the Hornets nearly won the game, but Gary Neal's
last-second layup came just a tick too late.
Against the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday, Solomon Hill tapped in the game-
winning bucket as time expired.
On Friday, the Hornets squandered a 23-point, second-half lead en route to a
105-100 home loss to the Orlando Magic.
Orlando was down 83-65 with under 11 minutes left, then outscored the Hornets
40-17 the rest of the way to send Charlotte to a second consecutive home
The Magic's Willie Green tipped in a missed free throw by Elfrid Payton with
57.2 seconds to go. Charlotte came up empty in two possessions then Orlando
sealed the win at the line.
"We couldn't get the one-on-one stops that we needed, and yet their two
biggest baskets came on offensive rebounds," Hornets coach Steve Clifford
lamented. "The free throw one (by Green) was inexcusable."
Al Jefferson racked up 24 points and 11 rebounds in the Hornets' latest
stinging setback. Neal finished with 17 points off the bench and Kemba Walker
grabbed a team-high 12 rebounds and dished out eight assists in addition to
recording 15 points.
Chris Bosh led a 3-point barrage and helped Miami continue its stranglehold
over Orlando on Saturday night.
Bosh nailed four from beyond the arc, finished with 32 points and 10 rebounds
and the Heat defeated the Magic, 99-92, in Orlando.
Miami finished 12-of-26 from downtown en route to its 10th straight win over
Orlando, which was just 3-of-16 from long distance.
"I wanted to keep switching it up and giving them different looks. I was able
to get some rhythm," Bosh said.
Mario Chalmers posted 24 points, eight assists and five rebounds for the Heat,
who had dropped four of their last five games coming in.
Dwyane Wade and Norris Cole both missed the game against the Magic.
The Hornets beat the Heat, 96-89, in Charlotte on Nov. 5. That victory ended a
16-game regular-season losing streak to the team that has dominated the
Miami hasn't lost at home to Charlotte since Jan. 2, 2010.
GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS (9-2) AT OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER (3-11), 7 P.M.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Golden State Warriors will take a four-game winning
streak into a five-game road trip, starting Sunday night at Chesapeake Energy
Arena against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Warriors defeated the Brooklyn Nets, Charlotte Hornets, Los Angeles Lakers
and Utah Jazz during this run. The Lakers' victory was on the road, where the
Warriors are 4-1 this season with wins over the Sacramento Kings, Portland
Trail Blazers and Houston Rockets.
On Friday, the Warriors squashed the Jazz, 101-88, at Oracle Arena.
Andre Iguodala scored 17 points and Harrison Barnes recorded a double-double
of 14 points and 11 rebounds to lead a balanced Warriors offensive attack.
"Andre was great ... We knew it was coming, Andre has dominated our scrimmages
from the beginning of training camp," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.
Even with Stephen Curry netting only eight points, the Warriors led by as many
as 30 in the wire-to-wire victory. Curry was more the facilitator than the
shot maker, doling out 10 assists for Golden State's offensive explosion.
Klay Thompson finished with 14 points, Andrew Bogut scored 12 and Draymond
Green filled the box score with 11 points, nine boards and five assists.
The Warriors led by 15 after one quarter, 22 at the half and 28 after three
quarters. Golden State dropped the final 12 minutes by 15 points, but, by that
point, the game was in hand.
The Warriors, who are 9-2 for the first time since the 1972-73 season, will
visit the Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, Hornets and Detroit Pistons on this
The Thunder dropped their fifth straight on Friday night thanks to a two-point
home loss to the Brooklyn Nets.
Reggie Jackson's last-second 3-pointer rimmed out, and the Nets survived with
a 94-92 win over the Thunder. It was Oklahoma City's third consecutive home
Brooklyn trailed by 10 late in the third quarter, but a 12-0 run that extended
into the fourth made it a 76-74 game. A 10-0 run later in the fourth gave the
Nets a seven-point lead, but Jackson and the Thunder mounted a final rally.
Jackson scored six of Oklahoma City's last nine points, with Anthony Morrow
supplying the other three on a triple with just under two minutes to play.
Jackson's layup with 5.5 seconds left made it 93-92, and Joe Johnson split a
pair of free throws at the other end.
Out of a timeout, Jackson isolated at the top of the key and pulled the
trigger, only to have his potential game-winner fall out. Kevin Garnett
secured the rebound, and the game.
"I thought he could have had an opportunity to drive, but he did get a good
look," OKC coach Scott Brooks said.
Jackson's 21 points and eight assists weren't enough for OKC. Serge Ibaka
registered a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Morrow
chipped in 11 and Steven Adams added 10.
The Thunder will host the Jazz and New York Knicks on this stay.
OKC took two of three against the Warriors last season and are 9-2 in their
last 11 against Golden State. The Thunder have won 10 straight at home versus
the Warriors, whose only victory in Oklahoma City came on Dec. 8, 2008, their
first trip to OKC.
DENVER NUGGETS (5-7) AT LOS ANGELES LAKERS (3-10), 9:30 P.M.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Denver Nuggets have won three straight and will try
to carry that momentum into Sunday night's tilt with the Los Angeles Lakers at
The Nuggets defeated LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on the road,
then knocked off the Oklahoma City Thunder and New Orleans Pelicans at the
On Friday, the Nuggets squashed the Pelicans, 117-97.
Kenneth Faried had 19 points and eight rebounds to lead the Nuggets. Arron
Afflalo netted 19 points, while Wilson Chandler added 18 points and five
boards for the Nuggets, who have won four out of their last five.
"We played hard. I think we're turning it around right now," Denver center
JaVale McGee said.
Danilo Gallinari enjoyed his best scoring game of the season with 17 points.
He missed all of last season with a knee injury and has had trouble getting
back into rhythm.
McGee added 14 and Ty Lawson contributed 11 points and nine assists.
The Nuggets won all four quarters and New Orleans never cut the deficit below
eight in the third. Denver headed into the fourth with a 86-73 margin and the
Nuggets led by as many as 25 in the final frame.
The Nuggets held Anthony Davis to 18 points and nine rebounds.
The Lakers had a two-game road winning streak halted Friday night thanks to a
140-106 drubbing at the hands of the Dallas Mavericks. It was a bad matchup
for LA. The Lakers are last in the NBA in opponents' scoring and Dallas leads
the league in scoring.
The Mavs put up their highest point total of the season on 51-of-82 (62.2
percent) shooting -- including a blistering 18-of-35 (51.4 percent) clip from
beyond the arc.
"Tonight is a setback, but sometimes you take a couple of steps forward before
taking a step back," said Kobe Bryant. "Sometimes you take a step back before
you can take a couple of steps forward. Tonight was a step back."
The Lakers shot a decent 44-for-85 (51.8 percent) from the floor, but they
were no match, with Jeremy Lin's 18 points leading the way. Bryant dropped in
17 points on 6-of-22 shooting.
Jordan Hill had a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Carlos Boozer
finished with 12 and Robert Sacre added 10 off the bench.
Wayne Ellington returned to the Lakers after missing six games to be with his
family following the murder of his father. He scored eight points in 12
The Nuggets have won six straight against the Lakers and the two teams have
split their last six regular-season meetings in Los Angeles.
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