Grizzlies 110, Celtics 106
Memphis needed almost all of a 21-point fourth-quarter lead to survive a late push by Boston's reserves.
Jerryd Bayless scored a season-high 30 points and the Grizzlies weathered the rally to escape with a win over the Celtics on Saturday night.
"I was just able to make a couple of shots in the beginning and got it going," said Bayless, who had 20 points in the first half. "Mike (Conley) was looking for me, (Zach Randolph) was looking for me. A lot of guys got me some good shots, and I was able to knock them down."
Bayless led seven Memphis players in double figures and three recorded double-doubles. Darrell Arthur, starting for Randolph, scored 18 points, while Randolph had 15 points and 11 rebounds off the bench. Tayshaun Prince and Mike Conley had 12 points apiece, Conley adding 10 assists, Ed Davis scored 11 points, and Tony Allen added 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Conley also had four steals, while Davis blocked five shots, matching his career high.
Paul Pierce led Boston with 26 points, while Jordan Crawford keyed a fourth-quarter rally, scoring 14 of his 21 points in the final frame. Jeff Green finished with 12 points, and Jason Terry had 10, as the Celtics lost their fourth straight.
"I think guys just didn't want to quit," Crawford said. "It was an opportunity for guys to play and try to make a run to win the game. Everybody stepped up when other guys were down."
Both teams were without key players. Kevin Garnett and Courtney Lee sat out for Boston with left ankle sprains. Memphis center Marc Gasol is out indefinitely because of an abdominal tear.
"Obviously, we don't have any room for errors, especially when you have two starters out," Pierce said. "So we have to do a better job with turnovers. We have to rebound better."
The Celtics ended the night with 15 turnovers, leading to 21 Memphis points. Boston also was outrebounded, 44-37.
Randolph didn't start for disciplinary reasons, after arriving late for Saturday's shootaround.
Memphis led 98-77 with 7:16 to play after a 3-point play by Conley. Pierce had gone to the bench with his fifth foul, and Boston coach Doc Rivers had the reserves in, seemingly to play out the final minutes.
But the second-stringers began a push that pulled Boston within 104-102 after two free throws by Crawford with 18.9 seconds left.
The Celtics never got closer as Memphis converted all six of its free throws in the final 18.5 seconds.
"They were great," Rivers said of the bench. "We basically told them to go in and try to cause havoc, and they did that. I though Jordan was fantastic with his offense and with his passing."
Knicks 110, Raptors 84
Jason Kidd lofted a perfect lob, and just like so many times before, Kenyon Martin went up high to slam it down.
Even at 40, Kidd is still playing one of the NBA's most demanding positions. And Martin, after sitting at home most of the season, is back to playing above the rim at a time when so many Knicks big men are sitting down.
Carmelo Anthony scored 28 points, Martin had another big game against Toronto, and New York finished off a home-and-home sweep of the Raptors.
J.R. Smith added 25 points for the Knicks, who beat the Raptors for the second straight night and won their fourth consecutive game. Martin had 18 points and seven rebounds a night after he had 19 points and 11 rebounds in the Knicks' victory in Toronto that clinched a playoff berth.
"He's doing a little bit of everything for us. Major plus for our ballclub, I tell you that," coach Mike Woodson said.
DeMar DeRozan scored 17 points for the Raptors, who played without leading scorer Rudy Gay because of a bad back and lost their fourth straight.
"The turnovers was probably the No. 1 aspect of the game the hurt us. Had 18 with 25 points. That was the most disappointing, the type of turnovers that we had," Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. "Couldn't get Carmelo under control. They're one of the most lethal 3-point shooting teams. They were getting their rhythm back, so that caused a problem. I thought the fight was there."
Kidd had three points, three rebounds and two assists on his 40th birthday. He sees nothing extraordinary about what he's doing, seeming far more interested in watching California, his college team, play than talking about his own game.
"My job is to find the open guys and when I have the opportunity to take a wide-open 3, take it," Kidd said. "But the game was pretty much under control, so there was no need to look to score, but just to play defense and make sure nobody got hurt."
Knicks rookie Chris Copeland led a rendition of "Happy Birthday" before the game for Kidd, but the night belonged to Martin, Kidd's teammate in New Jersey long ago who has helped the Knicks overcome a number of injuries in their frontcourt.
He hadn't even played in the NBA this season until the Knicks signed him late last month, but has stepped into the starting lineup as an undersized center with Tyson Chandler out and shot 7 of 11.
Clippers 101, Nets 95
Chris Paul scored 17 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter after banging his left knee early in the game and Los Angeles held off Brooklyn in a matchup of playoff-bound teams.
Paul made 12 of 13 free throws and had 11 assists, Willie Green added 15 points, DeAndre Jordan had 13 points and 12 rebounds, and Blake Griffin scored 11 points for the Clippers, who improved to 28-8 at home and won their second in a row.
It was their franchise-record 10th consecutive victory against an Eastern Conference team.
The Nets were led by Brook Lopez and Deron Williams with 18 points each. Gerald Wallace and Joe Johnson added 15 points each and ex-Clipper Reggie Evans had 16 rebounds.
Nuggets 101, Kings 95
Danilo Gallinari scored 19 points to lead a balanced attack and Denver extended its winning streak to 15 games.
Kenneth Faried had 17 points and nine rebounds for the Nuggets, who had all five starters in double figures in winning a franchise-best 17th straight game at home.
And they did it while Ty Lawson (right heel) and Wilson Chandler (shoulder), two of their top players, were out with injuries.
It took until the final minutes to hold off the Kings, who got 24 points and 15 rebounds from DeMarcus Cousins.
John Salmons, who finished with 18 points, hit a 3-pointer with 16 seconds left to get the Kings within four points, but Andre Miller sank two foul shots to seal the win.
Bulls 87, Pacers 84
Luol Deng scored 20 points, Carlos Boozer had 18 and Chicago overcame the absence of starting center Joakim Noah to beat Indiana.
Deng had 13 points at halftime, but Chicago's reserves sparked the Bulls' second-half rally, outscoring Indiana's reserves 32-15. Taj Gibson scored 11, and Daequan Cook and Nate Robinson had nine apiece.
The Bulls went on a 13-5 run starting the fourth quarter to take an 81-72 lead. A four-point play by George Hill brought Indiana within 87-84 in the final minute. After a missed driving shot by Chicago's Kirk Hinrich with 16 seconds left, the Pacers had a chance to tie, but Paul George had two 3-point tries go off the rim in the final 10 seconds, including one at the final buzzer.
George led the Pacers with 23 points.
Pistons 92, Bobcats 91
Charlie Villanueva scored 14 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter, including a go-ahead driving layup with 15 seconds left, and Detroit beat Charlotte to snap a 10-game losing streak.
Villanueva hit three 3-pointers in the final period to help the Pistons avoid their longest losing streak since 2010.
Jason Maxiell added 14 points and Rodney Stuckey had 13 points and eight assists off the bench for the Pistons.
Kemba Walker had 25 points and Bismack Biyombo had 12 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Bobcats, who had their two-game winning streak snapped.
The NBA-worst Bobcats had the ball and a chance to win the game with 14 seconds left, but Walker missed an off-balanced leaner in the lane and Josh McRoberts' reverse layup after an offensive rebound didn't fall as time expired.
Warriors 101, Wizards 92
Stephen Curry scored 35 points before injuring his ankle late in Golden State’s win.
Curry and backcourt mate Klay Thompson hit 14 of their 22 combined shots in the first half and totaled 53 points in the first game of a five-game homestand.
Curry left with 6:03 left in the game after turning his right ankle after being fouled hard by Cartier Martin while driving to the hoop. Curry’s right ankle has given him problems in the past.
Cartier Martin led Washington with a career-high 23 points.
Sacramento announces preliminary arena deal
Sacramento city officials reached a preliminary agreement Saturday night for a new downtown arena with an investment group that hopes to keep the Kings from moving to Seattle.
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson first announced the deal on his Twitter account. A few hours later, the city released the details of the non-binding term sheet.
The group includes Silicon Valley software tycoon Vivek Ranadive, 24 Hour Fitness founder Mark Mastrov and billionaire Ron Burkle. The City Council is planning to vote on the agreement Tuesday.
"Once again, we're proving the strength of our market — both as host to an NBA team, but as an emerging region with global potential," Johnson said.
The city of Sacramento plans to contribute $258 million to the $447 million project, mostly by leasing out parking garages and land. The other $189 million will come from the investment group.
Johnson said the deal will avoid new taxes and ensure a net impact to the city's general fund.
"This is a monumental project that will redefine the Downtown Plaza and revitalize our urban core," City Manager John Shirey said in a statement. "This project is about providing a regional attraction and creating economic development opportunities that will retain and create thousands of jobs, bring people downtown, increase property and sales tax — all of which will contribute to our city's vitality."
Sacramento is hoping to block a bid by group that has a pending purchase agreement to buy the Kings from the Maloof family, move the team to Seattle and restore the SuperSonics name. That group, led by hedge-fund manager Chris Hansen and Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer, has had a deal to acquire a 65 percent stake in the team for $341 million since January.
The NBA Board of Governors is expected to make a decision by mid-April. If league blocks the Seattle deal, the Maloofs would still have to agree to sell to any other group.
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