Memphis extends its win streak

TERESA M. WALKER AP Sports Writer Published:

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The Miami Heat focused on shutting down Memphis' inside scoring duo of Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol. Grizzlies reserve guard Wayne Ellington made them pay dearly for it.

Ellington had career bests with seven 3-pointers and 25 points, leading the Grizzlies over the Heat 104-86 on Sunday for their fifth straight win and the best start in franchise history.

"I don't think Ellington will be able to sneak in the back door anymore," Miami center Chris Bosh said. "I didn't know he could shoot the ball like that. We know now."

The Grizzlies (5-1) snapped Miami's four-game winning streak while topping the 4-1 start in 2000-01 in this franchise's last season in Vancouver. They also extended their own team-record home winning streak to 14 dating to last season.

Rudy Gay added 21 points and Zach Randolph had his sixth double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds for Memphis. Mike Conley had 18 points and nine assists, while Marc Gasol added 10 rebounds and six assists.

"We played outstanding basketball," Memphis coach Lionel Hollins said.

Bosh scored 22 points and LeBron James had 20 for Miami. Dwyane Wade came in averaging 20.4 points but was held to eight in his first game back after missing Friday night's win at Atlanta with a cold. Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said they expected teams to be coming after the Heat on this six-game road trip.

"There were critical places in where the game turned like sloppy turnovers, missed shots or big baskets that couldn't get us over that hump," Spoelstra said. "They played very well. They played physical, and they did what they needed to do to bring it home."

Memphis never trailed and the Heat managed to tie it only twice, the last at 14-all.

The Grizzlies had the biggest edge in this game beyond the arc, where they went 14 of 24 (58.3 percent), and at one point were shooting a better percentage from outside the arc than the Heat shot at the free throw line. Miami came in as the league's second-best team at the line, averaging 82.9 percent, but finished 22 of 36 (61.1 percent).

James said their game plan was protecting the paint.

"They are close to last in 3-pointers made and 3-pointers attempted per game," James said. "We paid for it today. They shot the ball extremely well."

There was a time when the Heat came to town with enough fans in the stands to make the visit to Memphis feel almost like a home away from home. Not anymore as even Shane Battier, beloved for his time in Memphis, was booed during introductions with fans cheering as his first 3-point attempt went in and out.

Lakers 103, Kings 90

LOS ANGELES -- Dwight Howard had 23 points and 18 rebounds, Kobe Bryant scored 20 and Los Angeles rolled to a win over Sacramento.

Lame-duck interim coach Bernie Bickerstaff called the shots for the second straight game following the firing of Mike Brown on Friday with the team off to a 1-4 start -- their worst in 19 years. They throttled Golden State 101-77 at Staples Center several hours after the change.

Jimmer Fredette scored 18, and Jason Thompson had 15 points and 10 assists for the Kings.

Thunder 106, Cavaliers 91

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Russell Westbrook banked in a half-court shot during a rough-and-tumble 27-point outing and Kevin Durant added 26 points to lead Oklahoma City over Cleveland.

Kyrie Irving led the Cavs with 20 points, Alonzo Gee had 18 points and Daniel Gibson.

Irving hit back-to-back 3-pointers after Oklahoma City had taken a 63-50 lead midway through the third quarter and his driving layups on consecutive possessions got Cleveland within 67-65 with 3:42 to go in the period.

The Thunder never relinquished the lead, though, with Kendrick Perkins scoring inside on a basket interference call before Durant's two-handed slam. Then Westbrook took over.

Nets 82, Magic 74

NEW YORK -- Brook Lopez scored 20 points, Kris Humphries added 14 points and 21 rebounds, and Brooklyn beat Orlando to complete a home-and-home sweep.

Deron Williams finished with 17 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and a couple key plays down the stretch after what appeared to be another blowout turned into a close game. The Nets beat the Magic 107-68 at Orlando on Friday and jumped out to an early 20-point lead in this one. But after losing a 22-point lead at home against Minnesota on Monday, Brooklyn almost coughed up another huge cushion, letting Orlando get within five in the final 2 minutes.

Glen Davis had 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Magic, who have dropped four in a row.

Clippers 89, Hawks 76

LOS ANGELES -- Blake Griffin scored 16 points, and Chris Paul had 15 points and eight assists to lead Los Angeles to a win over Atlanta.

Jamal Crawford had 11 points after coming in with a team-high 21.8 average -- tops among the league's reserves. Fifth-year center DeAndre Jordan, coming off the first back-to-back 20-point games of his NBA career, finished with eight points.

Josh Smith had a team-high 13 points for the Hawks, who shot 41.7 percent from the field in the opener of a four-game road trip. Atlanta also committed 22 turnovers that led to 24 points for the Clippers.

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