NBA: Memphis edges Hornets

2012-12-08T11:00:00Z NBA: Memphis edges HornetsThe Associated Press The Associated Press
December 08, 2012 11:00 am  • 

NEW ORLEANS — Rudy Gay tied a season high with 28 points and the Memphis Grizzlies maintained their NBA-best winning percentage with their second-straight victory, 96-89 over the struggling New Orleans Hornets on Friday night.

New Orleans put up resistance, though, despite losing for the 11th time in 13 games, and Memphis needed Gay’s 3 with 2:10 left to get some breathing room.

Former Hornets first-round draft choice Quincy Pondexter tied a season high with 16 points for the Grizzlies, who improved to 14-3 (.823).

Ryan Anderson, Austin Rivers and Brian Roberts each scored 15 points for the Hornets.

76ers 95, Celtics 94, OT:  Evan Turner had 26 points and 10 rebounds and Thaddeus Young added 17 points and 12 rebounds to lead Philadelphia past Boston in overtime.

Rajon Rondo had 16 points, 14 assists and a season-high 13 rebounds for the Celtics.

Thunder 114, Lakers 108: Kevin Durant had 36 points, Russell Westbrook scored 27 of his 33 in the first half to stake Oklahoma City to a commanding lead in a win over short-handed Los Angeles.

NBA scoring leader Kobe Bryant had 35 points to lead the Lakers, who trailed by 19 before rallying to get within four in the final minute.

Nuggets 92, Pacers 89: Andre Miller scored eight of his 15 points during a late 10-0 spurt, sending Denver Nuggets to a win over Indiana.

Indiana (10-10) had a chance to force overtime, but George Hill’s 3 bounced off the rim. Paul George led the Pacers with 22 points.

Bulls 108, Pistons 104: Joakim Noah had career highs of 30 points and 23 rebounds, to help Chicago beat Detroit for the 16th straight time.

Rodney Stuckey led Detroit with 24 points and Brandon Knight added 21.

Spurs 114, Rockets 92:  Tony Parker had 17 points and seven assists, and San Antonio never trailed in a win over Houston.

James Harden had 29 points to lead Houston.

Warriors 109, Nets 102: David Lee had 30 points and 15 rebounds and Golden State gave coach Mark Jackson a winning return to Brooklyn.

Golden State improved to 2-0 on its season-high, seven-game road trip against Eastern Conference opponents, a game played not far from where Jackson became a New York City star.

Joe Johnson scored a season-high 32 points for the Nets

Timberwolves 91, Cavaliers 73: Kevin Love had 36 points and 13 rebounds to lead Minnesota past Cleveland.

Alonzo Gee scored 16 points and Anderson Varejao grabbed 14 rebounds for the Cavaliers.

Hawks 104, Wizards 95: Josh Smith had 23 points and 15 rebounds as  Atlanta beat Washington.

Kevin Seraphin had 19 points for the Wizards.

Bucks 108, Bobcats 93:  Ersan Ilyasova scored a season-high 21 points as Milwaukee took command early. Gerald Henderson led the Bobcats with 19 points.

Jazz 131, Raptors 99: Paul Millsap scored 20 points, Enes Kanter had 18 in his first career start and Utah hit 13 3-pointers.

Andrea Bargnani led Toronto with 20 points and eight rebounds.

Kings 91, Magic 82: DeMarcus Cousins had 17 points and 14 rebounds and reserve guard Isaiah Thomas also scored 17 to lead Sacramento.

Glen Davis had 20 points and 11 rebounds for Orlando, but fouled out in the final 36 seconds.

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