Grizzlies add Green in three-team trade

– The Grizzlies hope Jeff Green can boost their offense and give them an edge in the tight Western Conference race after acquiring the forward from Boston in a three-team trade Monday.

The Grizzlies sent forward Tayshaun Prince to Boston and forward Quincy Pondexter to New Orleans. The Grizzlies also received point guard Russ Smith, a 2014 second-round pick, from New Orleans, and a traded player exception. The Pelicans sent Austin Rivers, the 10th overall pick in 2012, to Boston in the deal.

The 6-9 Green averaged a career-high 17.6 points with 4.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 33 starts this year.

HIGHLIGHTS

•KG, NETS EJECTED: James Harden scored 30 points, carrying Houston on a night when Dwight Howard did little after fighting with Kevin Garnett, and the Rockets beat the Nets 113-99. Garnett was ejected in the first quarter after head-butting Howard in the face and throwing the ball at him, while Howard received a technical foul after appearing to punch or slap Garnett in the neck. Howard had a quiet night otherwise, finishing with eight points and five rebounds.

•PISTONS PUMPING: Brandon Jennings had 34 points and 10 assists and Greg Monroe had 22 points and 10 rebounds as Detroit won for the ninth time in 10 games, beating Toronto 114-111.

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