Guards take charge as Blazers sink Grizzlies
MEMPHIS – Damian Lillard scored 33 points, C.J. McCollum had six of his 21 points in overtime as the Portland Trail Blazers topped the Memphis Grizzlies 112-106 on Monday night.
McCollum scored the first three baskets of the overtime.
Mike Conley scored 27 for Memphis, which lost its second straight overtime game. Marc Gasol scored 11 before leaving in the first quarter with a right foot injury. He did not return.
The teams were tied at 10-102 at the end of regulation after Allen Crabbe was credited with a tip-in for Portland as the horn sounded — a shot actually tipped in by Memphis' Jeff Green.
• KNOCKOUT SHOTS: Kevin Durant scored 25 of his 32 points in the second half, and the Thunder pulled away in the final four minutes to hand the host Suns their eighth consecutive loss, 122-106. Durant sank two three-pointers in a 16-4 run to finish the game.
• STRONG RESPONDERS: The Raptors went on an 11-2 run at the start of the fourth quarter to pull away for a 103-89 victory over the host Pistons. The burst came after Andre Drummond made a shot from about 80 feet to end the third quarter.
• A MINUTE TO WIN IT: Paul George scored all seven of his second-half points in the final 71 seconds and Monta Ellis made two free throws with 20.6 seconds left to seal an 89-87 Pacers victory over the visiting Lakers.
• BROOKLYN BUZZER-BEATER: Joe Johnson's three-pointer at the buzzer lifted the host Nets to a 105-104 victory over the Nuggets. Thaddeus Young scored 20 points. Kenneth Faried's runner with 0.9 seconds left had given Denver a 104-102 lead. Faried had 24 points and 13 rebounds.
• MAGIC MOMENTS: Nikola Vucevic scored 25 of his 28 points after halftime, and Orlando rallied from 20 points down to beat the host Hawks 117-110 in overtime, its second victory over the Hawks in two nights.
• FIGHTING BACK: J.J. Redick had 23 points, including the tying three-pointer late in regulation, leading the Clippers to a 98-92 overtime victory at Philadelphia. The Clippers overcame their largest deficit — 19 points — in a victory this season.
• BIG TWO: LeBron James recorded his 40th career triple-double while Kyrie Irving matched his season high with 32 points as the host Cavaliers routed the Kings 120-100. Kevin Love returned after missing a game due to a bruised thigh.
• BUZZ SAW: Kemba Walker scored 30 points, and the Charlotte Hornets led from the start and beat the Bulls for the third consecutive time at home, 108-91. Pau Gasol had 22 points and 10 rebounds for Chicago.