Mike Conley scored 20 points and the visiting Memphis Grizzlies beat the Charlotte Bobcats, 94-87, on Saturday night for their eighth consecutive victory.
Zach Randolph added 18 points and 12 rebounds, and three other players scored in double figures for the Grizzlies, who own the NBA’s best record at 8-1. Rudy Gay had 16 points and Marc Gasol and Tony Allen scored 12 apiece.
Memphis led by as many as 17 points in the fourth.
Byron Mullens scored 18 points and Kemba Walker added 17 for the Bobcats, who cut the Grizzlies’ lead to 5 points three times in the fourth quarter, the last at 92-87 on Bismack Biyombo’s dunk with 13 seconds left.
Charlotte had won three straight.
Clippers 101, Bulls 80 — Blake Griffin scored 12 of his 26 points in the final six minutes, and grabbed 10 rebounds, helping the Clippers rout Chicago in Los Angeles for their fifth straight victory.
Reserve Jamal Crawford scored 17 of his 22 points in the second quarter for the Clippers, who lead the Pacific Division at 7-2. It’s their best record after nine games since 2005-06, when they won nine of their first 11, finished 47-35, and came within one victory of the Western finals.
The Bulls got 22 points and 12 rebounds from Carlos Boozer. Luol Deng and Richard Hamilton each added 14 points.
Joakim Noah, who has been urged by Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau to take more shots, was 0 for 6 from the field and finished with 4 points.
Heat 97, Suns 88 — Chris Bosh scored 24 points on 9-of-11 shooting, ailing LeBron James added 21, and Miami closed a six-game trip with a victory over Phoenix.
The Heat, playing without Dwyane Wade for the second game in a row because of a left foot injury, led by as many as 15 in the third quarter and were up by 9 with 5½ minutes to play. The Suns cut it to 2 before Miami scored the game’s final 7 points.
James, who missed the morning shootaround with flu-like symptoms, made only 8 of 20 shots but still reached 20 points for the 11th time in 11 games this season.
Spurs 126, Nuggets 100 — Manu Ginobili had 20 points and San Antonio set a season high for points in beating visiting Denver.
DeJuan Blair added 19 points and Danny Green had 15 for San Antonio (8-2).
Danilo Gallinari scored 15 points and Kenneth Faried had 14 for Denver (4-6), which has lost three straight for the second time this season.
Mavericks 103, Cavaliers 95 — O.J. Mayo scored 19 points and visiting Dallas used a pair of 9-0 runs in the fourth quarter to defeat Cleveland.
Chris Kaman scored 15 points, and Vince Carter and Darren Collison added 14 apiece for Dallas, which won on the road for the second time in six games.
Kyrie Irving, who left briefly in the third quarter with a finger injury, led Cleveland with 26 points, but the Cavaliers lost their fifth straight.
Bucks 117, Hornets 113 — Monta Ellis scored 6 of his 22 points in the final two minutes to help host Milwaukee hold off New Orleans.
Brandon Jennings also had 22 points, and Mike Dunleavy added 17 for Milwaukee, 6-2 in its best start since opening 9-1 in 2001-02.
Top overall draft pick Anthony Davis had a season-high 28 points and tied his season high with 11 rebounds for New Orleans.
Jazz 83, Wizards 76 — Al Jefferson scored 21 points, Gordon Hayward added 15 in his first game as a reserve this season, and Utah kept host Washington winless.
The Jazz committed 19 turnovers but pulled away in the fourth while closing a four-game road trip. Washington became only the second team in NBA history to start 0-8 in back-to-back seasons.