Darrell Arthur scored 20 points and Mike Conley added 19 as the Grizzlies beat Los Angeles, 106-93, Wednesday night in Memphis, handing the Lakers’ their fourth straight loss and 10th in 12 games.
Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni had talked before the game about having an All-Star team with players not having learned their pecking order.
Los Angeles lost its seventh consecutive road game, and center Dwight Howard missed the second half after aggravating his sore shoulder in the first half.
Rudy Gay, Zach Randolph, and Tony Allen added 12 points apiece as Memphis improved to 12-0 when scoring at least 100 points. Randolph also grabbed 10 rebounds.
The Grizzlies had a 60-34 edge in the paint with Howard out the second half. Kobe Bryant scored 29 points for the Lakers, Metta World Peace added 15, Pau Gasol 13, and Earl Clark 11.
The Grizzlies had a short bench after trading three players to the Cavaliers on Tuesday, only getting Jon Leuer back in a move freeing up Memphis from the luxury tax.
But the paperwork hadn’t cleared on the physicals of the trio going to Cleveland in time to have him available against the Lakers.
Then Marc Gasol, Randolph, Hamed Haddadi and Bayless all picked up two fouls each in the first quarter. That forced coach Lionel Hollins to rotate his Grizzlies to keep them fresh, and rookie Tony Wroten, who has gotten most of his playing time in the D-League in Reno this season, had a career-best 9 points by halftime.
Warriors 104, Thunder 99 — Stephen Curry had 31 points and seven assists, David Lee finished with 22 points and 12 rebounds, and host Golden State outlasted Oklahoma City.
Curry matched Kevin Durant’s spectacular scores all game, stole a pass from the Thunder’s leading man in the final seconds, and hit a pair of free throws to seal Golden State’s third straight victory. Lee helped the Warriors outrebound Oklahoma City’s lengthy frontline, 40-39, and made some big plays late.
Durant had 33 points, 9 assists, and 5 rebounds, and Kevin Martin scored 16 points for the Thunder.
Suns 106, Kings 96 — Luis Scola scored 21 points and visiting Phoenix beat Sacramento to win its first game under new coach Lindsey Hunter.
Michael Beasley had 13 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter, when the Suns outscored Sacramento, 32-19.
Heat 123, Raptors 116 — Dwyane Wade scored 35 points, LeBron James got his 34th career triple-double, and host Miami rallied from a 15-point deficit to beat Toronto in overtime.
James finished with 31 points, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds for Miami.
Wade added seven assists, including the one that set up Ray Allen for the 3-pointer that clinched the win with 59.3 seconds left in overtime.
Spurs 106, Hornets 102 — Tony Parker had 24 points and 13 assists, and San Antonio rallied past New Orleans for its 15th straight home victory, overcoming the absence of Tim Duncan (sore left knee) coach Gregg Popovich (undisclosed illness), and Kawhi Leonard (left patella bruise) .
Jazz 92, Wizards 88 — Paul Millsap had 16 points and 15 rebounds to help Utah hold off Washington in Salt Lake City.
Nets 91, Timberwolves 83 — Brook Lopez strengthened his case for a spot on the All-Star team with 22 points on 10-for-16 shooting, helping Brooklyn hold off Minnesota in Minneapolis.
Hawks 104, Bobcats 102 — Josh Smith had 30 points and 13 rebounds, and Atlanta snapped a six-game road losing streak and sent Charlotte to its 16th straight home loss.
Nuggets 105, Rockets 95 — Ty Lawson scored 21 points, Wilson Chandler had 20, and visiting Denver pulled away in the third quarter against mistake-prone Houston.
Bulls 85, Pistons 82 — Nate Robinson had 11 points and seven assists in 21 minutes off the bench, leading a furious fourth-quarter comeback that carried host Chicago past Detroit.
Trail Blazers 100, Pacers 80 — LaMarcus Aldridge scored 27 points and host Portland beat Indiana to snap a six-game losing streak.