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Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009

Gay's career-high 41 helps Grizzlies cool Heat

MIAMI (AP) Rudy Gay won't forget this one. Neither will the Miami Heat.

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Best view in the house: Clippers center Chris Kaman (bottom) puts up a shot as Spurs forward Antonio McDyess defends during their game on Sunday in Los Angeles. AP PHOTO

Gay scored a career-high 41 points, Marc Gasol made all seven of his shots on the way to a 16-point, 15-rebound effort, and the Memphis Grizzlies got their biggest road win in more than two years by topping the suddenly struggling Heat 118-90 on Sunday night.

"I just wanted to make my presence known," Gay said.

Mission accomplished.

Gay made 15 of 28 shots, topping his previous career best by five points, and became just the fourth player since January 2007 to score at least 40 against Miami in a regular-season game. Jamal Crawford (40) did it on Dec. 1, 2008, and LeBron James (42) and Ben Gordon (43) accomplished the feat last March.

"It's anger, it's disappointment, and embarrassment," said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, who held a long postgame meeting with his team, as some players vented to one another and Dwyane Wade sat back and listened, taking it all in without a word. "These are some of the best opportunities to grow as a team, when you get embarrassed and you get your tail handed to you."

Cavaliers 102, Thunder 89

In Oklahoma City, LeBron James scored a season-high 44 points and Mo Williams hit a backbreaking halfcourt shot in the fourth quarter to help the Cavaliers close out a win against the Thunder.

Williams finished with 22 points, half of them coming in the fourth quarter.

Hawks 130, Nets 107

In Atlanta, Maurice Evans scored 22 points, and Joe Johnson added 21 points and 10 assists to help the Hawks win their fourth straight.

Devin Harris, who started despite a sprained left pinky finger, scored 23 points for the Nets, who allowed a season high in points in their third consecutive loss — dropping the NBA's worst record to 2-22.

Raptors 101, Rockets 88

In Toronto, Chris Bosh led Toronto with 27 points, Hedo Turkoglu had a season-high 23, and Jarrett Jack added 17 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.

Carl Landry scored 25 points for Houston, and Luis Scola had 21 points and 15 rebounds.

Spurs 115, Clippers 90

In Los Angeles, Tim Duncan scored 21 points before sitting out the fourth quarter, leading San Antonio to the victory.

Duncan departed with 1:48 left in the third quarter after he was accidentally elbowed on the right side of the head by teammate Matt Bonner.

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