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Monday, Nov. 8, 2010

Determined Grizzlies hold off sloppy Kings

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) A tough loss the previous night made the Memphis Grizzlies more determined to win Saturday.

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Attack mode: Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki drives on Nuggets forward Al Harrington in Saturday's game in Dallas. Denver defeated Dallas 103-92. AP PHOTO

Rudy Gay scored 32 points and Zach Randolph added 20 to help the Grizzlies beat the Sacramento Kings 100-91.

Mike Conley and O.J. Mayo each had 14 points for Memphis (3-4), which had lost three straight, including a 123-118 double-overtime defeat in Phoenix on Friday. Randolph also grabbed 11 rebounds.

"It was a must win," Gay said. "After last night, we need to come in here and prove ourselves. That game last night we should have had. Tonight, we wanted to make sure we came out to assert ourselves and make sure the outcome goes our way."

The Grizzlies have Randolph and Marc Gasol back from injuries, and their presence in the middle caused problems for the Kings all night long.

"We are full throttle right about now," Mayo said. "Earlier in the season, big fella (Gasol) and Zach were hurt and we weren't at full throttle. Now they are getting their legs back, they are getting into game shape, and I look for us to make a nice run."

Tyreke Evans scored 30 points and Francisco Garcia had 21 off the bench for the Kings (3-3), who dropped their second straight game.

Samuel Dalembert replaced rookie DeMarcus Cousins in Sacramento's starting lineup. Dalembert finished with eight points, 12 rebounds and five blocked shots.

Kings coach Paul Westphal said he knew the Grizzlies were coming to Sacramento to handle their business. The Kings turned the ball over 21 times after entering the game averaging 11.8.

Heat 101, Nets 89

In Miami, Dwyane Wade had 29 points and 10 rebounds and LeBron James scored 14 of his 23 points in the third quarter as the Heat pulled away in the second half to beat New Jersey.

Magic 91, Bobcats 88

In Charlotte, Dwight Howard had 22 points and eight rebounds and Rashard Lewis scored 22 points as Orlando withstood the Bobcats' furious comeback attempt.

Gerald Wallace had 25 points and 14 rebounds for Charlotte.

Cavaliers 107, Wizards 102

In Washington, Mo Williams scored 10 of his 28 points in the final four minutes to lead Cleveland over the hosts.

Spurs 124, Rockets 121 (OT)

In San Antonio, Tony Parker had 21 points and 14 assists, including seven points in overtime, as the Spurs kept Houston (0-5) winless.

Manu Ginobili added 28 points for San Antonio.

Jazz 109, Clippers 107 (2OT)

In Salt Lake City, Deron Williams scored 30 points, making the tiebreaking layup with 6.8 seconds left in the second overtime, as Utah overcame an 18-point deficit to beat Los Angeles.

Hornets 87, Bucks 81

In Milwaukee, David West made 10 of 12 shots and scored a season-high 25 points as New Orleans remained unbeaten with a victory over the Bucks.

Nuggets 103, Mavericks 92

In Dallas, Carmelo Anthony scored 27 points as Denver went 13-for-21 from beyond the 3-point line in a victory over the Mavs.

Blazers 97, Raptors 84

In Portland, Brandon Roy scored 26 points, and LaMarcus Aldridge added 22 points and 10 rebounds as the hosts cruised to a win over Toronto.



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