Speights scores 28 as Warriors hold off Thunder
By CLIFF BRUNT
AP Sports Writer
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Golden State sharpshooters Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson couldn't find the hoop, and the injury-depleted Thunder were giving the Warriors all they could handle.
Journeyman forward Marreese Speights came to the rescue, scoring 28 points to help the Warriors beat Oklahoma City 91-86 on Sunday night. It matched the second-highest scoring game of Speights' career and was his best total since 2009.
"Speights, again, was ridiculous," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. "He carried the load for us offensively when we needed it."
Heat survive at the buzzer, beat Hornets 94-93
By TIM REYNOLDS
AP Basketball Writer
MIAMI (AP) So much intrigue, crammed into 14 seconds. A pair of former Connecticut stars, going 1-on-1 as if they were willing to decide it themselves. A one-point game, one team about to end a losing streak and a tip-in try that added more drama with every bounce off the rim.
Deng scored 26 points, Chris Bosh and Mario Chalmers each added 20 and the Heat watched Charlotte miss three potential go-ahead shots in the final seconds on the way to beating the Hornets 94-93 on Sunday nig...
Grizzlies rout Clippers 107-91, improve to 12-2
By CLAY BAILEY
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Marc Gasol's dominance is making one of the NBA's best frontcourts even better.
Gasol had 30 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 107-91 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday night. It marked the second straight game Gasol has recorded at least 30 points.
The victory left Memphis with the league's best record (12-2) behind a more aggressive Gasol, who is complementing his jumper with moves to the basket this season.
"There was no doubt in my mind that Marc would be aggressive," point guard Mike Conley said, adding: "Once you see the 12-2 start, we're going to tell him to go get 30 every night."
(AP) -- Los Angeles Lakers coach Byron Scott has admitted that when he's talking to his players about defense, it feels like his instructions are falling on deaf ears.
That doesn't bode well for Scott's team in Sunday night's matchup against a Denver Nuggets club that is not only beginning to find its stride offensively but also has a history of torching the Lakers.
Los Angeles (3-10) opened a three-game trip with wins over Atlanta and Houston before completely unraveling on the defensive end against Dallas on Friday. The Lakers allowed the Mavericks to shoot an opponent season-high 62.2 percent and go 18 of 35 from 3-point range in a 140-106 loss.
"Maybe in that locker room, guys are satisfied with the last two wins and just took this one for granted and just started to look forward to going home," Scott said. "You can't do that if you want to be competitive in this leagu...
(AP) -- Just three seasons ago, the Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder could have met in a game billed as the Western Conference's best versus its worst.
Now, with the roles reversed, the same description could hold true.
The Warriors look for a fifth consecutive win Sunday when they kick off a five-game road trip against the hapless Thunder.
Excluding Golden State's back-to-back losses on Nov. 9 and Nov. 11, the Warriors (9-2) have convincingly rolled through their schedule, owning a plus-15.6 point differential in their nine victories. They downed Utah 101-88 Friday for their third straight double-digit win despite an unusually slow night from Stephen Curry.
Curry converted only three of nine field goals for eight points and added 10 assists while six other Warriors carried the offense by scoring in doubl...
(AP) -- The Portland Trail Blazers have proven unbeatable over the last two weeks with Damian Lillard leading the charge.
The Boston Celtics haven't been able to get it together.
Portland opens a three-game road trip seeking a seventh consecutive win and fourth in a row over the Celtics on Sunday.
The Trail Blazers (9-3) have outscored opponents by an average of 12.0 points during their run after easily getting past short-handed Chicago 105-87 on Friday. Lillard had 21 points on 7-of-9 shooting to go with six rebounds and nine assists as Portland outscored the Bulls by 40 when Lillard was on the court.
The Trail Blazers held Chicago to 36.1 percent shooting, its lowest mark of the season.
"I liked our demeanor," coach Terry Stotts said. "I liked our disposition, the way we came out of the gates. Our defense wa...
(AP) -- The Charlotte Hornets hadn't defeated the Miami Heat in over four years before finally getting the best of them earlier this month.
Not much has gone their way since.
The Hornets try to avoid a fifth consecutive defeat when they visit the Heat on Sunday.
Charlotte (4-9) had been outscored by an average of 13.4 points during a 16-game losing streak against Miami before pulling out a 96-89 win Nov. 5. Al Jefferson led the way with 28 points and 10 rebounds and Kemba Walker scored 18.
Charlotte's previous win over Miami came 83-78 back on March 9, 2010.
"It's good to get the monkey off our back," Walker said afterward.
While the Hornets went on to beat Atlanta 122-119 in double-overtime two nights later, they've since dropped six of seven. Charlotte led ...
(AP) -- It appears it's going to take something stronger than a widespread stomach virus to slow down the Memphis Grizzlies at FedEx Forum.
If the first two stops on their seven-game road trip are any indication, the Los Angeles Clippers may be up to the task.
The Grizzlies try to improve on the NBA's best record and extend their regular-season home winning streak to 22 on Sunday against a Clippers team that knows a thing or two about leaving Memphis with a victory.
A flu bug ripped through the Grizzlies' locker room earlier this week, leading Memphis (11-2) to send five players home early from Toronto before it blew a fourth-quarter lead in Wednesday's 96-92 loss.
The Grizzlies looked plenty comfortable back in familiar surroundings Friday. Marc Gasol tied a career high with 32 points and