Gay leads Grizzlies over Wizards

Nba

April 02, 2009|By From Sun news services

Rudy Gay (Archbishop Spalding) scored 25 points and Mike Conley added 22 Wednesday night to lead the Memphis Grizzlies (20-54) to their first home win since the All-Star break, 112-107 over the Washington Wizards.

Caron Butler had 31 points for Washington (17-59), which lost its third straight, while Antawn Jamison had 28 points and 10 rebounds.

The Wizards were without guard Gilbert Arenas, who continues to play in selected games resting his surgically repaired knee. But they did have center Brendan Haywood, who played in his first game this season after surgery on his right wrist last October. Haywood played 24 minutes and had two points, missing five of his six shots from the field.

Celtics 111, Bobcats 109, 2 OT: : Ray Allen made a three-point shot with 2.1 seconds left in the second overtime to lift host Boston (57-19) into second place in the Eastern Conference. Charlotte (34-41), fighting for the final playoff spot in the conference, blew leads in the last 30 seconds of the fourth quarter and both overtimes and fell 1 1/2 games behind the Bulls, who were idle. The Celtics moved a game ahead of Orlando, which lost to Toronto.

Raptors 99, Magic 95: : Chris Bosh had 24 points, including a 22-footer with 29 seconds left that put the game out of reach, and visiting Toronto (29-45) extended its season-high winning streak to five games. Dwight Howard had 30 points and nine rebounds for Orlando (55-19).

Lakers 104, Bucks 98: : Kobe Bryant hit his first seven shots from the field and Pau Gasol scored eight of his 15 points in the fourth quarter, giving visiting Los Angeles (59-16) the victory. The Bucks (32-44) came into the game 3 1/2 games out of the Eastern Conference's final playoff spot.

Mavericks 98, Heat 96: : Dirk Nowitzki scored 30 points and Josh Howard had 20 points and drew a game-saving foul with 2.3 seconds left, giving host Dallas (45-30) its 10th straight regular-season victory over Miami (39-36).

Nets 111, Pistons 98: : Devin Harris had 19 points and 11 assists, and host New Jersey (31-44) ended a season-high five-game losing streak. Richard Hamilton scored 29 points for Detroit (36-39). The Pistons were also without Rasheed Wallace, who was suspended for picking up his 16th technical foul the night before.

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