The game plan was simple for the Memphis Grizzlies in overtime: Utilize one of the most imposing front lines in the NBA. Marc Gasol scored 19...
CHICAGO — The game plan was simple for the Memphis Grizzlies in overtime: Utilize one of the most imposing front lines in the NBA.
Marc Gasol scored 19 points, Zach Randolph had 13 points and 19 rebounds, and Memphis beat the Chicago Bulls 85-82 on Saturday night.
Gasol and Randolph combined for seven of the nine overtime points for the Grizzlies.
“When we got into overtime we went to our horses, Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol. We played an inside-outside game. Our All-Star bigs took over the game,” the Grizzlies’ Tony Allen said.
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Memphis scored the first six points of the extra period, Gasol’s putback making it 82-76. The Bulls cut it to 83-80 on Jimmy Butler’s layup and had a chance to tie, but Nate Robinson missed a three-pointer with 25 seconds left.
Robinson, the former UW Husky, made a layup with 6.6 seconds left, but Jerryd Bayless scored with 4.8 seconds remaining to make it 85-82. Carlos Boozer missed a three-pointer as time expired.
Chicago, playing its third consecutive overtime game in four days, didn’t have enough in overtime. The Bulls played without forward Luol Deng and had to fight back from a 17-point, third-quarter deficit.
Butler, starting in place of Deng, scored a career-high 18 points and Boozer had 17 as the Bulls had a three-game winning streak snapped.
• Chris Paul had 22 points and 11 assists, Blake Griffin had 17 points and 11 rebounds, and the host Los Angeles Clippers hung on to beat Washington 94-87. Coming off a sweep of their three-game trip through Memphis, Houston and Minnesota, the Clippers improved their home record to 19-4. The win was their fourth in a row since the 104-101 loss to Orlando on Jan. 12 that ended their franchise-record, 13-game home winning streak.
• Brandon Jennings had 30 points and eight assists, Ersan Ilyasova had 24 points and 14 rebounds, and visiting Milwaukee beat Portland 110-104. Damian Lillard had 26 points and 10 assists for Portland, which has lost a season-high five straight games.
• Former Washington State star Klay Thompson had a season-high 29 points, Jarrett Jack scored seven of his 25 in the final minute and the visiting Golden State Warriors beat New Orleans 116-112.
The Warriors trailed 110-108 in a topsy-turvy game when Jack hit two free throws with 52 seconds left to tie the score. He converted a tough floater to give Golden State a 112-110 lead, and he finished off the Hornets with three free throws. Thompson scored 24 in the first half as the Warriors led by as much as 16. Jack, who played for the Hornets last season, had 12 assists. Stephen Curry, returning after missing two games with a right ankle sprain, had 17 of his 20 points in the second half.
• Lou Williams, the Atlanta Hawks’ third-leading scorer, will miss the remainder of the season with a right knee injury.
The Hawks announced before Saturday night’s game against San Antonio that Williams tore the anterior cruciate ligament in the knee in Friday night’s loss at Brooklyn. The tear was found when Williams was examined Saturday by Dr. Michael Bernot in Atlanta. “It’s certainly devastating to us to lose Lou,” Hawks coach Larry Drew said.
Tony Parker had 23 points and 12 assists, and the San Antonio Spurs held off the Hawks 98-93.
In addition to Williams, the Hawks lost guard Devin Harris to a sprained left ankle in the third quarter.
• Dallas forward Shawn Marion has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for publicly criticizing the officiating. Marion was quoted after the Mavericks’ 117-114 overtime loss to Oklahoma City on Friday as saying that “it’s hard to beat anybody when you’re playing five on eight.”
• Marcus Thornton scored 18 points off the bench, Tyreke Evans came up big down the stretch, and visiting Sacramento held on to beat Charlotte 97-93. Isaiah Thomas, the former UW guard, had 15 points and seven assists for the Kings.