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Grizzlies silence the Thunder

MEMPHIS, Tennessee – Seventy-seven total points were scored in the final quarter as the Memphis Grizzlies rallied back to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder in one of six NBA games last night.

Thunder’s forward Serge Ibaka (left) drives against Memphis Grizzlies’ forward Zach Randolph during their game last night.

Thunder’s forward Serge Ibaka (left) drives against Memphis Grizzlies’ forward Zach Randolph during their game last night.

Thunder led by one going into the fourth, but Memphis came out on top 122-114 in a high-scoring contest as recent acquisition Mario Chalmers scored 16 of his season-best 29 in the final frame. Russell Westbrook had 40 points and 14 assists in defeat for the Thunder.

The San Antonio Spurs cemented their place in second in the Western Conference with a 93-80 triumph over the Portland Trail Blazers, their fifth straight win. Manu Ginobili scored 14 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter to help the Spurs pull away and remain unbeaten at home this season.

The Houston Rockets lost for the fourth game in a row as a big third quarter helped the Boston Celtics to 111-95 victory at Toyota Center. It was all square at half time, but the Celtics outscored the Rockets 32-13 in the third frame on their way to a third straight win that sees them improve to 5-4.

The standout individual performance of the night came from Brandon Knight, whose first-ever triple-double helped the Phoenix Suns cruise past the Los Angeles Lakers 120-101.

Point guard Knight had 30 points, 10 rebounds and 15 assists as Phoenix improved to 6-4 and inflicted a ninth defeat in 11 games this season on the Lakers.

A Central Division contest between two in-form teams saw the Chicago Bulls edge out the Indiana Pacers 96-95 at United Center. Jimmy Butler made a last-second block on Paul George to ensure victory for the Bulls, whose point guard Derrick Rose was their top scorer with 23 points but left the game with an ankle injury midway through the fourth quarter.

The Philadelphia 76ers slumped to 0-11 by losing 92-86 at home to the Dallas Mavericks, who have won four in a row. Philly have now lost 21 straight regular-season games including the end of last season after Dirk Nowitzki (21 points) helped the Mavs pull away down the stretch.

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