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Monday December 10, 2012

Atlanta send Grizzlies tumbling from top

MEMPHIS: The Memphis Grizzlies lost their grip on the NBA’s best record, sliding to third overall after Saturday’s 93-83 home defeat at the hands of the Atlanta Hawks.

The San Antonio Spurs took over top spot with a win over Charlotte, while the New York Knicks’ lead in the Eastern Conference was cut to one game after they lost at Chicago.

Atlanta’s Josh Smith had 24 points while Lou Williams scored 18 of his 21 in the second half to guide the Hawks to their ninth win in 10 games. Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol scored 18 points apiece for the Grizzlies, who lost at home for only the second time this season.

Chicago’s Marco Belinelli and Luol Deng scored 22 points apiece as the Bulls won 93-85 to end New York’s five-game winning streak. Belinelli scored 15 points in the first quarter, while Deng had 10 in the fourth, giving the Bulls their first three-game winning streak of the season. Raymond Felton led the Knicks with 27 points but was just 9 for 30 from the field, exceeding his career high for field-goal attempts by six shots.

The Spurs moved a game ahead of idle Oklahoma City for overall top spot by routing the Charlotte Bobcats 132-102, setting a franchise record with 19 3-pointers. Danny Green was 7-of-9 from outside the arc and finished with 23 points while Tony Parker had 22 for the Spurs, who have also won nine of ten.

The Miami Heat bounced back from back-to-back defeats by downing the New Orleans Hornets 106-90.

Dwyane Wade scored 26 points and LeBron James finished with 24 points and seven assists for the Heat.

The Boston Celtics moved level with Philadelphia on 11-9 records in the Atlantic Division by beating the 76ers 92-79. Kevin Garnett led Boston with 19 points. — AFP.


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