NBA Recap – Gasol Helps Grizzlies Beat Thunder, Pacers Win Again
UNDATED (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies knocked off one of the NBA's top teams in Marc Gasol's return to the court.
Courtney Lee scored a season-high 24 points and Zach Randolph had a double-double as the Grizzlies downed Oklahoma City 90-87 in Memphis. Gasol played 24 minutes and finished with 12 points in his first game since missing almost eight weeks due to knee surgery. Randolph finished with 23 points and 13 rebounds as the Grizzlies dealt the Thunder their third loss in four games.
The loss drops Oklahoma City two games behind West-leading San Antonio.
The Indiana Pacers are an NBA-best 30-7 following their fifth victory in six games.
Paul George drained four 3-pointers while scoring 31 points as the Pacers hammered Sacramento 116-92. David West had 16 points and eight rebounds for the Pacers, while Lance Stephenson chipped in 13 points, five boards and five assists.
The victory clinched the Eastern Conference coaching spot in the All-Star game for Frank Vogel since the Pacers are guaranteed to have the best winning percentage in the conference through games of Feb. 2. Miami's Erik Spoelstra (SPOHL'-struh) is ineligible after coaching last year.
Also in the NBA:
— Al Jefferson scored a season-high 35 points and finished with seven rebounds and five assists in Charlotte's 108-98 triumph over New York. Gerald Henderson chipped in 17 points for the Bobcats, who halted a three-game skid and ended the Knicks' five-game winning streak.
— Luol Deng and Anderson Varejao led Cleveland's 120-118 win over the Lakers in Los Angeles. Deng had a game-high 27 points and Varejao added 18 and 18 rebounds as the Cavaliers dealt the Lakers their fifth straight loss.