Monday, December 28, 2015

Celtics hand Knicks 4th straight loss, Grizzlies rout Lakers

Celtics 100, Knicks 91

Forward Jae Crowder scored 13 of his 18 points in the third quarter as the Boston Celtics handed the New York Knicks a fourth successive loss.

Crowder, given the task of guarding Carmelo Anthony, hounded the Knicks' forward into a bad shooting performance as he made just 11-for-26 from the floor, though still managed to score a game high 29 points.

The Celtics moved within a game of the idle Toronto Raptors in the Atlantic Division.

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Grizzlies 112, Lakers 96

Point guard Mike Conley scored 19 points with five assists as the Memphis Grizzlies breezed past the Los Angeles Lakers.

Memphis forward Jeff Green finished with 17 points, center Marc Gasol scored 16 points with six assists, power forward Zach Randolph had 16 points off the bench and guard Courtney Lee scored 13 points.

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Trail Blazers 98, Kings 94

Guard C.J. McCollum scored 35 points and the Portland Trail Blazers used a late surge to defeat the Sacramento Kings 98-94 at Sleep Train Arena.

McCollum canned 13-of-27 shots to help the Blazers (13-20) to their second win in as many nights. He came up with a loose ball and converted a jumper for a 93-87 lead, then sank a wing jumper with 31 seconds made it 95-89.

Kings center DeMarcus Cousins finished with 36 points and six rebounds.