UNDATED (AP) — The Los Angeles Clippers paid the price for playing without defensive whiz Paul George on Saturday.
Jae Crowder was among four Grizzlies to score at least 22 points in a 140-114 thrashing of the Clippers. Crowder was high man for Memphis with 27 points and Jaren Jackson Jr. furnished 24 as Memphis earned its seventh road win. Ja Morant and Dillon Brooks chipped in 22 points apiece in the Grizzlies’ highest-scoring game of the season.
Montrezl Harrell had a team-high 28 points for the Clippers, who had to sit George because of a tight hamstring.
Checking out Saturday’s other NBA action:
— Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 19 of his 32 points in the third quarter to carry the Bucks past the Spurs, 127-118. Eric Bledsoe had 21 points as Milwaukee improved to a league-best 32-5 with its fifth straight win.
— Jayson Tatum scored 28 points and Gordon Hayward added 24 as the Celtics topped the Bulls, 111-104. Boston hung on for its eighth win in nine games after a 16-point lead dwindled to three in the fourth quarter.
— Ish Smith poured in a career-high 32 points and Troy Brown added 25 with a career-high 14 rebounds in the Wizards’ 128-114 comeback over the Nuggets. Denver led 101-99 with 9:33 left before Smith scored 11 points during Washington’s 19-2 run.
— The Raptors bounced back from their worst offensive performance of the season as Fred VanVleet had 29 points and 11 assists in Toronto’s 121-102 dumping of the Nets. Kyle Lowry finished with 26 points for the Raptors, who made 13 3-pointers after setting season lows for points and shooting in an 84-76 loss to Miami on Thursday.
— The Hornets surprised the Mavericks, 123-120 in overtime behind Terry Rozier’s 29 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer in overtime after his tying basket in regulation. Devonte Graham had 27 points and 13 assists to help Charlotte overcome Luka Doncic’s team-record 10th triple-double of the season: 39 points with 12 rebounds and 10 assists.
— Donovan Mitchell scored 32 points and Georges Niang added 15 off the bench to help the Jazz beat the Magic, 109-96. Bojan Bogdanovic had 14 points and Emmanuel Mudiay scored 12 in Utah’s fifth consecutive win.
— Trae Young scored 30 of his 41 points in the first half or the Hawks’ 116-111 victory against the Pacers. Kevin Huerter added a season-high 26 points and Atlanta recovered after blowing a 22-point lead to win for just the fourth time in 16 home games.
— Oklahoma City also has a five-game winning streak after Dennis Schroder dropped in 22 points and Shai Gilgeous -Alexander had 20 in the Thunder’s 121-106 win at Cleveland. Danilo Gallinari drained five 3-pointers in scoring 19 points, while Steven Adams grabbed 16 rebounds for the Thunder.
— JJ Redick’s driving layup with 1.1 seconds remaining lifted the Pelicans to a 117-115 victory over the Kings. Lonzo Ball had 24 points with 10 assists, and Redick scored 18 as the Pelicans won for the fifth time in six games.
— Andre Drummond had 14 points and 18 rebounds before fouling out late in the Pistons’ 111-104 win against the Warriors. Derrick Rose scored 22 points off the bench to help Detroit snap a three-game losing streak.