Memphis prevented Oklahoma City from taking top spot in the NBA Northwest Division by beating the Thunder 90-87, with Courtney Lee scoring a season-high 24 points, including the closing two free throws.
Memphis’ Zach Randolph had 23 points and 13 rebounds on the night his inside partner Marc Gasol came back after missing almost eight weeks with a left knee injury.
Gasol played 24 minutes and finished with 12 points for the Grizzlies, who won a third straight.
In the day’s other games, league leader Indiana kept rolling on with a comfortable 116-92 victory over Sacramento.
David West had 16 points and eight rebounds in a victory which clinched the Eastern Conference coaching spot for Frank Vogel
DeMarcus Cousins had 31 points and 13 rebounds for the Kings, who were held under 100 points for the first time in 12 games.
Bobcats edge ahead
Charlotte’s Al Jefferson scored a season-high 35 points to lead the Bobcats to a 108-98 win over New York.
Kemba Walker had 12 of his 25 in the fourth quarter to steer Charlotte to its first win in four games.
Carmelo Anthony had 20 points and six rebounds for the Knicks, who had won their previous five.
Cleveland’s Luol Deng hit five 3-pointers while scoring 27 points, lifting the Cavaliers to a 120-118 victory over the Lakers.
Anderson Varejao added 18 points and 18 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who won only their fourth road game of the season.
Jodie Meeks hit six three-pointers while scoring a season-high 26 points for injury-plagued Los Angeles, which has lost 11 of its past 12 and now goes into a seven-match road trip.