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Published: Saturday, 4/23/2011 - Updated: 3 years ago

Grizzlies keep pressure on Spurs

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Spurs point guard Tony Parker (9) gets an arm in the face from Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph, top right, during the first half of Game 3. Spurs point guard Tony Parker (9) gets an arm in the face from Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph, top right, during the first half of Game 3.
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MEMPHIS— Zach Randolph scored 25 points, including a rare 3-pointer with 41.9 seconds left, and the Grizzlies beat the Spurs 91-88 for the franchise’s first playoff victory on its home court.

These Grizzlies have been busy this postseason making lots of history at the Spurs’ expense. They opened this series with their first playoff win, and now the No. 8 seed has a 2-1 lead.

Memphis is trying to become just the fourth team to knock off the top-seeded team.

Game 4 is Monday night in Memphis.

Marc Gasol scored 17 points, Mike Conley had 14 and O.J. Mayo had 10 off the bench for Memphis.

Manu Ginobili led the Spurs with 23 points. Tony Parker had 16, Tim Duncan 13 and George Hill 11.

 

TRAIL BLAZERS 84, MAVERICKS 82

PORTLAND, Ore. — Brandon Roy go-ahead bank shot with 39.2 seconds left capped Portland’s 23-point second half comeback and the Blazers beat the Dallas Mavericks, evening the first-round playoff series at two games apiece.

Roy, who has struggled to find his place on the team since undergoing arthroscopic surgery on both knees in January, had 18 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter alone.

Both teams have held home court in their best-of-seven playoff series, which heads to Dallas on Monday.

Dirk Nowitzki had 20 points to lead the Mavericks.

Dallas led 64-41 in the third quarter before the Blazers started to rally behind Roy.

 

PACERS 89, BULLS 84

INDIANAPOLIS — Danny Granger scored 24 points and the Pacers avoided elimination by holding off a furious rally to beat the Bulls.

Carlos Boozer missed a 3-point attempt that could have tied the game with a second remaining.

Indiana never trailed and finally broke through after losing the first three games by a combined 15 points.

Chicago’s fans traveled to Indiana by the thousands, planning to celebrate a first-round playoff victory at Conseco Fieldhouse.

The Pacers sent them home disappointed,

The Bulls still lead the series 3-1 and will have a chance to close it out at home Tuesday.

Bulls guard Derrick Rose, who averaged 32.7 points in the first three games, finished with 15 points and 10 assists. He sprained his left ankle late in the first quarter and scored eight points on 3-for-16 shooting the rest of the way.

 

THUNDER 97, NUGGETS 94

DENVER — Transforming from a shot-blocker into a shot-maker, Serge Ibaka tied his career high with 22 points and sparked the Oklahoma City Thunder’s win over the Denver Nuggets that gave them a 3-0 lead in their best-of-7 playoff series.

Ibaka, a second-year pro from the Congo who led the league with 198 blocks during the regular season, gave the Thunder a third dimension on offense to go with all-stars Kevin Durant (26 points) and Russell Westbrook (23).

Not even the return of Arron Afflalo (13 points) from a troublesome hamstring injury or bounce-back performances from J.R. Smith (15 points) and Chris Andersen (13) could keep the Nuggets from falling to 0-5 against Oklahoma City this month and inching closer to elimination.




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