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NBA Scores And More: Grizzlies Conquer Celtics; Dwight Howard Dominates Knicks

The Celtics continued to slump, dropping a home game against the Grizzlies. Meanwhile, Dwight Howard dominated the Knicks and the Nuggets somehow edged the Spurs.

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Grizzlies Vs. Celtics: Boston's Offense Struggles As Memphis Steals One

The Boston Celtics have hit a rough patch, with a 90-87 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies at the TD Banknorth Garden providing the latest tough. Boston's offense struggled, shooting just 42 percent from the floor, grabbing only four offensive rebounds in 36 opportunities and coughing up 20 turnovers in 95 possessions. Those are all poor marks, and 7-15 shooting from long-range nor solid defense on the Grizz could help.

Memphis is excellent at forcing turnovers, and Boston has had trouble hanging on to the ball since the team was reconstituted in 2007. But 20 turnovers in a regulation game is just too many for a team as great as the Celtics. Center Nenad Krstic was the biggest culprit, with four in 21 minutes. Rajon Rondo coughed it up four times, too.

The famous Boston defense did a solid job, with Kevin Garnett squelching Zach Randolph (13 points). The Grizzlies took just six three-pointers; humorously, of the 20 times this season a team has taken six or fewer threes in a game, that team has been the Grizzlies nine times. Randolph managed five big offensive rebounds, which helped the Grizzlies' offense squeeze out enough points to take advantage of Boston's bad night and come up with the improbable win.


Magic Vs. Knicks: Dwight Howard Dismisses New York

Dwight Howard kept up his utter domination of the New York Knicks, fueling the Orlando Magic to a 111-99 win at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday. Howard scored 33 points and had 11 rebounds in 41 minutes for Orlando. In three games against the Knicks this season, Howard has averaged 29 points and 15 rebounds.

The Knicks actually stuck around through three quarters, as Carmelo Anthony had himself a game with 24 points on 6-12 shooting and 11 free throws. Amar'e Stoudemire, however, was completely stifled by Howard and the Magic; S.T.A.T. scored just 13 points on 20 field goal attempts. He was a team-worse -11.

Jameer Nelson and Hedo Turkoglu hit four three-pointers a piece, and Brandon Bass bulled Stoudemire in getting to the line for nine free throws. Chauncey Billups and Toney Douglas helped 'Melo keep the Knicks in the game, but the Magic are a far more complete and talented team than New York.

The Knicks, 35-36, are below .500 for the first time since Nov. 27. New York then went on an eight-game winning streak.


Spurs Vs. Nuggets: Denver Continues Captivating Run, Dekes San Antonio

The Denver Nuggets are made out of fairy dust and exclamation marks, and a captivating run continued Wednesday night as the team beat the San Antonio Spurs at the Pepsi Center 115-112. In a glorified track meet with some shotput exercises, the Nuggets stormed back from big deficits in each half, keeping the pressure on San Antonio until Denver could finally overcome the talent gap late. Al Harrington played a huge role, hitting five of six three-pointers en route to 27 points off the bench.

Antonio McDyess did all he could to keep the Spurs alive late, remaining incredibly active on the offensive glass and, with Tim Duncan's injury replacement Tiago Splitter, anchored a solid frontline performace for S.A. But Harrington and Denver's guards were on fire, hitting 12 of 21 threes and shooting 50 percent from the floor. The Spurs shot just 43 percent, relying on a paucity of turnovers and good work on the offensive glass (as mentioned above) to stay in it. And stay in it they did. Manu Ginobili had a shot to tie the game in the final seconds, but couldn't make it fall. Alas.

In other action:

Nets 98, Cavaliers 94 (OT): Extra time at The Q! Brook Lopez sent the match to overtime with a late tip. In OT, the Nets put up 16, almost as many as they had in the entire first quarter. Lopez, Kris Humphries and Sasha Vujacic had 18 apiece; Humphries also had 23 rebounds. J.J. Hickson had 17 and 17 for Cleveland.

Sixers 105, Hawks 100: The 76ers trailed by nine with a minute left in the third quarter. A 14-0 run over four minutes starring eight points by Louis Williams fixed that. Seven Sixers scored in double figures (balanced attack!), and the Hawks are in danger of being the coldest team in the playoffs.

Heat 100, Pistons 94: Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh combined to score 46 points on 33 shots (including trips to the line). That's good output! Rip Hamilton had 27 for Detroit.

Thunder 106, Jazz 94: Al Jefferson had 32 points, but the Thunder dance and dance some more. Russell Westbrook scored 31 on 11-17 shooting, and Kevin Durant scored 29. Derrick Favors received a DNP-CD; I received a WTF.

Rockets 131, Warriors 112: Chuck Hayes earned his first career triple-double with 13 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists -- that's right, assists. Should the Warriors force an asterisk onto that? You be the judge.

Suns 114, Raptors 106: Phoenix put forth a gutty performance after Tuesday's triple-overtime headbanger to beat the Raptors. Steve Nash obviously needed some rest, so Aaron Brooks popped up for 25 points and eight assists off the bench.

Pacers 111, Bobcats 88: It's officially official -- the Bobcats have conceded. The Pacers looked good in dropping a buck-eleven on Charlotte. Danny Granger teed up 33.

Kings 97, Bucks 90: Milwaukee had two bad results on Wednesday, with the Pacers' win and the Bucks' own (inexcusable) loss. Marcus Thornton is serious, scoring 27 points to bring his per-game average as a King to 21.8. Andrew Bogut committed a touchy offensive foul with less than a minute left to give Sacramento (after free throws) a four-point advantage. With the Kings in full control up four inside of 12 seconds, Bogut hammered Donte Greene on a screen to end the game. That's a frustrated dude.

Clippers 127, Wizards 119 (2OT): Yes, Staples Center saw five overtimes in two days. Hope those parking attendants got paid time-and-a-half. (Wait, this is L.A. Everyone left with 10 minutes left in regulation! /cliche) JaVale McGee was kind of wonderful with 22 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks; John Wall was also fantastic, while Jordan Crawford very obviously learned shot selection from Nick Young. Blake Griffin had a triple-double with 33 points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists.

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