The San Antonio Spurs were outrebounded and outplayed in the first quarter by the Memphis Grizzlies. And for a team that prides itself on defense, that was not a good thing. Down by as many as 12 points early, the Spurs turned things around when it counted, beating Memphis 111-87 on Sunday and handing the Grizzlies their fifth straight loss.
Amare Stoudemire scored 31 points and grabbed 17 rebounds to help the Suns beat the Kings 117-102 on Sunday night.
Tony Parker and Tim Duncan each scored 24 points and the San Antonio Spurs beat Memphis 111-87 on Sunday night, handing the Grizzlies their fifth straight loss.
Baron Davis scored 28 points to help Golden State beat the Nuggets 105-95 on Sunday night, ending a seven-game losing streak in Denver.
Brandon Roy scored 22 points and the Portland Trail Blazers rallied to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 97-72 on Sunday for their league-leading 13th straight win.
Ben Gordon scored 25 points in his second consecutive strong performance since returning to a reserve role, leading the Chicago Bulls to a 100-83 victory over the New York Knicks on Sunday.
Jason Rich hit a short jumper with 4.3 seconds left to lift Florida State to a 66-64 win over Georgia Tech on Sunday night in an Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams. The Yellow Jackets had a chance to tie but Zack Peacock’s off-balance jumper at the buzzer never had a chance, falling short.
Bruce Price scored 17 points to lead Tennessee State to a 60-58 upset road win against Illinois on Sunday. Jerrell Houston added 12 points for Tennessee State (4-7), which last played on Dec. 22 in an 83-74 loss to No. 15 Vanderbilt. The Tigers led 29-24 at halftime behind 40 percent shooting from the field and five 3-pointers.
Iowa freshman forward Jarryd Cole tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee Saturday and will miss the rest of the season. Cole, who had recently moved into the starting lineup, was averaging 6.6 points and 4.4 rebounds. He injured his knee midway through the second half of Iowa’s 57-50 win over Southeastern Louisiana, landing awkwardly after a dunk.
Auburn forward Korvotney Barber, the national field-goal percentage leader at 72.0 percent, is expected to be sidelined at least four weeks after breaking his non-shooting left hand. Barber, averaging 13.8 points and 6.9 rebounds, was injured Saturday in the Tigers’ 79-59 victory over Towson. The injury leaves the team with just six available scholarship players.
Dustin Brown’s first goal was an important one for the Kings. His second goal Sunday night was one to remember. The 23-year-old left wing helped rally the Kings in regulation, then scored in overtime to give Los Angeles a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. The game-winner past Nikolai Khabibulin was Brown’s 18th goal, setting a new season-high.
The New York Rangers are learning to win games from behind. Brendan Shanahan scored 66 seconds into overtime to give the Rangers a 4-3 comeback victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday night, extending New York’s winning streak to three games. “You certainly have to be ready to do that,” Rangers coach Tom Renney said about coming from behind.