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GRIZZLIES CONTINUE ROLL, SLAP THUNDER

Times wires

OKLAHOMA CITY - As they've risen simultaneously into Western Conference contenders, the Thunder and Grizzlies have learned to dislike each other.

In their latest slugfest, it was the Thunder that came out swinging, but Zach Randolph and the Grizzlies got the win.

Rudy Gay scored a season-high 28, Randolph added 20 points and 11 rebounds before getting ejected along with Oklahoma City's Kendrick Perkins during a late-game altercation and Memphis beat the Thunder 107-97 Wednesday night.

Randolph said the Grizzlies aren't claiming to have made any statements early on and are still fueled by an underdog mentality.

"This is one of the best teams in the West," Randolph said. "We're trying to get where they're at."

Perkins and Randolph confronted each other between Russell Westbrook's free-throw attempts, drawing each an ejection from referee Ken Mauer with 2:05 left in the game. They tried to approach each other while being restrained by teammates.

Afterward, Randolph said all was settled. "There's a lot of bluffing going on on the court, that's all," he said. "And I don't bluff."

Game highlights: Greg Monroe had 19 points and 18 rebounds as the Pistons beat the host 76ers 94-76 for their first win of the season. ... James Harden scored 30 for the third time in seven games with the Rockets, who held off the visiting Hornets 100-96. ... Chris Kaman scored 23 as the host Mavs kept the Wizards winless, 107-101. ... Carlos Boozer scored 28 with 14 rebounds and Joakim Noah added 21 points as the Bulls beat the host Suns 112-106 in OT.

Around the league: The players union is continuing its appeal on behalf of Kings center DeMarcus Cousins even after he has served his two-game suspension for confronting Spurs announcer Sean Elliott in a "hostile manner" Friday. He is hoping to recoup his lost pay of about $70,500.

Grizzlies 107, Thunder 97

MEMPHIS (107): Gay 12-21 2-2 28, Randolph 8-14 4-4 20, Gasol 6-14 2-4 14, Conley 4-12 0-0 8, Allen 2-6 2-2 6, Pondexter 4-10 2-2 13, Speights 0-3 0-0 0, Bayless 5-8 0-0 12, Ellington 3-5 0-0 6. Totals 44-93 12-14 107.

OKLAHOMA CITY (97): Durant 12-21 9-9 34, Ibaka 7-10 3-4 17, Perkins 4-5 0-2 8, Westbrook 6-19 3-5 17, Sefolosha 3-4 0-0 8, Collison 2-5 0-0 4, Martin 1-4 4-4 7, Maynor 0-3 2-2 2, Thabeet 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 35-72 21-26 97.

Memphis 20 36 25 26 - 107

Oklahoma City 30 15 26 26 - 97

3-Point Goals-Memphis 7-17 (Pondexter 3-7, Gay 2-3, Bayless 2-3, Allen 0-1, Ellington 0-1, Conley 0-2), Oklahoma City 6-13 (Sefolosha 2-2, Westbrook 2-6, Durant 1-1, Martin 1-2, Maynor 0-1, Ibaka 0-1). Fouled Out-Collison. Rebounds-Memphis 49 (Randolph 11), Oklahoma City 44 (Durant 10). Assists-Memphis 22 (Conley 7), Oklahoma City 23 (Westbrook 13). Total Fouls-Memphis 23, Oklahoma City 19. Technicals-Gasol, Pondexter, Randolph, Martin, Perkins. Ejected-Randolph, Perkins. A-18,203.

Pistons 94, 76ers 76

DETROIT (94): Prince 7-13 1-2 15, Maxiell 2-3 4-6 8, Monroe 7-16 5-6 19, Knight 5-9 4-6 15, Singler 7-14 1-2 16, Maggette 2-3 4-4 9, Drummond 3-6 0-2 6, Jerebko 0-3 0-0 0, W.Bynum 2-6 2-3 6, English 0-0 0-0 0, Middleton 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 35-73 21-31 94.

PHILADELPHIA (76): Turner 1-6 1-2 3, T.Young 2-11 0-0 4, Brown 1-2 1-2 3, Holiday 4-13 4-9 12, Richardson 3-12 0-0 9, Wright 1-5 3-3 6, Hawes 1-5 3-4 5, Allen 6-10 2-2 14, Ivey 3-7 0-0 7, N.Young 2-9 5-6 9, Moultrie 0-1 2-4 2, Wilkins 0-1 0-0 0, Wayns 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 25-84 21-32 76.

Detroit 23 29 17 25 - 94

Philadelphia 17 17 20 22 - 76

3-Point Goals-Detroit 3-7 (Maggette 1-1, Knight 1-2, Singler 1-3, Jerebko 0-1), Philadelphia 5-16 (Richardson 3-6, Ivey 1-3, Wright 1-3, Hawes 0-1, N.Young 0-3). Fouled Out-Maggette, Allen. Rebounds-Detroit 67 (Monroe 18), Philadelphia 51 (T.Young 8). Assists-Detroit 27 (Knight 7), Phi. 15 (Holiday 7). Total Fouls-Detroit 25, Phi. 21. Technicals-Drummond. A-11,879

Celtics 98, Jazz 93

UTAH (93): Ma.Williams 2-6 2-2 7, Millsap 9-21 2-4 20, Jefferson 6-12 1-2 13, M. Williams 6-19 0-1 14, Hayward 5-9 2-2 14, Favors 2-5 10-14 14, Foye 2-6 3-3 9, Kanter 1-4 0-0 2, Tinsley 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 33-82 20-28 93.

BOSTON (98): Pierce 7-17 6-7 23, Bass 4-8 0-0 8, Garnett 4-10 3-4 11, Rondo 3-9 0-0 6, Terry 0-1 3-3 3, Wilcox 3-3 1-2 7, Green 5-9 6-7 16, Sullinger 1-1 0-0 2, Lee 3-6 0-0 6, Barbosa 6-8 3-6 16. Totals 36-72 22-29 98.

Utah 25 21 24 23 - 93

Boston 20 24 29 25 - 98

3-Point Goals-Utah 7-15 (Hayward 2-2, Foye 2-3, M. Williams 2-6, Ma.Williams 1-2, Jefferson 0-1, Millsap 0-1), Boston 4-10 (Pierce 3-7, Barbosa 1-1, Rondo 0-1, Lee 0-1). Fouled Out-None. Rebounds-Utah 57 (Jefferson 14), Boston 43 (Garnett 8). Assists-Utah 18 (M. Williams 5), Boston 24 (Rondo 10). Total Fouls-Utah 19, Boston 17. Technicals-Utah defensive three second, Green, Boston defensive three second. A-18,624.

Rockets 100, Hornets 96

NEW ORLEANS (96): Aminu 6-15 2-2 14, Davis 2-7 4-4 8, Lopez 2-5 1-2 5, Vasquez 8-15 5-5 24, Rivers 3-8 2-2 10, Anderson 9-19 0-0 20, Roberts 3-8 2-2 9, Miller 0-1 0-0 0, Mason 0-1 0-0 0, J.Smith 0-3 4-4 4, Henry 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 34-84 20-21 96.

HOUSTON (100): Parsons 4-14 3-4 13, Patterson 3-4 0-0 6, Asik 6-10 3-4 15, Lin 2-10 0-0 4, Harden 10-20 9-11 30, Delfino 0-5 1-1 1, Douglas 4-6 0-0 12, G.Smith 2-2 2-2 6, Morris 5-9 0-0 13. Totals 36-80 18-22 100.

New Orleans 27 18 31 20 - 96

Houston 25 39 21 15 - 100

3-Point Goals-N.Orl. 8-24 (Vasquez 3-4, Rivers 2-4, Anderson 2-10, Roberts 1-2, Miller 0-1, Mason 0-1, Aminu 0-2), Hou. 10-29 (Douglas 4-5, Morris 3-5, Parsons 2-6, Harden 1-7, Delfino 0-3, Lin 0-3). Fouled Out-None. Rebounds-N.Orl. 48 (Anderson 12), Hou. 51 (Asik 12). Assists-N.Orl. 17 (Vasquez 9), Hou. 19 (Delfino, Harden, Lin 4). Total Fouls-N.Orl. 16, Hou. 17. Technicals-N.Orl. defensive three second. A-14,535.

Bucks 99, Pacers 85

INDIANA (85): George 5-17 1-1 12, West 3-9 1-2 7, Hibbert 3-6 1-4 7, Hill 1-10 1-2 3, Stephenson 1-3 2-2 4, T.Hansbrough 6-8 5-6 17, Green 4-10 3-4 13, Mahinmi 1-2 3-4 5, Augustin 1-4 0-0 3, Young 3-6 1-4 8, Plumlee 0-1 2-2 2, B.Hansbrough 0-0 0-0 0, Pendergraph 2-4 0-0 4. Totals 30-80 20-31 85.

MILWAUKEE (99): Harris 4-5 3-4 11, Ilyasova 2-9 1-2 5, Dalembert 5-7 4-4 14, Jennings 6-12 2-2 16, Ellis 6-15 4-4 16, Udrih 3-7 3-3 9, Udoh 1-6 2-2 4, Dunleavy 2-9 0-0 5, Sanders 4-6 1-4 9, Daniels 0-4 0-0 0, Henson 5-8 0-0 10, Przybilla 0-0 0-0 0, Lamb 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 38-91 20-25 99.

Indiana 17 17 19 32 - 85

Milwaukee 33 27 22 17 - 99

3-Point Goals-Indiana 5-20 (Green 2-4, Young 1-2, Augustin 1-3, George 1-6, Stephenson 0-2, Hill 0-3), Mil. 3-16 (Jennings 2-6, Dunleavy 1-6, Ellis 0-2, Daniels 0-2). Fouled Out-None. Rebounds-Indiana 65 (West 9), Mil. 54 (Udoh 7). Assists-Indiana 19 (Stephenson, Hill 4), Mil. 24 (Udrih 10). Total Fouls-Indiana 18, Mil. 22. Technicals-Hill. Flagrant Fouls-Sanders. A-11,573.

Bobcats 89, Timberwolves 87

CHARLOTTE (89): Kidd-Gilchrist 1-4 0-0 2, Mullens 5-12 2-2 12, Haywood 3-6 0-0 6, Walker 9-19 3-3 22, Taylor 3-7 0-2 7, R.Williams 3-7 0-0 8, Sessions 8-20 2-5 18, Higgins 0-1 0-0 0, Thomas 4-6 2-2 10, Biyombo 2-2 0-0 4. Totals 38-84 9-14 89.

MINNESOTA (87): Kirilenko 9-12 5-9 26, D.Williams 3-12 4-7 10, Stiemsma 0-6 1-4 1, Ridnour 6-16 3-5 16, Lee 3-12 4-6 10, Shved 5-10 2-2 13, Cunningham 4-9 0-0 8, Amundson 1-2 1-4 3, Conroy 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 31-81 20-37 87.

Charlotte 28 23 18 20 - 89

Minnesota 24 14 15 34 - 87

3-Point Goals-Charlotte 4-16 (R.Williams 2-3, Walker 1-3, Taylor 1-3, Mullens 0-2, Sessions 0-5), Min.5-19 (Kirilenko 3-3, Shved 1-3, Ridnour 1-6, Conroy 0-1, D.Williams 0-1, Lee 0-5). Fouled Out-None. Rebounds-Charlotte 53 (Mullens 15), Min. 65 (Kirilenko 12). Assists-Charlotte 15 (Walker 5), Min. 20 (Ridnour 10). Total Fouls-Charlotte 26, Min. 14. A-13,272.

Mavericks 107, Wizards 101

WASHINGTON (101): Ariza 2-7 0-0 4, Booker 3-5 1-2 7, Okafor 4-8 0-0 8, Price 4-7 0-0 11, Beal 3-14 0-0 8, Seraphin 8-10 0-0 16, Singleton 0-2 0-0 0, Crawford 6-11 6-6 21, Webster 2-6 3-3 8, Barron 1-1 0-0 2, Vesely 0-1 0-0 0, Pargo 1-3 0-0 2, Martin 5-6 0-0 14. Totals 39-81 10-11 101.

DALLAS (107): Da.Jones 1-2 0-0 2, Brand 4-10 3-5 11, Kaman 10-12 3-3 23, Collison 2-10 5-6 9, Mayo 9-15 6-8 25, Murphy 3-5 4-4 10, Carter 2-8 2-3 7, Beaubois 2-7 0-0 4, James 2-4 0-0 4, Crowder 4-5 3-4 12, Cunningham 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 39-78 26-33 107.

Washington 19 26 22 34 - 101

Dallas 23 40 22 22 - 107

3-Point Goals-Washington 13-27 (Martin 4-4, Price 3-4, Crawford 3-5, Beal 2-6, Webster 1-4, Singleton 0-1, Ariza 0-1, Pargo 0-2), Dallas 3-11 (Crowder 1-2, Carter 1-3, Mayo 1-3, James 0-1, Beaubois 0-2). Fouled Out-None. Rebounds-Washington 42 (Booker 6), Dallas 47 (Brand 12). Assists-Washington 24 (Crawford 7), Dallas 20 (Collison 5). Total Fouls-Washington 24, Dallas 15. Technicals-Crawford, Okafor. A-19,560.

Bulls 112, Suns 106, OT

CHICAGO (112): Deng 8-14 3-3 21, Boozer 11-20 6-6 28, Noah 9-19 3-6 21, Hinrich 1-3 1-2 3, Hamilton 5-11 4-6 15, Gibson 2-3 0-0 4, Robinson 4-9 1-2 11, Belinelli 1-4 0-0 3, Mohammed 0-2 0-0 0, Butler 3-3 0-0 6, Teague 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 44-88 18-25 112.

PHOENIX (106): Beasley 4-15 4-5 12, Scola 12-22 0-0 24, Gortat 4-8 3-3 11, Dragic 5-10 2-2 12, Dudley 2-5 0-0 5, Morris 3-12 1-1 8, Brown 4-15 3-3 11, Telfair 5-13 3-3 17, Tucker 3-5 0-0 6. Totals 42-105 16-17 106.

Chicago 29 28 26 17 12 - 112

Phoenix 27 24 18 31 6 - 106

3-Point Goals-Chicago 6-12 (Robinson 2-3, Deng 2-4, Belinelli 1-2, Hamilton 1-2, Hinrich 0-1), Phoenix 6-21 (Telfair 4-8, Dudley 1-2, Morris 1-3, Beasley 0-2, Dragic 0-3, Brown 0-3). Fouled Out-Scola. Rebounds-Chicago 57 (Boozer 14), Phoenix 58 (Scola 14). Assists-Chicago 26 (Hinrich 7), Phoenix 19 (Dragic 5). Total Fouls-Chicago 21, Phoenix 27. Technicals-Hamilton, Hinrich, Robinson. A-15,305.

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