On any other night, when the Golden State Warriors are up 24 at home and Steph Curry has 40 points, it's just about all but over. But Friday night was not just any other night for the Memphis Grizzlies, who rallied to stun the Warriors in overtime, 128-119. Mike Conley hit a key jumper with 55 seconds left in OT, as his 27 points led the way in the Grizzlies' second win over the Warriors this season. They took out the Western Conference champs on December 10th, 110-89, in Memphis. An "atrocious" fourth quarter is how Draymond Green described it, as Golden State didn't get their first basket of the quarter until there was 3:14 left. Kevin Durant had 27 points and 13 rebounds, but missed six key free throws in the Warriors sixth loss of the season.
Paul Moves Up on Assist List in Win
The Los Angeles Clippers had been struggling the previous month or so, but on Friday night, they recorded their third straight win, 106-98, over the Kings. Austin Rivers had 24 points, while Chris Paul returned from injury to put up 14 points and 12 assists, helping Los Angeles improve to 25-14, including 12-8 away from the Staples Center. Paul also moved passed Rod Strickland for 10th on the all-time assists list. The Clippers hit 13 three-pointers, including four from Rivers, as they won for a ninth straight time in Sacramento. It was a dominant fourth quarter that led the Clippers, as they outscored the Kings, 31-25, in the final frame.
Harden Struggles, Rockets Win Seventh Straight
The Houston Rockets' win streak has been fueled by multiple triple-doubles from James Harden, but on Friday night it was Ryan Anderson who led the way with 19 points, all in the second half, as Houston hung on for a 100-93 win over the Magic, their seventh straight victory. Eric Gordon added 17 points off the bench, helping the Rockets overcome just a 14-point night from Harden. Houston attempted 49 three-pointers on the night and just 37 two-point shots, but improved to an impressive 29-9 on the year. The Magic fall to 16-22, as they have dropped four of their last five.