Tip-Off for 1/3/13 (featuring 2 Chainz): Grizzlies handle Celtics; Spurs run to 7th straight win

(Jared Wickerham)

Mike Conley got the better of his matchup with Rajon Rondo.

The Memphis Grizzlies took their impressive 9-3 record against the Boston Celtics. — who have lost their last three games. The Grizzlies were fueled by inspired play from former Celtic Tony Allen in their 93-83 victory.

Tim Duncan put together another double-double effort against the Milwaukee Bucks as the San Antonio Spurs rolled to the 7th win in a row 117-110.

Raptors 102 – Blazers 79 – Raptors rookie Terrence Ross led all scorers with 26 points. Damian Lillard led Portland with 18 points and 7 assists.

Bulls 96 – Magic 94 – The Bulls sent the Magic to their 7th consecutive defeat. Carlos Boozer had 31 points and 11 boards for Chicago. Orlando’s Jameer Nelson led all scorers with 32 points.

Kings 97 – Cavs 94 – DeMarcus Cousins finished with 16 rebounds and 6 assists for the Kings. Kyrie Irving led the Cavs with 22 points.

Pacers 89 – Wizards 81 – Indiana’s Paul George had a game-high 29 points and 14 rebounds,  Jordan Crawford scored 20 points for the Wizards.

Grizzlies 93 – Celtics 83 – Mike Conley led the Grizzlies with 23 points and 9 assists. Rajon Rondo had 16 points and 10 assists for Boston.

Heat 119 – Mavericks 109 – LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh combined for 76 points as the Heat blew by the Mavericks in overtime. O.J. Mayo led the Mavs with 30. Dirk Nowitzki finished with 19 points.

Spurs 117 – Bucks 110 – Tim Duncan posted 28 points and 13 boards for San Antonio. Brandon Jennings led the Bucks with 31 points.

Rockets 104 – Hornets 92 – Houston’s James Harden finished with 31 points and 7 assists. Ryan Anderson led New Orleans with 18 points.

Nets 110 – Thunder 93 – Joe Johnson had 33 points and Deron Williams handed out 13 assists as the Nets won a their sixth game on the road. Kevin Durant finished with 27 points.

Jazz 106 – T-Wolves 84 – Utah’s Gordon Hayward led all players with 17 points. Kevin Love had 13 points and 10 boards for the T-Wolves.

Suns 95 – 76ers 89 – Jrue Holiday posted his second career triple-double with 16 points, 10 boards and 10 assists. Luis Scola led the Suns with 21 points and 9 rebounds.

Warriors 115 – Clippers 94 – The Clippers dropped their second game in a row after winning 17 straight. Steph Curry finished with 31 points and 8 assists. Jamal Crawford finished with 24 points for Los Angeles.

The Lineup:

Charles Barkley doesn’t want fans to vote for All-Stars (Pro Basketball Talk).

Ref who tossed DeAngelo Hall is working Skins/Seahawks game (Comcast Washington).

Eagles to interview Chip Kelly (Philly Mag).

Victor Cruz (Styleblazer).

Smuggling ring endangers Rhinos (New York Times).

Bills interviewing Lovie Smith (Wild Thing Football).

Andy Reid met with the Kansas City Chiefs for nine-hours yesterday (NFL.com).

C’s interested in DeMarcus Cousins (SB Nation).

An except from ‘Black Fives’ (Black Fives).

Where LeBron James ranks at every position (Mike and McGoutry).


Happy Thursday!


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