Ginobili comes back
Spurs dominate in guard's return
Manu Ginobili returned from his offseason left ankle surgery, and the San Antonio Spurs celebrated with a victory.
Ginobili, who missed San Antonio's first 12 games, scored 12 points to help the Spurs beat the Grizzlies, 94-81, last night in Memphis.
"I felt pretty good about it," said Ginobili, who played 11 minutes in his first outing. "I didn't rush it a lot. I took my time, found the open seam, made a couple of shots. I wasn't thinking about a great game on my first one, so I'm happy with what I did."
Rookie George Hill scored 20 points and Roger Mason added 18 to lead the Spurs. Tim Duncan added 14 points, 11 rebounds, and 4 blocks for San Antonio, which has won five of its last six games.
O.J. Mayo scored 23 of his 26 points in the second half to lead Memphis, which has dropped seven of its last eight. Rudy Gay scored 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, while Darko Milicic had 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Ginobili entered the game with 5:34 left in the first quarter and promptly made his first two shots, the first from outside the arc with the shot clock running down, and the second on a dunk.
"I didn't want to take a quick one because I'm kind of rusty," Ginobili said of the 3-pointer he hit 1:27 after entering the game. "In that situation, you don't have any other options with the shot clock winding down, so I took it. It was good for my confidence that it went in."
Bulls 101, Jazz 100 - Larry Hughes hit a 22-foot jumper as time expired to give Chicago a win over Utah, the Jazz's first home loss of the season.
Hughes got the rebound after Derrick Rose missed inside with Utah leading, 100-99, and got off the winning shot in time. The play was reviewed and the shot stood to give the Bulls their second road win of the season.
Rose finished with 25 points, including 10 in the fourth.
Mehmet Okur had 26 points for the Jazz, who were without starters Deron Williams (ankle) and Carlos Boozer (quad) and three regulars.
Trail Blazers 91, Kings 90 - Brandon Roy scored a season-high 28 points and host Portland rallied during the final six minutes to edge Sacramento.
Joel Przybilla added 10 points and 12 rebounds, while Steve Blake had 12 points for the Blazers. Greg Oden made his first start for Portland since returning from a foot injury Nov. 12. Oden, the first pick of the 2007 draft, had 3 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 turnovers in 19 ineffective minutes.
Rockets 107, Heat 98 - Yao Ming scored 28 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, Ron Artest scored 20, and Houston finished off a perfect three-game road trip against the Eastern Conference by beating Miami.
Bobcats 93, 76ers 84 - D.J. Augustin scored 25 points and added a career-high 11 assists and backcourt mate Raymond Felton added 23 points as host Charlotte used its new speedy and tiny lineup to beat Philadelphia.
Hornets 99, Clippers 87 - David West scored 27 points and visiting New Orleans beat Los Angeles for its third straight victory.
Magic 108, Bucks 101 - Dwight Howard had 24 points and 13 rebounds to help host Orlando beat Milwaukee.