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Cavs stunned by Grizzlies

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Chris Bosh (21 points, 16 rebounds) fights through traffic in Toronto’s win. Chris Bosh (21 points, 16 rebounds) fights through traffic in Toronto’s win. (Mark Blinch/Reuters)
Associated Press / December 9, 2009

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Mike Conley drove past Shaquille O’Neal for a layup with 3 seconds left to give the Grizzlies a 111-109 overtime victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers last night in Memphis.

LeBron James, who had 43 points and 13 rebounds, took the last shot, but his 30-footer over Rudy Gay hit the front of the rim, snapping the Cavaliers’ four-game winning streak.

Zach Randolph led Memphis with 32 points and 14 rebounds. O.J. Mayo scored 28, and Gay finished with 21 points. Marc Gasol had 11 points and eight rebounds.

“I was confident I could get in there and try to make a play to the best of my ability,’’ Conley said. “A play like that means a lot, but I am just happy that we got a win as a team. It wasn’t just that play. It was the whole game that got us that victory.’’

Mo Williams had 20 points and eight assists for the Cavaliers, and O’Neal scored 16.

James’s two free throws with 14.9 seconds left tied the score at 109. But on the ensuing possession, Conley held the ball out front and drove to the right side of the basket, lofting it off the glass as O’Neal moved over.

The win over the Cavaliers, who are atop the Central Division, marked Memphis’s second consecutive victory over a division leader. The Grizzlies defeated Southwest-leading Dallas, 98-82, last Friday.

“We’re playing together more,’’ Randolph said of the Grizzlies, who have won their last three and eight of their last 12 after a 1-8 start. “We’re getting better every day. This is a confidence-builder for us.’’

The teams were tied at 100 at the end of regulation. Gay’s layup with 18 seconds left tied the score. Cleveland had the final possession, but James lost the handle on the dribble, and by the time he gathered it up, his desperation jumper was short, sending the game to overtime.

James, who has a reputation for big fourth quarters, was 5 of 13, including 1 of 5 from outside the arc, in the fourth and overtime. His driving layup with 26 seconds left gave Cleveland a 107-106 lead.

Mayo connected on a 3-pointer with 19.1 seconds left before two James free throws tied it at 109 with 14 seconds remaining, setting up the possession that led to Conley’s winning basket.

Memphis snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Cavaliers.

Cleveland led, 59-48, at the half behind 22 points from James and 10 each from O’Neal, Mo Williams, and Gibson.

Nets 103, Bulls 101 - Brook Lopez scored 25 points and Devin Harris hit to the go-ahead basket with 14.9 seconds left as New Jersey posted its second win of the season and first on the road.

“Is it over?’’ interim coach Kiki Vandeweghe said after a wild finish. “This is really about our guys coming to play at the end.’’

The Nets, who got off the worst start in NBA history at 0-18 before beating Charlotte and then losing to the Knicks, are now 2-19 - including 1-12 away from home.

“The Nets are finally getting healthy. They will start winning some games,’’ said Chicago coach Vinny Del Negro, whose team has eight losses in nine games.

Derrick Rose scored 11 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter for Chicago, and Luol Deng had 27.

Mavericks 102, Suns 101 - Josh Howard looked sharp coming off a 13-game break to rehabilitate his surgically repaired left ankle, scoring 18 of his 20 points in the second half in leading host Dallas over Phoenix, which lost for the fourth time in five games.

Magic 97, Clippers 86 - Dwight Howard had 25 points and 11 rebounds on his 24th birthday, Rashard Lewis added 17 points, and Orlando held off host Los Angeles for its sixth straight victory.

Bobcats 107, Nuggets 95 - Gerald Wallace had 25 points and 16 rebounds and host Charlotte frustrated high-scoring Carmelo Anthony and snapped Denver’s four-game winning streak. Anthony, the NBA’s leading scorer, had 34 points and seven rebounds, but Wallace outplayed him down the stretch and a frustrated Anthony picked up a technical foul with less than a minute left to help seal Charlotte’s second straight win.

Raptors 94, Timberwolves 88 - Chris Bosh had 21 points and 16 rebounds, Jarrett Jack added 17 points and eight assists, and host Toronto posted its first three-game win streak this season.

Hornets 96, Kings 94 - David West had 24 points and 12 rebounds as host New Orleans held off Sacramento.

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