Bayless’ 30 leads Grizzlies past Celtics, 110-106
Boston Celtics' Paul Pierce (34) defends against Memphis Grizzlies' Tony Allen (9) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Memphis, Tenn., Saturday, March 23, 2013. The Grizzlies defeated the Celtics 110-106. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
Memphis Grizzlies' Ed Davis, left, collides with Boston Celtics' Avery Bradley after a basket by Bradley during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Memphis, Tenn., Saturday, March 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
Boston Celtics' Terrence Williams (55) shoots over Memphis Grizzlies' Quincy Pondexter (20) and Darrell Arthur, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Memphis, Tenn., Saturday, March 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
Boston Celtics' Paul Pierce (34) shoots between Memphis Grizzlies' Tayshaun Prince (21) and Zach Randolph, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Memphis, Tenn., Saturday, March 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
Jerryd Bayless scored a season-high 30 points and the Memphis Grizzlies weathered a fourth-quarter rally by Boston’s reserves to escape with a 110-106 victory over the Celtics last night.
Seven Memphis players finished in double figures and three recorded double-doubles. Darrell Arthur, starting for Zach Randolph, scored 18 points, while Randolph had 15 points and 11 rebounds off the bench.
Paul Pierce led Boston with 26 points, while Jordan Crawford keyed a fourth-quarter rally, scoring 14 of his 21 points in the final frame. The Celtics lost their fourth straight game.
Both teams played without significant pieces. Kevin Garnett and Courtney Lee both sat out for Boston with left ankle sprains. Memphis center Marc Gasol is out indefinitely because of an abdominal tear.
Bulls 87, Pacers 84
Luol Deng scored 20 points, Carlos Boozer had 18 and the Chicago Bulls overcame the absence of starting center Joakim Noah to earn a victory over the Indiana Pacers.
Deng had 13 points at halftime, but Chicago’s reserves sparked the Bulls’ second-half rally, outscoring Indiana’s reserves 32-15. Taj Gibson scored 11, and Daequan Cook and Nate Robinson had nine apiece.
The Bulls went on a 13-5 run starting the fourth quarter to take an 81-72 lead. A four-point play by George Hill brought Indiana within 87-84 in the final minute. After a missed driving shot by Chicago’s Kirk Hinrich with 16 seconds left, the Pacers had a chance to tie, but Paul George had two 3-point tries go off the rim in the final 10 seconds, including one at the final buzzer.
George led the Pacers with 23 points.
Knicks 110, Raptors 84
Carmelo Anthony scored 28 points, Kenyon Martin had another big game against Toronto, and the New York Knicks finished off a home-and-home sweep of the Raptors.
J.R. Smith added 25 points for the Knicks, who beat the Raptors for the second straight night and won their fourth consecutive game. Martin had 18 points and seven rebounds, a night after he had 19 points and 11 rebounds in the Knicks’ victory in Toronto that clinched a playoff berth.
DeMar DeRozan scored 17 points for the Raptors, who played without leading scorer Rudy Gay because of a bad back and lost their fourth straight.
Knicks guard Jason Kidd had three points, three rebounds and two assists on his 40th birthday.
Pistons 92, Bobcats 91
Charlie Villanueva scored 14 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter, including a go-ahead driving layup with 15 seconds left, and the Detroit Pistons defeated the Charlotte Bobcats to snap a 10-game losing streak.
Villanueva hit three 3-pointers in the final period to help the Pistons avoid their longest losing streak since 2010.
Jason Maxiell added 14 points and reserve Rodney Stuckey had 13 points and eight assists for the Pistons.
Kemba Walker had 25 points and Bismack Biyombo had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Bobcats, who had their two-game winning streak snapped.
The NBA-worst Bobcats had the ball and a chance to win the game with 14 seconds left, but Walker missed an off-balanced leaner in the lane and Josh McRoberts’ reverse layup after an offensive rebound didn’t fall as time expired.