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Memphis tighten hold on second in NBA West

Desmond Bane scored 22 points, De’Anthony Melton and Dillon Brooks added 21 points each as the Memphis Grizzlies solidified their hold on second place in the NBA Western Conference with a 123-95 victory over the short-handed Golden State Warriors.

Kyle Anderson added 13 points for Memphis, who hold a five-game lead over the third-place Warriors in the conference.

The Grizzlies won their fifth straight and for the ninth time in 10 games.

Jordan Poole led Golden State with 25 points, and Moses Moody finished with 18. Jonathan Kuminga scored 14 points as Golden State dropped its third straight and lost for the sixth time in seven games.

Golden State played without leading scorer Stephen Curry, who has missed six games with a left foot sprain.

Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Otto Porter Jr also sat out under various injury management situations, and facing the second game of a back-to-back.

That put the Warriors in an unfavourable position facing the Grizzlies.

Memphis was without leading scorer Ja Morant, who missed his fifth straight game with right knee soreness, and Jaren Jackson Jr, who sat out with right thigh soreness.

In Toronto, Pascal Siakam scored four of his season-best 40 points in overtime before fouling out and added 13 rebounds as the hosts Toronto Raptors defeated the undermanned Boston Celtics 115-112.

Boston was without Jayson Tatum (knee), Jaylen Brown (knee), Robert Williams (knee) and Al Horford (personal).

Dejounte Murray scored a career-high 33 points to help the San Antonio Spurs hold on for a 123-120 win over the Houston Rockets and to inch closer to the final play-in spot in the Western Conference.

It was the fourth straight victory for the Spurs, who moved within one-half game of the Los Angeles Lakers for the 10th spot in the West.

The Atlanta Hawks got 29 points from Bogdan Bogdanovic and double-doubles from Clint Capela and Trae Young to defeat the Indiana Pacers 132-123.

The New York Knicks kept their flickering playoff hopes alive by fending off the Chicago Bulls 109-104 while the Miami Heat broke a season-worst four-game losing streak with a 123-100 over Sacramento.

In Charlotte, the Denver Nuggets held on to beat the Charlotte Hornets 113-109.

Despite losing big man Evan Mobley due to a sprained left ankle, the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Orlando Magic 107-101.

And in an overtime thriller, Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 134-131.

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