Nov 18 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Monday's National Basketball Association games.
Bulls 86, Bobcats 81
Forward Luol Deng scored 21 points, including a clutch three-pointer with 27.1 seconds left, to help the Chicago Bulls hold off the Charlotte Bobcats.
The Bulls held a one-point lead when point guard Derrick Rose fired a cross-court pass to Deng, who drained a long shot near the top of the key to give Chicago an 85-81 lead.
Guard Jimmy Butler added 14 points for the Bulls (6-3), who won their fifth consecutive game.
Grizzlies 106, Clippers 102
The Memphis Grizzlies hung on for a victory against the rival Los Angeles Clippers in the first regular season meeting between the teams.
In a matchup of teams that have battled in the last two playoffs, forward Zach Randolph and center Marc Gasol combined for 49 points and 24 rebounds, and the rugged Grizzlies forced the Clippers into 39.5 percent field-goal shooting.
Los Angeles twice crept within four points of the Grizzlies (6-5) over the final 30 seconds, but Randolph hit two free throws and then broke loose for an uncontested layup to keep the Clippers at arm's length.
Forward Blake Griffin had 23 points and 11 rebounds for the Clippers (7-4).
Trail Blazers 108, Nets 98
The Portland Trail Blazers outscored the Brooklyn Nets 52-35 in the second half in order to overcome their host's best first half of basketball this season on their way to a victory on Monday night.
Despite missing missing center Brook Lopez and guard Deron Williams to injury, Brooklyn (3-7) scored 63 points in the first half on 22-of-44 shooting.
But Portland (9-2) fought back for their seventh straight win behind 27 points from LaMarcus Aldridge and 25 from Wesley Matthews.
Thunder 115, Nuggets 113
Forward Kevin Durant scored 38 points, leading the Oklahoma City Thunder to a victory over the Denver Nuggets.
Durant drained a three-pointer to snap a 105-105 tie with 1:41 remaining and the Thunder (7-3) clinched the game at the free throw line.
Westbrook contributed 30 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists for Oklahoma City while Ty Lawson led Denver (4-6) with 29 points and eight assists.
Warriors 98, Jazz 87
Guard Steph Curry scored 22 points and dished out eight assists before leaving after hitting his head hard on the court in the fourth quarter of the Golden State Warriors' victory over the Utah Jazz.
Curry was sprawled on the court after tripping when Jazz forward Marvin Williams inadvertently fell onto him. He walked off the court and did not return for the final 8:49.
Guard Gordon Hayward scored 18 points with six rebounds, but the Jazz (1-11) fell for the third consecutive game after picking up their only win last Wednesday.
Mavericks 97, 76ers 94
Behind a big second half from guard Monta Ellis, the Dallas Mavericks finally subdued the scrappy but ultimately undermanned Philadelphia 76ers.
Philadelphia held the lead for nearly all of the first three quarters. However, Ellis had 13 points in the third quarter and finished with 24 points and 10 assists.
The Sixers, who again played without injured rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams, fell to 5-7. They are 1-5 after a 4-2 start.
- - (Editing by Sudipto Ganguly)