AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Jeff Teague scored 14 of his 18 points in the third quarter, then helped the Atlanta Hawks hold on with a
spectacular blocked shot in the final minutes of a 96-89 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Friday night.
Detroit trailed 92-89 when Brandon Jennings appeared to have a clean breakaway for an easy layup. The 6-foot-2 Teague recovered and came leaping from behind to block the shot at the last instant. Then he threw an alley-oop to Al Horford at the other end.
Josh Smith, who signed a $54 million, four-year deal with Detroit in the off-season after nine seasons with the Hawks, was left out of the starting lineup for the first time this season. He went scoreless in 20 minutes.
GRIZZLIES: Center Marc Gasol left Memphis’ game against the San Antonio Spurs with a sprained left knee.
Team personnel said Gasol would not return to Friday night’s game and that the Grizzlies medical staff would evaluate the injury today.
Gasol grabbed his knee while under the Spurs basket with 10:24 left in the second period and San Antonio leading 30-23. He never went down, but went straight to the Memphis locker room. He had not returned to the bench before halftime, when Memphis announced the injury. Gasol had two points on 1-of-3 shooting.
KNICKS: Coach Mike Woodson was fined $25,000 for public criticism of officials, the NBA said Friday.
In an interview Thursday on ESPN New York, Woodson said that Carmelo Anthony isn’t getting “superstar” calls.
“Absolutely. And I’m not going to shy away from that, either. I think Melo gets hit more than ever,” Woodson said in his weekly radio spot.
“I’ve been at this thing 30 years, and sometimes I’m starting to wonder what’s a foul and what’s not a foul.”
Woodson specifically mentioned a play late in the Knicks’ overtime loss to the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday in which he felt Anthony was fouled. No call was made.
OBITUARY: Vern Mikkelsen, a Hall of Famer who won four NBA titles with the Minneapolis Lakers, died on Thursday. He was 85.
Mikkelsen was a six-time All-Star during 10 years with the Lakers.