Mike Conley leads Memphis to its eighth win in a row

Memphis Grizzlies 94, Charlotte Bobcats 87

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Memphis' Marreese Speights (left) and Charlotte's  Byron Mullens chase a loose ball in Saturday's game. The Grizzlies won by 7 for their eighth consecutive win.  CHUCK BURTON/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Memphis' Marreese Speights (left) and Charlotte's Byron Mullens chase a loose ball in Saturday's game. The Grizzlies won by 7 for their eighth consecutive win.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Mike Conley scored 20 points and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Charlotte Bobcats 94-87 on Saturday night for their eighth consecutive victory.

Zach Randolph added 18 points and 12 rebounds, and three other players scored in double figures for the Grizzlies, who own the NBA’s best record at 8-1. Rudy Gay had 16 points and Marc Gasol and Tony Allen scored 12 apiece.

Memphis led by as many as 17 points in the fourth quarter.

Byron Mullens scored 18 points and Kemba Walker added 17 for the Bobcats.

Charlotte cut the Grizzlies’ lead to five points three times in the final period, the last at 92-87 on Bismack Biyombo’s dunk with 13 seconds remaining.

Charlotte had won three in a row.

CELTICS 107, RAPTORS 89

In Boston, Jason Terry scored 20 points and Rajon Rondo tied his season high with 20 as Boston beat Toronto.

Paul Pierce added 19 points and six rebounds and Kevin Garnett scored 15 for Boston, which took a 17-point lead in first quarter, then held off several runs by the Raptors before pulling away midway through the second half.

Rookie Jared Sullinger had his first career double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Andrea Bargnani and John Lucas led Toronto with 15 points apiece. DeMar DeRozan, Jose Calderon, Terrence Ross and Linas Kleiza scored 10 each for Toronto.

MAVERICKS 103, CAVALIERS 95

In Cleveland, O.J. Mayo scored 19 points and Dallas used a pair of 9-0 runs in the fourth quarter to defeat Cleveland.

Chris Kaman scored 15 points while Vince Carter and Darren Collison added 14 apiece for Dallas, which won on the road for the second time in six games.

Kyrie Irving, who left the game briefly in the third quarter with a finger injury, led Cleveland with 26 points.

The Cavaliers lost their fifth consecutive game.

JAZZ 83, WIZARDS 76

In Washington, Al Jefferson scored 21 points, Gordon Hayward added 15 in his first game as a reserve this season, and Utah kept Washington winless by beating the Wizards.

The Jazz committed 19 turnovers but pulled away in the fourth quarter while closing a four-game road trip with a sloppy performance – and got away with it because they were playing the Wizards.

Washington became only the second team in NBA history to start 0-8 in back-to-back seasons.

The Jazz entered the game 1-6 on the road and were playing the second half of a back-to-back following a loss to Philadelphia on Friday.


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