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Memphis Grizzlies guard Nick Calathes (12) has the ball knocked away by Atlanta Hawks guard Louis Williams (3) on a drive for the basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, in Atlanta. Memphis won 79-76. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
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First Published Feb 09 2014 10:48 am • Last Updated Feb 09 2014 11:27 pm

SUNS 122, WARRIORS 109

PHOENIX • Goran Dragic scored 13 of his career-high 34 points in the final seven minutes and Phoenix pulled away for a victory over depleted Golden State.

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Dragic, who also had 10 assists, topped 30 points for the sixth time this season as the Suns (30-20) pulled a half-game ahead of the Warriors (30-21) for the sixth-best record in the Western Conference.

Gerald Green added 25 points and P.J. Tucker had 16 points and a career-best 15 rebounds for Phoenix.

Stephen Curry had 28 points and Harrison Barnes 23 for the Warriors, who were without front-line starters Andrew Bogut and David Lee.

GRIZZLIES 79, HAWKS 76

ATLANTA • Zach Randolph scored 20 points and Memphis set an NBA record with only one free throw attempt while continuing its pattern of winning on the road with a victory over Atlanta.

Memphis’ single free throw attempt is the record low since the shot-clock era was introduced in 1954-55, according to STATS. Cleveland (1994) and New Orleans (2004) shared the previous low of two free throw attempts.

The Hawks set a season scoring low after leading 29-27 following the first period. Atlanta was held to a combined 25 points in the second and third periods.


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Paul Millsap had 20 points and 11 rebounds for Atlanta, which has lost three straight. The Grizzlies ended a two-game skid.

Atlanta’s Lou Williams missed a 3-pointer with about 1 second remaining.

Memphis has held eight straight road opponents to no more than 90 points. The Grizzlies, one game under .500 at home, are 14-8 on the road.

Courtney Lee scored 14 points and Nick Calathes had 10 for Memphis.

PISTONS 126, NUGGETS 109

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. • Brandon Jennings had a season-high 35 points to go with 12 assists, Josh Smith had 30 points and Detroit avoided another fourth-quarter collapse to win a shootout with Denver.

The game didn’t quite match Detroit’s 186-184 triple-overtime win over Denver 30 years ago, but still saw 11 players score in double figures and the Pistons put up a season high in points.

Rodney Stuckey added 19 points for Detroit, while Andre Drummond had 18 points and 15 rebounds.

Randy Foye led the Nuggets with 25 points, while Wilson Chandler scored 20 and J.J. Hickson added 15 points and 16 rebounds. Denver lost point guard Ty Lawson to a back strain late in the first half. Evan Fournier replaced him at the start of the second half, with Foye moving from shooting guard to the point.

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