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NBA: Green's second half sparks Suns past Lakers

2014-01-15T20:21:00Z 2014-01-15T22:46:04Z NBA: Green's second half sparks Suns past LakersThe Associated Press The Associated Press
January 15, 2014 8:21 pm  • 

PHOENIX — Gerald Green had a strong second half to finish with a season-high 28 points and lead the Suns in a 121-114 victory over the Lakers on Wednesday night.

Channing Frye had 10 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, and Markieff Morris scored 17 of his 24 in the first half to help the Suns snap a three-game skid. Goran Dragic added 18 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists.

Pau Gasol scored 24 points to lead the Lakers, and Wesley Johnson had 22 against his former team.

Green scored 16 of his points in the third quarter.

After the Lakers tied the score at 91 with Johnson’s three-pointer at the 9:53 mark of the fourth quarter, back-to-back layups from Suns reserve Ish Smith made it 102-93, and the Suns were never seriously threatened the rest of the way.

Spurs 109, Jazz 105: In San Antonio, Tony Parker had 25 points and nine assists, San Antonio escaped a late rally by Utah, and the Spurs extended their winning streak to six games.

Utah closed the game on a 19-7 run, but was unable to complete the rally after falling behind by 18 points in the second half.

Wizards 114, Heat 97: In Washington, the Wizards had a 34-point lead over Miami reduced to single digits before holding on for a victory in Greg Oden’s first game in more than four years.

Oden, who has struggled to overcome knee injuries throughout his NBA career, played nine minutes for Miami and scored six points.

Bulls 128, Magic 125, 3OT: In Orlando, Fla., Joakim Noah had a season-high 26 points, Carlos Boozer scored 23, and Chicago held on to beat Orlando in triple-overtime.

Rockets 103, Pelicans 100: In New Orleans, James Harden capped a 26-point performance with a tiebreaking jumper with 28 seconds left, and Houston held on for its third straight victory.

Celtics 88, Raptors 83: In Boston, Jared Sullinger scored 25 points and grabbed a career-best 20 rebounds, Avery Bradley had 20 points, and Boston held on to snap a nine-game losing streak.

76ers 95, Bobcats 92: In Philadelphia, Thaddeus Young made the go-ahead three-pointer with 3.2 seconds left to lift Philadelphia.

Grizzlies 82, Bucks 77: In Milwaukee, Mike Conley and James Johnson each scored 15 points, and Memphis won its season-high fourth straight game.

Kings 111, Timberwolves 108: In Minneapolis, Rudy Gay had 33 points, five rebounds and six assists, and Isaiah Thomas had 26 points and seven assists to lead Sacramento.

Trail Blazers 108, Cavaliers 96: In Portland, Ore., LaMarcus Aldridge scored 32 points and had 18 rebounds to lead Portland.

Denver at Golden State: Late

Dallas at L.A. Clippers: Late

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