Lakers down Celtics, snap 8-game home skid

Reuters/The Sports Xchange

Posted at Feb 22 2014 05:59 PM | Updated as of Feb 23 2014 01:59 AM

Guard MarShon Brooks provided the fourth-quarter spark in his Los Angeles Lakers debut as his new team snapped out of its home funk with a victory over the Boston Celtics, 101-92.

The Lakers trailed by 11 entering the final quarter but started it with a 13-2 run fueled by Brooks, who joined the team this week in a trade deal with the Golden State Warriors.

The Lakers halted their franchise-record home losing streak at eight games, and improved to 19-36. The Celtics (19-37) were denied their first road victory this season against a Western Conference opponent. (Editing by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; Editing by John O'Brien)

Grizzlies 102, Clippers 96

Power forward Zach Randolph scored 21 points and added 11 rebounds as the Memphis Grizzlies survived a parade of Los Angeles Clippers to the free-throw line.

The Clippers shot 43 free throws to 15 for Memphis, including 16 in the fourth quarter alone. Forward Blake Griffin finished with 28 points and 13 rebounds.

The Clippers, down 96-91 with 1:47 to play, scored their next five points from the foul line and closed to within two, at 98-96, with 1:05 left, but would not score again.

Bulls 117, Nuggets 89

Guard D.J. Augustin scored 22 points and rookie forward Tony Snell added a career-high 20 points as the Chicago Bulls rolled to a big victory over the Denver Nuggets.

Suns 106, Spurs 85

Forward Markieff Morris scored 21 points and guard Ish Smith keyed a run of 19 consecutive Phoenix points in the second quarter as the Suns pounded the travel-weary San Antonio Spurs.

The Suns (33-21) have won 11 of their past 15 games, while the Spurs finished their nine-game road trip 7-2.

They again played without guard Tony Parker, while guard Manu Ginobili logged just 13 minutes.

Trail Blazers 102, Jazz 94

Guard Damian Lillard scored 28 points and dished out seven assists as the Portland Trail Blazers used a fourth-quarter rally to overhaul the Utah Jazz at home.

Utah out-scored Portland 34-21 in the third quarter to turn a four-point halftime deficit into a 73-64 lead heading into the final period, but the Blazers scored the first 10 points of the final quarter to hit the front.