Grizzlies frustrate George, Pacers

The Sports Xchange/Reuters

Posted at Mar 23 2014 12:35 PM | Updated as of Mar 23 2014 08:35 PM

Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol (33) lays the ball up against Indiana Pacers at FedExForum. Photo by Justin Ford, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters.

Grizzlies 82, Pacers 71

Mike Conley scored 21 points, Zach Randolph added 18 points and 13 rebounds and Mike Miller scored 13 to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to an 82-71 victory over the Indiana Pacers.

The Grizzles (41-28) extended their home winning streak to nine and won for the 15th time in their last 17 games at FedExForum.

Indiana (51-19) were led by Lance Stephenson, who had 15. Paul George, the Pacers' leading scorer, was held to eight points on 2-of-10 shooting. He entered the game with a 22.1 average.

Leading 43-30 at the half, the Grizzlies maintained a double-digit lead throughout the third quarter and extended their advantage to 15 on several occasions.

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Bobcats 124, Trail Blazers 94

Al Jefferson, Kemba Walker and Gerald Henderson combined for 77 points in basically three quarters as the Charlotte Bobcats routed the Portland Trail Blazers 124-94.

Jefferson finished with 28 points and did not play at all in the fourth quarter with the Bobcats leading by as many as 34.

Walker hit four of five three-pointers and finished with 26 points, sitting out the final nine minutes. Henderson added 23 points, also all in the first three quarters.

The Bobcats surged to a 26-point lead in the first half, led 69-46 at halftime, and then never let the Trail Blazers get closer than 17 in the second half.

The victory allowed the Bobcats (34-36) to retain the No. 7 spot in the Eastern Conference standings with 12 games left.

The Trail Blazers (45-25) lost for the sixth time in their last nine games.

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Rockets 118, Cavaliers 111

All-Star guard James Harden fired in 37 points in the Houston Rockets' 118-111 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

He hit the Cavaliers with a 17-point barrage in the third quarter, including a rare four-point play. He helped the Rockets (47-22) post their third consecutive victory.

Harden, who did not play in the fourth quarter, converted nine of 15 shots from the field, five of eight from behind the arc and all 14 from the foul line.

Dion Waiters paced the Cavaliers (26-44) with 26 points, four rebounds and eight assists.