Spurs cruise past Grizzlies; Clippers rout Lakers

The Sports Xchange/Reuters

Posted at Apr 07 2014 03:24 PM | Updated as of Apr 07 2014 11:24 PM

San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (right) looks to pass as Memphis Grizzlies forward James Johnson (center) and Kosta Koufos (left) defend during the second half at AT&T Center. Photo by Soobum Im, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

Spurs 112, Grizzlies 92

San Antonio guard Tony Parker converted all four of his shots in the first quarter before leaving with back spasm, as the Spurs cruised to another victory.

Kawhi Leonard and Manu Ginobili scored 26 points apiece and the NBA-best Spurs (60-17) opened up a 4.5-game lead atop the Western Conference.

James Johnson led Memphis with a season-high 20 points but it was a damaging loss for the Grizzlies (45-32) who trail the final Western Conference playoff spot by one game.

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Mavericks 93, Kings 91

Monta Ellis scored 23 points and made two 3-pointers in the final 3.5 minutes, one the old-fashioned way, as the Dallas Mavericks held off the Sacramento Kings to extend their longest road winning streak in three seasons.

The Mavericks (47-31) have won five straight away from home and are in seventh place in the NBA's Western Conference standings, a half-game ahead of Phoenix.

Rudy Gay scored a game-high 32 points for the Kings (27-50), his third effort of at least 30 points in his past five games.

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Clippers 120, Lakers 97

Point guard Chris Paul and forward Blake Griffin scored 23 points each as the Clippers pounded the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Clippers (55-23) captured the season series, winning three of four, from the Lakers for the second year in a row.

They also helped the Lakers match the worst record (30-52) in franchise history, tying this year's squad with the 1974-75 club.

Center Jordan Hills led the Lakers with 22 points and nine rebounds.