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The Memphis Grizzlies returned to possessing the best record in the NBA on Sunday night with a comfortable win over rivals the Los Angeles Clippers.
Memphis (12-2) secured the win behind 30 points and 12 rebounds from Marc Gasol who continued to dominate in games against their Western Conference rivals, and it was the second straight game in which the Spaniard scored at least 30 points.
Six Grizzlies reached double scoring figures in the win including Courtney Lee, Tony Allen, Beno Udrih and Quincy Pondexter as they made it eight wins in eight games at home so far this season.
The Clippers had 19 points off Jamal Crawford while Chris Paul had 22 points and five assists, but it wasn’t enough for the visitors to stop the momentum that is building at the FedEx Forum.
Staying in the West, the Oklahoma City Thunder slipped to 3-12 for the season after losing their sixth straight game despite Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson struggling.
Marreese Speights stepped up to take the load as he scored 28 points to help the Warriors to the win, as Golden State improve to 10-2 for the season.
Reggie Jackson responded with 22 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists, but there wasn’t enough support to push the Warriors harder right across the 48 minutes.
It went beyond regulation in Los Angeles on Sunday as the Lakers were unable to defeat the Denver Nuggets at the Staples Center.
Kobe Bryant had 27 points and six rebounds, but Ty Lawson ensured the road team picked up the win to move to 6-7 after he scored 18 points and laid on 16 assists.
As for the Lakers, they fall to 3-11 for the season while there were wins for the Portland Trail Blazers and Miami Heat on Sunday night.
Los Angeles Clippers 91-107 Memphis Grizzlies
Portland Trail Blazers 94-88 Boston Celtics
Charlotte Hornets 93-94 Miami Heat
Golden State Warriors 91-86 Oklahoma City Thunder
Denver Nuggets 101-94 Los Angeles Lakers