MEMPHIS, Tenn. Shane Battier's four-point play with 1:58 left ended the Lakers' last comeback attempt, helping Memphis to a 105-95 victory over turnover-prone Los Angeles on Monday night.
The Lakers were uncommonly sloppy, committing turnovers on eight consecutive possessions early in the third quarter to let the game get away from them.
Kobe Bryant scored nine straight fourth-quarter points as the Lakers pulled to 97-89, but Battier hit a 3-pointer from the corner and was fouled by Bryant.
The Grizzlies left the floor to a standing ovation after handing the Lakers their second straight loss and defeating them for just the third time in 32 tries in franchise history.
Spurs 87, Jazz 78
SAN ANTONIO Tim Duncan returned to the lineup to score 16 points and grab 10 rebounds, and San Antonio honored former star David Robinson by retired his No. 50 in a postgame ceremony.
Duncan, who missed three games with a sprained left ankle, helped the Spurs beat the Jazz for the 14th straight time. Manu Ginobili added 18 points for the NBA champions.
Cavaliers 94, Knicks 80
CLEVELAND LeBron James scored 17 points all on jumpers and Chris Mihm had 19 for Cleveland.
The one rap on James was that he couldn't shoot from the outside, but the rookie star showed nice range in draining seven perimeter shots, including all three of his 3-point attempts.
Nuggets 105, Bulls 97
CHICAGO Tiny Earl Boykins came up with the biggest shot, hitting a 3-pointer with 38 seconds left to lead Denver.
Boykins finished with 14 points and nine assists. Rookie Carmelo Anthony had yet another big night, scoring 26 points and adding eight rebounds and three assists. Eddy Curry led the Bulls with 20 points.
Suns 99, Warriors 96
OAKLAND, Calif. Stephon Marbury and Joe Johnson each had 22 points in Phoenix's first road victory of the season.
Amare Stoudemire added 15 points and 18 rebounds for Phoenix.
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