Allen provides spark in return


With Tony Allen back, the Memphis Grizzlies were able to turn up their defense pressure and hold off the Los Angeles Clippers down the stretch.

Zach Randolph had 21 points and 11 rebounds, Marc Gasol added 17 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks, and the Grizzlies survived a late rally for a 102-96 victory over the Clippers on Friday.

Allen, the Grizzlies’ defensive sparkplug, missed the previous 21 games with a sprained left wrist. His return sparked a defensive effort that held Los Angeles to 33 percent shooting in the second half.

Allen scored nine points on 4-of-4 shooting with two steals and a block. He said his goal was “to get in there and cause havoc.”

Blake Griffin led the Clippers with 28 points and 13 rebounds.

Lakers 101, Celtics 92

In Los Angeles, MarShon Brooks made his Lakers debut in style, scoring 10 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter.

Blazers 102, Jazz 94

In Portland, Damian Lillard had 28 points and the short-handed Trail Blazers came back from a third-quarter deficit to beat Utah.

Raptors 98, Cavaliers 91

In Toronto, Terrence Ross scored 20 points and Jonas Valanciunas had 18 for the Raptors.

Suns 106, Spurs 85

In Phoenix, Ish Smith scored a career-high 15 points and matched his career best of seven rebounds.

Bulls 117, Nuggets 89

In Chicago, D.J. Augustin had 22 points and eight assists for the Bulls.

Pistons 115, Hawks 107

In Auburn Hills, Michigan, Andre Drummond had 20 points and 11 rebounds for Detroit.

Mavericks 124, 76ers 112

In Philadelphia, Dirk Nowitzki scored 25 points and Shawn Marion had 22 for Dallas.

Bobcats 90, Pelicans 87

In Charlotte, Al Jefferson had 33 points and 10 rebounds as the Bobcats won their third straight since the All-Star break.

Magic 129, Knicks 121 (2OT)

In Orlando, Arron Afflalo had 32 points and rookie Victor Oladipo added 30 points and 14 assists.

Carmelo Anthony led New York with 44 points.