NBA roundup: Rockets beat slumping Grizzlies in Josh Smith's debut

Josh Smith, signed by Houston this week, scores 21 points to help his new team win at Memphis, 117-111 in OT

James Harden had 32 points and 10 assists, Josh Smith scored 21 points in his Houston debut, and the Rockets defeated the Memphis Grizzlies, 117-111, in overtime Friday night in Memphis, Tenn.

Trevor Ariza had 15 points for the Rockets, who took over the top spot in the Western Conference's Southwest Division. Dwight Howard had only six points in 29 foul-plagued minutes, but made four straight free throws in overtime.

Marc Gasol had 29 points for the Grizzlies, who lost their fourth in a row, the last three without injured forward Zach Randolph.

at New Orleans 97, San Antonio 90: Anthony Davis had 22 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks, and the Pelicans beat the slumping Spurs, who have lost six of seven. New Orleans, which notched a 100-99 victory in San Antonio on Nov. 8, has won two straight against the Spurs for only the second time in franchise history.

Milwaukee 107, at Atlanta 77: Reserve forward Jared Dudley made all 10 of his shots, including four three-pointers, and scored a season-high 24 points as the Bucks routed the Hawks, who had won five in a row and 14 of 15.

Cleveland 98, at Orlando 89: LeBron James had 29 points and eight assists, and the Cavaliers rallied to win without point guard Kyrie Irving, who was sidelined because of a bruised knee. The Magic has lost five of six.

at Oklahoma City 98, Charlotte 75: Russell Westbrook scored 29 points, and the Thunder, playing its fifth straight game without injured Kevin Durant (ankle), ended the Hornets' four-game winning streak.

Brooklyn 109, at Boston 107: Jarrett Jack made a tiebreaking jumper with 28 seconds left, lifting the Nets to their third straight win. Jack had 27 points for Brooklyn, which is 12-2 against sub-.500 teams.

at Portland 114, Philadelphia 93: Damian Lillard continued a recent hot streak with 28 points as the Trail Blazers eased past the 76ers. Lillard has averaged 27.4 point in his last 10 games.

Phoenix 115, at Sacramento 106: Marcus Morris had 20 points and nine rebounds off the bench and five other Suns scored in double figures against the Kings, who played without ailing center DeMarcus Cousins.

at Denver 106, Minnesota 102: Kenneth Faried had a career-high 25 rebounds to go along with 26 points, and the Nuggets beat the hapless Timberwolves.

at Detroit 119, Indiana 109: Greg Monroe had 19 points and 15 rebounds, Andre Drummond scored 20 points and the Pistons ended a four-game skid.

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