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UNDATED (AP) — Mike Conley drove for a layup with 0.6 seconds left to give Memphis a 92-90 win over Western Conference leading San Antonio for their third straight victory. The Spurs have dropped two in a row.

The Grizzlies matched their franchise record with their 50th win this season, and they won their 12th straight at home.

Conley scored the final five points and finished with 23.

Tony Parker had 25 points for the Spurs. He tried to beat the buzzer with a jumper that was too late.

In other NBA play;

— Omer Asik matched his career high with 22 points and grabbed 18 rebounds to lead Houston over the Orlando Magic 111-103. The Rockets managed to win despite being without two top scorers James Harden and Chandler Parsons who were sidelined for health reasons.

— Nikola Pekovic bruised and battered the overmatched Boston front line for 29 points to lead Minnesota to a 110-100 victory over the Celtics. Avery Bradley scored 19 points for Boston, which was playing without Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett.

— Roy Hibbert delivered 26 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out in Indiana’s 109-106 win at the Los Angeles Clippers. Paul George added 22 points for the Pacers, who picked up their fifth straight win to move a half-game ahead of New York for second place in the East. The Clippers failed to clinch the Pacific Division.

— Larry Sanders had a career-high 24 points and 13 rebounds as Milwaukee cruised to a 131-102 victory over Charlotte. Monta Ellis had 19 points, a career-high 14 assists and six steals to help Milwaukee pull 1 1/2 games behind seventh-place Boston in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

— Al Jefferson scored 24 points and Mo Williams hit six 3-pointers to send Utah to a 112-102 win over Portland. The Jazz extended their winning streak to a season-best five games. Trail Blazers rookie standout Damian Lillard added 17 points, including three 3-pointers to break the NBA’s single-season rookie record for 3s with 166.

— Devin Harris scored a season-high 25 points and Josh Smith just missed a triple-double as Atlanta beat Cleveland 102-94 to improve their chances of securing home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Smith had 18 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists to help the Hawks (42-33) pull within one game of Brooklyn (42-31) for fourth place in the Eastern Conference.

— Greg Monroe scored 24 points, Jose Calderon had 19 points and nine assists against his former team, and the Detroit snapped a three-game losing streak by beating Toronto 108-98.

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