O.J. Mayo had 22 points and a career-high 16 rebounds and Mike Conley produced 18 and eight assists to lead the host Memphis Grizzlies to an 85-80 victory over the short-handed New Orleans Hornets (30-19) last night.
Peja Stojakovic scored 23 points to lead the Hornets, who were without their top three players in Chris Paul, Tyson Chandler and David West. Paul and Chandler were out with injuries, and West was suspended for the game after his flagrant foul against Minnesota's Mike Miller on Sunday.
Amare Stoudemire shrugged off persistent trade rumors and scored 19 for the Suns (28-22).
Bobcats 94, Clippers 73: : Emeka Okafor had 19 points and 16 rebounds, Vladimir Radmanovic hit three fourth-quarter three-pointers in his Charlotte debut, and the host Bobcats (20-31) pulled away from Los Angeles (12-40) to break a five-game losing streak.
Off the court
Timberwolves: : Center Al Jefferson, the cornerstone of the franchise's rebuilding plan who has emerged as one of the best post players in the NBA, will miss the rest of the season with a torn ligament in his right knee.
Coach Kevin McHale said Jefferson, the team's leading scorer and rebounder, at 23.1 points and 11 rebounds per game, will likely have surgery to repair the injury in the next week to 10 days.
Jefferson hurt his knee when he landed awkwardly late in Sunday's loss to New Orleans. He was examined yesterday, when the anterior cruciate ligament tear was discovered.
It was devastating news for a Timberwolves team that has been playing better in 2009 after a 4-23 start to the season. With Jefferson the focal point, the Wolves went 10-4 in January.
Barkley: : Charles Barkley will sit out TNT's coverage of All-Star weekend in Phoenix, where he was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving Dec. 31, before returning to the air in sometime the second half of the season.
Mavericks: : Guard Jason Terry had surgery to stabilize a fracture in his left hand, and the team said there is no timetable for his return.
Cavaliers: : Starting guard Sasha Pavlovic could miss up to six weeks with a sprained right.