Grizzlies beat ragged Hornets

The Baltimore Sun

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.

Hakim Warrick had 15 points and a season-high 14 rebounds, and Marc Gasol added 10 points and 10 rebounds for Memphis (15-36), which has won two straight and four of its past five.

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.

76ers 108, Suns 91: : Thaddeus Young scored 25 points and Marreese Speights had a career-high 24 to lift host Philadelphia to its third straight win.

Andre Iguodala scored 22 points and Samuel Dalembert grabbed 11 rebounds to help the Sixers (26-24) move two games above .500 for the first time this season.

Amare Stoudemire shrugged off persistent trade rumors and scored 19 for the Suns (28-22).

Bucks 124, Rockets 112: : Charlie Villanueva scored 25 points, grabbed eight rebounds and sparked a second-half run as host Milwaukee (25-29) broke an eight-game skid against Houston (31-21).

Ramon Sessions scored 26, Richard Jefferson added 25 and reserve Charlie Bell had 21 for the Bucks, who are missing three starters to injury.

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.

Jefferson is one of only three players, along with Orlando's Dwight Howard and San Antonio's Tim Duncan, to average at least 20 points and 10 rebounds a game this season.

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.

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