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Grizzlies on verge of upset Memphis opens 3-1 series lead with win

Mike Conley had 15 points and seven assists to help the eighth-seeded Memphis Grizzlies rout the San Antonio Spurs 104-86 on Monday night and grab a commanding 3-1 lead in their opening series.

The Grizzlies already had made franchise history by winning their first playoff game in Game 1 and added their first playoff win at home. Now they are a game away from becoming the second eighth seed to knock off a No. 1 seed since the NBA expanded to a best-of-seven series and join the 2007 Golden State Warriors.

Darrell Arthur added 14 points off the bench for Memphis. Tony Allen had 12, Zach Randolph and O.J. Mayo 11 apiece.

Tony Parker led the Spurs with 23 points.


Mavs a win away

DALLAS -- Dirk Nowitzki scored 11 of his 25 points in the third quarter and the Dallas Mavericks avoided another late collapse to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 93-82 Monday night to take a 3-2 lead in their first-round series.

Tyson Chandler had 14 points and 20 rebounds -- his most ever in a playoff game -- and Jason Kidd had 14 assists to make sure Dallas bounced back strong from blowing a 23-point lead over the final 14 minutes of Game Four.


Today's games

* It would probably take a broken bone for Derrick Rose to miss a playoff game, so consider this good news for the Chicago Bulls.

His sprained left ankle is just that -- sprained.

Rose plans to suit up for Game Five tonight (8 p.m., TNT) when the Bulls try again to close out their series with the Indiana Pacers.

"It's getting better every day," he said. "I've been getting treatment on it the last couple of days, coming in in the morning, coming in at night. Hopefully, it'll be ready. It's not broken so I'm definitely playing."

The swelling has gone down, although he plans to get a painkilling shot before the game. He did sit out Monday's practice, but the Bulls can breathe a little easier knowing that an MRI confirmed there was no major structural damage.

* Time has just about run out for the Orlando Magic to shake off their shooting woes. The series with the Atlanta Hawks swings back to Orlando tonight for Game Five.

As a team, the Orlando is shooting 40 percent from the field and just 20 percent from the three-point line in the series.

* Kobe Bryant is limping on a sprained left ankle that might be a bit more serious than the countless injuries he has managed through in the past few seasons. After getting ice and massage during the Los Angeles Lakers' flight home, he refused any further treatment, preferring to head into Game Five tonight (10:30 p.m., TNT) against the New Orleans Hornets without knowing the full extent of his latest injury.

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