Rockets surprise Grizzlies
The Houston Rockets overcame the absence of three starters to beat Memphis 105-96 on Wednesday, moving within one game of the Grizzlies, who sit atop the NBA's Southwest Division.
In the day's other notable results, Dallas' Monta Ellis came up with the clutch shot for the second straight night as the Mavericks edged Milwaukee, San Antonio's eight-game winning streak ended in an overtime loss at Brooklyn, and Philadelphia finally got their first win of the season after 17 straight defeats.
Houston played without three starters, including Dwight Howard who missed his seventh straight game with a strained right knee.
James Harden scored 21 points, and Trevor Ariza and Jason Terry added 16 as the Rockets ended Memphis' run of five straight losses.
Dallas won 107-105 at Milwaukee, thanks to a wild, fallaway jumper at the buzzer by Monta Ellis.
Ellis scored 23, with eight in the final two minutes on what otherwise had been a bad shooting night for the Mavericks' top scorer, playing against his former team.
Brandon Knight scored 25 points for the Bucks in their third straight loss.