Grizzlies Erase 26 Point Deficit – NBA Roundup
UNDATED (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies own a share of the NBA's Western Conference lead at 8-1 after storming back from a 26-point deficit.
Courtney Lee hit a buzzer-beating layup to complete the Grizzlies' 111-110 triumph over Sacramento. Lee had 16 points on 6 of 9 shooting for the Grizzlies, who trailed 44-18 early in the second quarter before improving to 6-0 in the Western Conference.
Mike Conley led Memphis with 22 points and 11 assists, while Marc Gasol (gah-SAHL') had 20 points.
Like the Grizzlies, the Golden State Warriors own an 8-1 record following a 107-99 triumph over Brooklyn. Klay Thompson finished with 25 points despite hitting just eight of his 22 shots. Draymond Green delivered 17 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, while Stephen (STEH'-fehn) Curry added 17 points to the win.
Meanwhile, the Philadelphia 76ers' horrendous start got a little worse as they allowed the Dallas Mavericks to post the most lopsided victory in team history. Dirk Nowitzki needed just 20 minutes to score 21 points in the Mavs' 123-70 rout of the Sixers. Monta Ellis added 17 points for the Mavs, while Chandler Parsons and Brandan Wright each had 14.
The 0-8 76ers remain the NBA's only winless team. Michael Carter-Williams made his season debut for the Sixers and scored a team-high 19 points on 6 of 19 from the field.
Also in the NBA:
— Chicago and Toronto share the Eastern Conference lead at 7-2 after Pao Gasol (pow gah-SAHL') poured in 27 points and had nine rebounds in the Bulls' 100-93 win over the Raptors. Jimmy Butler had a strong performance, scoring 21 points on 7 of 10 shooting and finishing with nine rebounds and six assists. Derrick Rose added 20 points for the Bulls, who trailed by seven before outscoring Toronto 35-14 in the third quarter.
NEW YORK (AP) — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says he "couldn't disagree more" with comments made by Players Association executive director Michele Roberts about the league's salary system.
Roberts told ESPN.com in an interview that the salary cap was "un-American."
Silver noted in a statement that there was nothing un-American in a unionized industry to have collective bargaining for paying employees.
The cap limits the total amount teams can spend on player salaries and is at an all-time high of $63.1 million.
NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA is expanding the All-Star ballot to include all players, and pushing back the start of voting so fans can better consider their choices.
Voting for the Feb. 15 game in New York will open Dec. 11. It traditionally began this week, when teams aren't even 10 games into their seasons.
The ballot on NBA.com will for the first time feature every player in the league.