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NBA: Memphis 88, Houston 87

Jan. 24, 2014 at 11:34 PM   |   Comments

HOUSTON, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- James Johnson's layup with 1:58 to play gave Memphis a four-point lead Friday, and even though they did not score again the Grizzlies defeated Houston 88-87.

Memphis survived a record 3-point shooting display by Chandler Parsons to win for the sixth time in seven games.

Parsons scored a career-high 34 points and made 10 3-pointers during the third and fourth periods. That set an NBA all-time record for most 3-pointers in a half.

Johnson's basket gave Houston an 88-84 lead and Parsons hit the last of his 3-pointers with 1:54 to go to bring the Rockets within one.

Memphis missed its only two shots the rest of the way and the Grizzlies suffered a turnover as well. Houston, however, could not make any of its final four shots, the last of which came from Patrick Beverley at the buzzer.

Courtney Lee led the Grizzlies in scoring with 19 points. Zach Randolph added 15 points and eight rebounds.

Houston had won its previous three games.

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