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MEMPHIS -- The Memphis Grizzlies and Portland Trail Blazers both enter Sundays matchup at the FedEx Forum with mediocre 3-3 records. Oilers Jerseys China . But think where each of the teams would be without their All-Star point guards.Mike Conley of Memphis is averaging 21.8 points and 6.6 assists per game. The 10th-year pro, who signed a five-year, $153-million contract extension in the offseason, scored 30 points and dished out 10 assists as the Grizzlies fell 99-88 at home to the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night.Damian Lillard of Portland ranks third in the NBA in scoring at 34.2 points a game.In his fifth NBA season, Lillard, signed to a five-year, $120-million contract extension in the offseason, scored 15 of his 42 points in the fourth quarter to lift the Trail Blazers past Dallas 105-95 on Friday night at American Airlines Center.During Conleys first career 30/10 game, he became the first player in Memphis history with 30 points 10 assists and no turnovers and the first Grizzly since Wayne Ellington in 2012 to knock down seven 3-pointers.It wasnt enough to rescue the Grizzlies, who shot 36.9 percent from the field against the Clippers. Memphis also yielded 19 turnovers that resulted in 30 L.A. points.I sensed frustration from a lot of (teammates) because their individual games werent going well, because they werent making shots, because we were turning the ball over, Conley told the Memphis Commercial Appeal.I told myself, Ive got to do something aggressive and make plays. I tried to do whatever it took to get us back in the game.Aside from Conley, the Grizzlies combined to miss 14 of their first 15 shots. Center Marc Gasol started 1 for 11 before catching a rhythm to finish with 21 points on 7-for-18 shooting to go with nine rebounds.Memphis coach David Fizdale was unhappy with his teams sloppiness on offense, which he said led to poor defense.We did a crap job of getting back with too many guys gambling in the backcourt and (with) fake hustle, Fizzle said. We werent committed to our transition defense.The turnovers killed us, and (getting outscored) 31-8 in fast break points ... that is just losing basketball. We have to really tighten that up.Lillard made 4 of 5 shots from the field and 6 of 6 free throws in the fourth quarter as Portland kept Dallas at bay and snapped a two-game losing streak.The Oakland native finished with 12-for-18 shooting, including 5 for 5 from 3-point range, to go with four rebounds and four assists.Sensational, amazing, All-Star, MVP, teammate CJ McCollum told reporters afterward. He was big tonight. He had some huge shots throughout the game, kept us afloat.Added Portland coach Terry Stotts: Damian has done a lot already in his young career, but that might have been his best game. His performance was remarkable.Lillard is one of five players to have scored 200 or more points in the first six games of a season over the last 30 years, joining Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Shaquille ONeal and Stephen Curry.Hes making a statement, Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. Hes establishing himself as an early MVP candidate.Lillard became the first player since ONeal in 1994 to score at least 27 points in each of his first six games. Edmonton Oilers Shirts . Boucher previously coached the Tampa Bay Lightning and had a 97-78-20 record over two-plus seasons. He was dismissed by the team last March after the Lightning struggled in the lockout-shortened season with a 13-18-1 record. Oilers Jerseys 2020 . Here are his mid-season NBA awards. MVP: (KEVIN DURANT-Thunder) - Has been sensational this season and more importantly, the most consistent player in the league. Considering that his team has been without star guard Russell Westbrook and with the free agent departure of sharpshooter Kevin Martin, hes had to carry the majority of the load to not only keep his team afloat but more importantly, at an elite level. . It was Kerbers third final of the year after losing to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia in Monterrey in April and to Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic in Tokyo two weeks ago. The 10th-ranked German improved her record in finals to 3-5.CHICAGO -- Whether he earns an invitation or not, Francisco Liriano at least is pitching like an All-Star. The arm problems and struggles that weighed him down in recent seasons appear to be behind him. Now, all hes doing is breezing through opposing lineups. Liriano pitched a four-hitter for his first complete game in more than two years, and the Pittsburgh Pirates won for the 11th time in 13 games, beating the Chicago Cubs 6-2 on Friday. "This is an exclamation point to what hes been doing, to finish that game off today. In command throughout," manager Clint Hurdle said. An All-Star as a rookie in 2006, Liriano went the distance for the first time since he tossed a no-hitter for Minnesota against the White Sox on May 3, 2011. He struck out seven and walked four to improve 5-1 in his last six starts while tossing the first complete game by a Pittsburgh pitcher this season. He also had an RBI single. The rosters for this years All-Star game at Citi Field in New York will be announced on Saturday. The Pirates, meanwhile, continue to roll along. They came in with the best record in the majors and a two-game lead over St. Louis in the NL Central, and they matched a season high by going 21 games over .500 on a day when the Cubs Jeff Samardzija (5-8) couldnt keep the ball down in the zone. Starling Marte had three hits to extend his streak to 10 games, scored two runs and stole two bases to back another strong start by Liriano (8-3). The left-hander gave up a two-run homer to Scott Hairston but not much else while improving to 3-0 against the Cubs this season. "Im having pretty good success here in Chicago," Liriano said. Hes having success, period. After back-to-back seasons with ERAs above 5.00, hes at 2.20 after this gem. Hes consistently plowing through opponents in a way he hasnt since he was starting out with the Twins and before he had Tommy John elbow surgery. That caused him to miss the 2007 season, and hes had his ups and downs since then. He was certainly in command on Friday, one home run aside. "I made one mistake, fastball right down the middle, so it was a home run," Liriano said. "After that everything was down in the zone." That drive by Hairston came after Liriano knocked in the games first run in the top half with a single over shortstop Starlin Castros glove. The hit was just his fourth in 35 at-bats. It also gave him his first RBI since he was with Minnesota in 2011 and three in his career. Garrett Jones, whos from suburban Tinley Park, Ill., had two hits. Edmonton Oilers Pro Shop. He drove in a run and scored one before Gaby Sanchez replaced him at first in the seventh inning. Neil Walker delivered an RBI triple and scored during a three-run third that gave the Pirates a 4-2 lead and sent them to their seventh straight road win. For Samardzija, it was simply a rough day. The 6-foot-5 right-hander gave up five runs in six innings, allowing nine hits for the second time in three starts while walking five. It was the most for him since he issued six against St. Louis last July 28. "Everything was up in the zone," said Samardzija, who also hit a batter. "Good pitches for them to hit. You mix that with being behind in the count, youre going to put yourself in a battle." Samardzija couldnt protect the lead after Hairston went deep off Liriano in the second, immediately giving up three in the third. Centre fielder Dave Sappelt didnt help matters when he took a bad angle trying to cut off a drive by Walker after Marte led off with a bunt single, resulting in an RBI triple. Jones drove in a run with a single and Andrew McCutcheon raced home from third on a double steal as Jones swiped second on a high throw while Russell Martin struck out, making it 4-2. Chicago catcher Dioner Navarro got banged up in the eighth trying to pick Marte off third. He said his hand hit plate umpire Vic Carapazzas mask and his elbow hit McCutchens bat, leaving him numb momentarily, but he stayed in the game. Castro committed a mistake on the bases in the bottom half with the Cubs down four. He doubled with two out and got caught off second by the catcher, Martin, with Navarro batting. "Its not a smart play," Castro said. "I feel really, really bad. That cant happen. Down by four, eighth inning, that run is not important. I was trying to be aggressive, but that cant happen." NOTES: A.J. Burnett will start Sunday for the Pirates after being sidelined the past month by a strained right calf, Hurdle said. The veteran right-hander is 4-6 with a 3.12 ERA in 14 starts. ... Cubs manager Dale Sveum said OF David DeJesus, on the 15-day DL with a sprained right shoulder, has started swinging off a tee and can raise his arm over his head. He said theres no timetable for a return. Sveum also said OF Brian Bogusevic is day to day after leaving Thursdays game at Oakland because of tightness in his left hamstring. ... RHP Charlie Morton (1-1, 2.50 ERA) makes his fifth start for the Pirates on Saturday, with RHP Edwin Jackson (4-10, 5.75) pitching for the Cubs. ' ' '

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