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Memphis' sixth consecutive victory in the series extended their fastest start in franchise history to an NBA-best 12-2 mark.

LOS ANGELES - Rudy Gay scored 18 points, Mike Conley and Spaniard Marc Gasol had 17 apiece, and the Memphis Grizzlies roared past the visiting Detroit Pistons 90-78 on Friday night for their fourth straight victory.

Memphis' sixth consecutive victory in the series extended their fastest start in franchise history to an NBA-best 12-2 mark.

The hot Grizzlies warmed up for a road test this weekend against the San Antonio Spurs, in a showdown of Western Conference heavyweights.

Greg Monroe had 17 points with nine rebounds, while Tayshaun Prince scored 15 for the careless Pistons (5-12 ), who committed 22 turnovers, resulting in a whopping 31 Grizzlies' points.

Elsewhere, Antawn Jamison had a season-high 33 points with 12 rebounds, Dwight Howard added 28 points, 20 rebounds and just his second career triple in the closing seconds, as the Los Angeles Lakers rocked the visiting Denver Nuggets, 122-103, to improve to 3-3 under coach Mike D'Antoni.

Jodie Meeks fired in 21 points, hitting seven of the Lakers' franchise-tying 17 threes en route to their highest scoring game of the season. Italy's Danilo Gallinari topped the Nuggets with 19 points.

Kevin Durant dropped in 25 points, Russell Westbrook had 23 with 13 rebounds, eight assists and a season-high seven steals, and the Oklahoma City Thunder rolled to their fourth straight victory, 106-94 over the Utah Jazz, who received a career-high 18 points from Enes Kanter.

Joe Johnson tossed in 22 points, Gerald Wallace drained five threes en route to 20 and the visiting Brooklyn Nets won their fifth in a row, 98-86, over the Orlando Magic, who got 16 points from Glen Davis.

Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith tallied 20 points apiece, and the New York Knicks (11-4 ) remained tied with the Nets atop the Atlantic Division with a 108-87 rout of the visiting Washington Wizards, who dropped to a league-worst 1-13 record.

In other games: the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers clipped the Atlanta Hawks 113-111; the visiting Philadelphia 76ers topped the Charlotte Bobcats 104-98: the Toronto Raptors shaded the visiting Phoenix Suns 101-97: and the Minnesota Timberwolves bounced the visiting Milwaukee Bucks 95-85.

Also, the Rajon Rondo-less Boston Celtics crushed the visiting Portland Trail Blazers 96-78; and the visiting Indiana Pacers slipped past the Sacramento Kings 97-92.