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Temple forces four turnovers in upset of No. 23 Memphis

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Temple forces four turnovers in upset of No. 23 Memphis

Anthony Russo threw two touchdown passes and Temple took advantage of four turnovers by Memphis to upset No. 23 Memphis 30-28 on Saturday.

Brady White passed for 355 yards and two scores for Memphis (5-1, 2-1 American), which fell behind 16-0 as the Owls turned the Tigers' mistakes into points.

The win was secured when an apparent diving catch for Tigers tight end Joey Magnifico to convert a fourth-and-11 was overturned by instant replay with 1:50 to play in the fourth. It would have placed Memphis inside the Temple 30, but instead the Owls (5-1, 2-0) were able to burn the clock.

Jager Gardner ran for a score and Isaiah Wright and Brandon Mack caught touchdown passes for Temple. Russo's 12-yard touchdown to Mack made it 30-21 with 12:48 left in the fourth.

Russo threw for 224 yards on 20-for-33 passing.

Kenneth Gainwell had eight catches for 98 yards and rushed 19 times for 107 yards and a touchdown for Memphis.

The takeaway
Memphis: The Tigers were able to move the football effectively against a Temple defense that had averaged 292.4 yards in yield through the first five games of the season. Memphis posted 502 yards of total offense.

Temple: The Owls could have buried Memphis early, but the first three Memphis turnovers were turned into Will Mobley's three field goals.

Poll implications 
Memphis: Entering Saturday at the No. 23 spot, the Tigers are likely to fall out of the poll after appearing in it for the first time this week.

Temple: The Owls have wins over two teams that were ranked in the Top 25 at the time of their contest, though Maryland has crashed since then. Temple might not break into the rankings this week but with No. 21 SMU and UCF up next, it has plenty of chances to impress.

Up next 
Memphis: The Tigers return home to face Tulane in a Saturday night.

Temple: The Owls visit SMU.

Sixers vs. Grizzlies: 3 storylines to watch and how to live stream the game

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Sixers vs. Grizzlies: 3 storylines to watch and how to live stream the game

The Philadelphia 76ers will play the last game of their homestand on Sunday night against the Grizzlies, looking to settle the series after an overtime loss in Memphis a few weeks ago.

In their first matchup, the Sixers were without two of their starters in Dario Saric and Robert Covington, as news of the Jimmy Butler trade broke just hours before.

Here are the essentials for tonight's matchup:

When: 6 p.m. ET with Sixers Pregame Live at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Wells Fargo Center
Broadcast: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Live stream: NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the NBC Sports MyTeams app

And here are three storylines to watch for tonight's game.

Grizzlies defense

The Memphis Grizzlies are holding opponents to just 103.1 points per game, the third-best mark in the NBA. On top of that, their 104.9 defensive rating is fifth-best and their opponent turnover percentage (forcing opponents into a turnover on 17.0 percent of possessions) is second-best. Taking care of the ball is going to be another huge focus for the Sixers again tonight (Memphis forces nine steals per game on average). In their last matchup, Memphis recorded 25 points off 23 Sixers turnovers, including six turnovers combined in the fourth and overtime.

Defensive headband brothers?

If you thought Jimmy Butler and Ben Simmons wearing matching white headbands was a simple fashion statement, think again. On Friday night, Butler and Simmons took the floor as defensive brothers, in the words of Brett Brown. Brown also said he asked Butler to take Simmons under his wing defensively and Simmons had one of his better defensive nights against the Wizards. Will the defensive brothers be back?

Maintaining/Extending Leads

The 76ers haven’t had any trouble getting off to good starts this season, averaging a league-best 30.3 points per first quarter this season or even in creating big leads. The trouble has usually come in maintaining and extending their leads, which they did a much better job of in their past two games (wins against New York and Washington). Back in Memphis a few weeks ago, the Grizzlies came back from a 16-point first half deficit to force overtime and win the game. Will the Sixers continue to show progress in closing games out tonight?

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Grizzlies 112, Sixers 106: Shorthanded Sixers can’t pull off an unlikely OT win

Grizzlies 112, Sixers 106: Shorthanded Sixers can’t pull off an unlikely OT win

BOX SCORE 

The news of the Sixers’ trade for Jimmy Butler ruled the day. But the Sixers still had a basketball game to play Saturday night. And for the second straight night, they played five extra minutes.

With just nine active players, the Sixers fought hard but fell in overtime to the Grizzlies in Memphis, 112-106, to drop to 8-6.

Garrett Temple hit a game-tying three-pointer with 38.9 seconds left in regulation, and Joel Embiid missed an open three on the ensuing possession. Mike Conley led the way for Memphis with 32 points. Embiid had an off night, with 14 points on 4 for 15 shooting.

• The Sixers are shorthanded until Butler debuts Wednesday against the Magic, which means Brett Brown needs to employ some creative lineups. He started ultra-small Saturday, with a starting five of Ben Simmons, Markelle Fultz, JJ Redick, Landry Shamet and Embiid. 

• Several players who’d mostly been resigned to the sidelines recently got major minutes, including T.J. McConnell and Furkan Korkmaz. 

McConnell was excellent in the clutch, driving hard to the rim for the basket that gave the Sixers a 100-98 lead with two minutes remaining. 

He also played strong defense on Mike Conley on the Grizzlies’ final possession of regulation.

McConnell had a season-high 16 points on 7 for 8 shooting and seven assists. Every time he’s called upon, you can count on him for quality minutes. 

Korkmaz had a nice stretch early in the second quarter, knocking down a couple threes and not looking overwhelmed defensively, an issue for him in his limited minutes earlier this season. One decent game doesn’t erase the fact that he’s generally been a defensive liability, but Saturday night was a reminder of Korkmaz’s shooting ability. 

He had a career-high 12 points on 4 for 8 shooting. 

Considering the three-point shooting the Sixers lost in Covington and Saric, Korkmaz could have a role off the bench in the short term, despite him reportedly desiring a trade after the Sixers didn’t pick up his third-year option.

• Before Saturday night, the Sixers’ tendency to start poorly in the second half was a footnote, since it hadn’t cost them any games. Now, it’s a significant storyline. 

They know it’s a problem, as does anyone watching them. It’s still early, and this team will obviously have an entirely different personality once Butler arrives, but it’s a little worrying they haven’t figured out how to start second halves better. After reestablishing the lead, the Sixers faltered in the fourth quarter, and with just nine players on the second night of a back-to-back, they didn’t have any of Friday night’s late-game spark to save them. 

• Twenty-three turnovers killed the Sixers, a recurring theme in their losses. 

• Wilson Chandler sat after playing 15 minutes in Friday night’s win, as the Sixers continue to ease him back slowly from the left hamstring strain he suffered in the team’s first preseason game. Looking ahead, Chandler’s years of experience as a small-ball power forward could come in handy once Butler is in the mix. 

There are plenty of other permutations Brown could use, including starting Mike Muscala at the four once he returns from the fractured nose and facial laceration he suffered at practice Tuesday, employing Simmons more in the frontcourt, or removing Fultz from the starting lineup and going with Simmons, Redick, Butler, Chandler and Embiid.

It’s not just as easy as plugging in a third star to the lineup — Brown has to find out how to replace two valuable players in Dario Saric and Robert Covington, how Butler fits, and what personnel and sets best suit his newest stars. That will, of course, be a process.

• It was great to see Fultz attack the rim and finish ferociously.

And it wasn’t just that one highlight dunk — he consistently drove hard to the basket.

It was not so great to see a substantial hitch present in Fultz’s free-throw form, as it was Friday night. That remains something worth monitoring moving forward. 

Fultz had 14 points on 7 for 9 shooting, his best shooting performance of the season.  

• Given his track record, there was never any serious cause for concern with JJ Redick. Still, he alleviated any possible worries about a prolonged shooting slump Saturday night, going 8 for 12. In the last eight games, Redick had shot 34.3 percent, 28.1 percent from three-point territory. 

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