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While the Memphis Grizzlies couldn't get on track offensively, their outstanding defense proved up to the challenge against one of the NBA's highest-scoring teams.
The Grizzlies aren't likely to face as difficult of a task on Friday night when they visit the New Orleans Hornets, one of the lowest-scoring teams in the Western Conference.
Memphis (46-21), however, will have to remain focused following a dramatic 90-89 overtime victory over Oklahoma City on Wednesday. Marc Gasol tipped in Zach Randolph's miss with less than a second remaining to give the Grizzlies an emotional win over the defending conference champs.
Mike Conley finished with a team-high 24 points, while Jerryd Bayless added 20 and hit a key 3-pointer with 3.7 seconds left to send the game to overtime.
Gasol and Randolph combined for 29 points and 33 rebounds despite shooting 11 for 35.
With Memphis making just 36.0 percent as a team, its defense keyed the victory. The Grizzlies held an Oklahoma City team that ranks near the top of the NBA in scoring (106.4) to just 83 points in regulation, 2 of 18 shooting from 3-point range and a season-low 35.7 percent from the field.
"We win in a variety of ways. It's never pretty,'' said Conley. "That's that grit-and-grind motto right there. We just find a way to win however it is."
Memphis, which leads the NBA at 89.2 points allowed per game, won for the 16th time in 19 games and kept pace in a three-team fight with Denver and the Los Angeles Clippers for third place in the West.
Now the Grizzlies will try to snap a two-game road skid on Friday against the Hornets (23-46), who rank near the bottom of the West at 93.9 points per game
Southwest Division-worst New Orleans is also coming off a last-second victory as Anthony Davis overcame a stomach ailment and tapped in the go-ahead bucket in an 87-86 win over Boston on Wednesday.
"I was really tired, but I knew my team needed me, so I was trying to fight through it,'' said Davis, who had nine points and eight rebounds. "I'm glad I did. It was a big win for us.''
Ryan Anderson had 21 points and Eric Gordon added 18 to help the Hornets rally from a 13-point second-half deficit and snap a four-game losing streak.
New Orleans, though, will have to find a way to knock down its open looks against the defensive-minded Grizzlies after averaging 85.3 points on 41.7 percent shooting in its last four games.
Memphis looks to take three of four in the season series after winning 96-89 in New Orleans on Dec. 7 and 96-85 at home on March 9. The Hornets limited the Grizzlies to 36.4 percent shooting in a 91-83 win in Memphis on Jan. 27.
Randolph totaled 35 points and 20 rebounds for Memphis in the first two games against New Orleans before missing the last contest because of a left ankle sprain.
Anderson has been a key weapon for the Hornets, averaging 18.0 points and hitting 11 for 25 from 3-point range over the three meetings.
Davis, meanwhile, had one of his best games against the Grizzlies earlier this month, totaling 20 points and 18 rebounds.
Memphis has won seven of nine in this series overall and three of four in New Orleans.
BEST OF MAXIM
Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol accidentally kneed Oklahoma City Thunder forward Nick Collison in the groin during Wednesday night's NBA game at the FedEx Forum.
Gasol had his knee out in front of him as he was attempting a jump shot near the basket, and Collison jumped in the air to block the shot. Collison was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
To add insult to...
What a night in the NBA. There was the wild string of events in Cleveland, the tip-in game winner by Anthony Davis, and now another game-winner in the same fashion by Marc Gasol. Trailing by 1 point, Gasol tapped in a Zach Randolph miss with 0.8 seconds to go in OT (which was forced by a Jerryd Bayless three-pointer), to give the Grizzlies the win over the Thunder in OT:
The Oklahoma City Thunder – on the second leg of a back-to-back – were defeated Wednesday night by the Memphis Grizzlies in overtime thanks to a tip-in by Marc Gasol. One of my favorite moments was Gasol’s reaction to the game-winner and his grizzly growl. H/T HPBasketballThe post Marc Gasol Hits Game-Winning Tip-In; Has A Grizzly Reaction (GIF) appeared first on The NBA Mistress.
When the Memphis Grizzlies dealt away their leading scorer, they were criticized for “giving up” on a season where they had a real chance. They responded by going 17-6 without Rudy Gay, and they have become even more of a contender in the last few weeks. Their recent success gets overshadowed by the current win streaks going on in the NBA. The Miami Heat, and to a lesser extent...
Marc Gasol tipped in Zach Randolph's miss with less than a second left in overtime to give the Memphis Grizzlies a 90-89 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night.
In a game that had all the intensity of a playoff matchup, Jerryd Bayless connected from the top of the key for Memphis with 3.7 seconds left in regulation to send the teams into overtime tied at 83...
IN THE CLUTCH
The Memphis Grizzles and the Oklahoma City were in a tightly contested match that went into overtime Wednesday night, and would come down to the last possession with 13.6 seconds remaining on the shot clock. It would be Marc Gasol who would be Memphis’ hero who tipped in the ball off of a Zach Randolph [...]The post Marc Gasol Defeats OKC Thunder With Game-Winning Tip-In (Video...
Just a couple of kids having fun playing basketball.
There are few things more painful for NBA players than getting hit in the groin and during Wednesday night's Thunder/Grizzlies game, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Nick Collison took a knee to his privates.Watch as Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol skies for a lay-up and keep an eye on his left knee as it lands right in Nick's man region:(Courtesy of SB Nation)
Like drafting Bernard Berrian, Lee Evans, or Josh Johnson on your fantasy team, some things, no matter how hard you try not to have them happen, just always seem to happen. My kryptonite is watching the movie Step Up 2: the Streets and if it’s on TBS during the middle of the day you can be sure that I’m going to watch for an extended period of time.
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The Memphis Grizzlies have won nine straight at home as they get ready to welcome a Boston Celtics team that has dropped three straight.
The Celtics, however, have won their last five visits to the FedEx Forum as they try to avoid being swept by the Grizzlies for the first time in 12 years Saturday night.
Both teams are seeking to bounce back from Friday road defeats. Memphis ...
Marc Gasol went up for a layup during the Grizzlies 90-89 overtime win over the Thunder and his knee found its way into Nick Collison’s groin. It was definitely unintentional but it doesn’t change the fact that it will make you cringe when you see it.
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Referees: Bill Spooner, Marat Kogut and Zach Zarba
Spread: MEM -7.5
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On road: 12-22
At home: 27-8
Streak: Lost 3