11/14 21:42 CST Gasol, Grizzlies hold off Bucks late for 116-113 win
Gasol, Grizzlies hold off Bucks late for 116-113 win
By GENARO C. ARMAS
AP Sports Writer
MILWAUKEE (AP) --- Marc Gasol scored 29 points, Mike Conley added 26 and the
Memphis Grizzlies used a late 15-2 run to beat Milwaukee 116-113 on Wednesday
night, handing the Bucks their first home loss of the season.
After losing a 15-point lead in the third quarter, Memphis surged ahead again
late and held on with key baskets from Conley. With the shot clock winding
down, Conley hit a turnaround jumper in the middle of the lane for a 113-109
lead with 26 seconds left.
Conley also hit two foul shots with 9.9 seconds left for a four-point lead,
though Shelvin Mack went 1 of 2 at the line with 2.1 seconds left to give the
Bucks one last chance trailing by three.
The Bucks inbounded the ball to their best 3-point shooter, Khris Middleton,
but he missed near the top of the arc with two defenders in his face as time
Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 31 points, and Middleton added 25 for the Bucks.
They squandered an eight-point lead with 9:08 left.
One of the NBA's most prolific 3-point shooting teams, Milwaukee couldn't
overcome a cold-shooting night from the arc. They shot 50.6 percent overall but
just 25.7 percent from 3-point territory (9 of 35).
Mack added 15 points, including three 3s in a third quarter in which Memphis
led by as much as 15.
The Bucks got back in it with a 19-2 run spearheaded by defense and energetic
guard Pat Connaughton, who had 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting and added six
Connaughton opened the fourth quarter with a dunk, and Eric Bledsoe followed
with a steal and dunk on the break to tie the game at 84 apiece.
It looked like the Bucks were off to the races again, playing their kind of
Memphis mustered enough defense late to hold off another charge.
Grizzlies: Down five players because of injuries, Memphis still enjoyed a pace
in the first half that catered to its grind-it-out style. Gasol had 11 points
to pace the Grizzlies' to a 48-45 halftime lead. It helped, too, that the Bucks
were just 4 of 23 (17 percent) from the arc in the first half. Coach J.B.
Bickerstaff said the injuries haven't prevented the team from playing the kind
of kind of slow-down, defensive style that he is trying to instill. "The
thought is can you make people uncomfortable and make them fight a fight they
aren't accustomed to," Bickerstaff said.
Bucks: Rookie G Donte DiVincenzo left the game with left knee soreness. He
played six minutes in the first half, scoring three points. ... The Bucks
wasted an opportunity to go 11-3, which would have matched their best start
since 1980-81. ... Coach Mike Budenholzer was ejected in the fourth quarter
after picking up his second technical foul.
Grizzlies: Return home Friday night to face the Sacramento Kings
Bucks: Host the Chicago Bulls on Friday night.
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