Gasol, Grizzlies hold off Bucks late for 116-113 win
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 expired.
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 rebounds.
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 pace.
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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