PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 9 (Ticker) --
The Memphis Grizzlies took advantage
of their second chances. The Philadelphia 76ers needed a second
The Grizzlies dominated the offensive boards, scored 19
second-chance points and withstood 38 points and 10 assists by
in a 98-95 victory over the 76ers.
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scored a career-high 23 points for the Grizzlies,
who have won five of six overall and seven of their last nine on
"There are not that many easy buildings in the league," Jones
said. "It makes us feel great. We keep pushing hard and we keep
working hard. It's good to see the hard work paying off."
"I can't say that we have a definite way, night in and night
out, to win a basketball game," Grizzlies coach Mike Fratello
said. "We just felt against Philadelphia and their defense, we
had to give ourselves enough shots."
The game featured 25 lead changes, including five in the fourth
quarter. Philadelphia opened a 93-90 lead with 3:39 remaining
on two free throws by Iverson, who was playing despite the
effects of the flu and the only 76er to score in the last seven
"I thought we wasted a great effort by Allen Iverson," 76ers
coach Jim O'Brien said. "I thought he was absolutely terrific.
He showed a lot of guts coming back from the flu. Thirty-eight
points and 10 assists was a brilliant performance by him. It's
sad that we couldn't pull the game out."
"At one point, I got into rhythm and they tried to take
everything from me, I was trying to get the ball into the hands
of the guys that were open. It just didn't work out for us
Jones sank two free throws and the Grizzlies held the ball for
nearly a minute as they grabbed two offensive rebounds before a
layup by Stromile Swift
gave them a 94-93 lead with 2:03 left.
Iverson answered with two free throws at the 1:44 mark, but the
Sixers did not score again. Shane Battier
's two free throws
with 1:29 to go gave the Grizzlies the lead for good.
"It was such a physical game. It was one those games where you
just threw it up and everyone went for it," Battier said. "The
Sixers were doing the same thing on their end of the floor. We
were lucky to get some bounces, and convert those bounces."
Although it did not score, Memphis burned the clock with another
offensive rebound on its next possession. Iverson tried a lob
pass to Samuel Dalembert
that was broken up and Jason Williams
made two foul shots for a 98-95 edge with 13 seconds to play.
Sharpshooter Kyle Korver
missed an open 3-pointer just before
the buzzer, sending the Sixers to their second straight setback.
"It can't play out any better than that, you can't ask for a
better shot," said Korver, who has made a pair of tying buzzer
shots and a game-winner this season. "I used to dream about
hitting the last shot to win the game or sent it into overtime.
Even though it came on a broken play, it was still a good shot.
It hurts a lot. I really should have made that shot."
"It didn't work the way we drew it up but we got the shot we
wanted. We just didn't make it," Iverson said. "If it came down
to that shot 82 games for the whole season, we'll take that
one. We'll take him shooting that shot."
Philadelphia is 8-10 in games decided by five points or less and
has played an additional three overtime games.
"I guess that we're close to being a real good team, but we're
there at being a mediocre team," Iverson said. "I just feel bad
that we lose the close ones because we are trying to do
everything we can do to go out there on the court and win
Iverson leads the NBA in scoring at 28.8 points per game. The
Sixers have four other double-figure scorers but none above 12.3
"The guys got good shots and they didn't go down," Iverson said.
"We're trying to do everything the right way, trying to play
with each other, trying to play unselfish. The effort is there
and that's the only thing that I care about."
Swift scored 17 points for the Grizzlies, who held a 43-37
advantage on the glass, including 14-8 on the offensive end.