Buzzer-Beater Lifts Grizzlies Past Hawks
Memphis 85, Atlanta 84
ATLANTA, Nov. 11 (Ticker) -- Pau Gasol knows how to come through in the clutch after all.
Gasol made a follow shot in the lane as time expired, lifting the Memphis Grizzlies to a dramatic 85-84 victory over the winless Atlanta Hawks.
With the Grizzlies trailing, 84-83, Mike Miller missed an open jumper from the right side. Shane Battier tipped the rebound to Gasol in the lane, where the 7-footer rolled in a lefthanded shot as the horn sounded.
"I had a couple chances to (hit a game-winner in the past) and didn't make them," Gasol said. "Shane kept it alive with the tip and forwarded it (to me). It was an incredible performance by Shane Battier. He kept it alive and it came to me. ... I was at the right place at the right time."
"All I know is I jumped up," Battier said. "I got one finger on the ball and tried to push it to the rim. Luckily, Pau was right there."
Battier also converted a driving layup with 1:21 left to give the Grizzlies an 83-82 lead. But Al Harrington hit a jumper from the right baseline 14 seconds later to give back the lead to the Hawks.
"The guy who gave us a chance to win was Shane Battier," Grizzlies coach Mike Fratello said. "He's like the Ozzie Smith of basketball. He made big bucket after big bucket."
Zaza Pachulia, who had been 6-of-6 from the line, missed two free throws with 10 seconds remaining to set up Gasol's heroics.
"It was my fault," said Pachulia, who finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds. "Sometimes things happen."
"Each possession counts," Hawks coach Mike Woodson said. "We just didn't make the plays on our possessions. We missed two free throws and a key blockout, and that's what it comes down to when it's a close ballgame."
Battier scored a season-high 22 points and Gasol for the Grizzlies, who squandered a double-digit lead in the third quarter before recovering to complete a 1-2 road trip.
"Nobody in this league is going to let you get off your snide," Fratello said. "You got to work your way out of it. Sometimes your hard work pays off and you get a lucky bounce."
"After the two losses, it would have been a crushing loss," Gasol said. "Luckily, we won this game and we can be happy about it."
With Grizzlies starting point guard Damon Stoudamire sidelined with a sprained right ankle, Bobby Jackson picked up the slack, scoring 17 points. He scored 13 points in the third quarter when the Grizzlies led by as many as 12 points.
Joe Johnson scored 17 points and handed out a career-high 12 assists and Josh Smith contributed 14 points to lead a strong bench effort for Atlanta (0-6), which has lost 38 of its last 41 games dating to last season. The Hawks held a 42-8 advantage in bench points.
"It's frustrating right now," Johnson said. "We just have to get back to practice and get back to work."
"It's tough when you're used to winning," said Hawks first-round pick Marvin Williams, who was a member of North Carolina's national championship team last season. "We know how to win. We'll start winning some time pretty soon."
Atlanta, Toronto and the New York Knicks are the lone remaining winless teams.