SEATTLE, Dec. 31 (Ticker) -- Dahntay Jones
barely beat the shot clock
with a basket that helped the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Seattle
Jones' floater in the lane with 6.6 seconds left sealed a 100-96
victory for the Grizzlies over the SuperSonics, capping
Memphis' 3-1 road trip.
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After Ronald Murray's
steal and dunk pulled the Sonics within
96-94 with 31 seconds remaining, Bobby Jackson
had the ball
knocked away as he drove to the basket, but was able to regain
possession and pass the ball to Jones, who barely beat the shot
clock with a runner in the lane.
"Dahntay Jones hits as big a basket as you're going to hit for
us," Grizzlies coach Mike Fratello
said. "That little floater
there with the clock running down was just a huge shot."
"Whether you got the shot blocked or not, you still have to
contain the ball," Sonics guard Damien Wilkins
said of the
pivotal play. "We could have been better at a lot of things
led six Grizzlies in double figures with 22 points on
6-of-8 shooting, while making all 10 free throws. The 7-foot
forward added eight rebounds and eight assists and Shane Battier
, who entered the game shooting 47.2 percent from long
range, made five 3-pointers and finished with 19 points.
"I thought our guys showed a lot of character tonight," Fratello
said. "They went out there and found a way."
"We had good looks," Battier said. "It seemed like I got the
3-point ball a lot and the clock was running down, so I just let
collected 17 points, Jackson had 13 and Antonio Burks
and Lorenzen Wright
chipped in 10 for Memphis.
Burks, a second-year guard, went 5-of-7 from the floor after
stepping into the starting lineup for injured guard Damon Stoudamire
, who suffered a torn right patella tendon in a
victory over Portland on Friday. The Grizzlies also were
playing without Mike Miller, who was out with a sprained left
ankle also suffered Friday.
"We had a couple key guys down, a couple of our weapons down,
but guys stepped up," Gasol said. "Dahntay Jones stepped up.
That's what we're going to need."
"All the signs were in place for a blowout loss on our part,"
Battier said of playing without the two regulars. "To our
credit, we came and we battled."
Seattle's Ray Allen
went 11-of-18 from the floor with four
3-pointers for 28 points and Rashard Lewis
added 19 points, five
rebounds and five assists. Murray, who had 11 points, made a
3-pointer to cap a 9-0 surge and pull Seattle within 92-88 with
3:25 to go.
"That was definitely our game to win," Wilkins said. "It's a
tough loss. I had four turnovers. We can ill afford to do
that. I have to be more careful with the ball."
The Grizzlies, who won their third consecutive contest, have
defeated the Sonics two straight times after a three-game losing
streak in the series. It was just Memphis' second victory in
19 games here.
"We had a really good road trip," Battier said. "Hopefully, we
can keep this going. I thought we played pretty good basketball
in 2005 and now it's time to keep this momentum going."