Jones Delivers Late, Grizzlies Top Raptors
Memphis 94, Toronto 88
MEMPHIS, Tenn., Feb. 21 (Ticker) -- Eddie Jones did not have to wait long to get a little redemption.
Jones scored five of his seven points in the final 42 seconds and All-Star Pau Gasol recorded a double-double as the Memphis Grizzlies won their fourth straight game with a 94-88 triumph over the Toronto Raptors.
With the Grizzlies clinging to an 88-86 lead, Jones missed a wide-open layup with 1:25 left and Morris Peterson answered with a pair of free throws to tie it five seconds later.
Bobby Jackson missed a jumper at the other end, but Shane Battier grabbed the offensive rebound and the Grizzlies got the ball to Jones, who drained a 3-pointer from the top of the key to give Memphis the lead for good.
"That missed layup was over with," Jones said. "It was ages ago. I always look at it like, 'What are you going to do now?' If you miss a shot, you can't hang your head about it. When another shot presents itself, you just take it with confidence."
After Mike James missed a layup with 26 seconds to play, Jones all but sealed the victory with two free throws with 11 seconds on the clock.
"I thought we just toughened up down the stretch," Jones said. "At the end of games, you have to use whatever little bit of energy you have left to get a win, and that's what we did to get this win."
The Raptors appeared to be in position to notch their fourth win in five games after rookie Charlie Villanueva's layup gave them an 86-85 advantage with 3:12 remaining. But Jackson hit a clutch 3-pointer with the shot clock winding down to set the stage for the final sequence.
Jackson scored 14 points off the bench for Memphis, which held a 47-23 advantage over Toronto's reserves.
After the Grizzlies fell behind, 57-47, with 8:41 to go in the third quarter, Mike Miller - who had missed the previous for games with a left ankle injury - made a driving layup to spark an 11-2 run that pull the Memphis within 59-58 with six minutes left.
Matt Bonner followed with a 3-pointer and All-Star Chris Bosh hit a jumper for Toronto before Jackson and Miller each hit shots from the arc to bookend a 10-0 spurt that put Memphis ahead, 68-64, with 2:15 remaining.
"We got a good run in the third quarter because we took advantage of fast-break opportunities," Grizzlies coach Mike Fratello said. "Bobby gave us a big lift and Mike did what he could after having not practiced with injury. All the guys coming off the bench chipped in for us tonight."
Bosh scored 17 of his 26 points in the first half as the Raptors built a 50-43 lead. However, the Grizzlies forced the Raptors to miss 22-of-35 shots in the second half.
"We just had a lot of mental lapses," Bosh said. "Towards the end they made the plays. They did the stuff it takes to win games. Down the stretch we've got to play better, not exactly play better, but at least try harder.
"In the end of the game we got it all back," Gasol said. "We played good defense and executed, and we got it done."