Grizzlies fall short in Milwaukee
Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 27 points and Michael Beasley added a season-high 19 to help the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Memphis Grizzlies 106-96 on Saturday night.
Beasley scored five points during an 11-2 run that gave the Bucks an 86-72 lead with 9:59 to play.
Memphis pulled to within 95-90 on a basket by Zach Randolph with 4:41 left, but Beasley answered on the other end.
Chandler Parsons made a 3-pointer with 2:56 remaining to cut Milwaukee's lead to 99-96. After Antetokounmpo split a pair of free throws and blocked Parsons shot, Greg Monroe scored inside to put the Bucks up 102-96 with 2:17 left.
The Bucks led by 13 points with 1:50 left in the second quarter, but the Grizzlies closed to within 44-39 at the break with an 8-0 run, including scoring four points in the final 1.9 seconds of the half. Milwaukee closed the game on a 7-0 run.
Marc Gasol finished with 18 points for Memphis before fouling out in the final seconds. Vince Carter added 17 points.
The Grizzlies (4-5) will head to Utah to take on the Jazz on Monday at 8pm.
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Key Stat of the Night
- The Grizzlies started the game 18-for-18 from the free-throw line before finishing 20-for-21 (.952). This marked the Grizzlies’ highest free-throw percentage as a team with 20+ attempts since they made 25-of-26 (.962) free throws on 12/1/15 at New Orleans.
Key Run of the Night
- The Bucks led by 13 points with 1:50 left in the second quarter, but the Grizzlies closed to within 44-39 at the break with an 8-0 run, including scoring four points in the final 1.9 seconds of the half.
On tonights game... We just didn’t move our feet. We didn’t take the challenge one-on-one. We didn’t sprint back and really load up against them, and again even when you do that they’re still difficult to keep away from the ball, because those guys really have a knack of getting to the basket. Like I said, we’ll keep working at it, we’ll get better at it.-- Coach Fizdale
On the Bucks pulling away at the end of the game… The main thing is we couldn’t get stops. When we had the lead, the difference is that we got stops. Then if you start trading buckets again, you’re going to be at a disadvantage. We’ve got to get stops. If we can’t get stops consistently down the stretch, it’s going to be hard. We’ve got to trust the guy that’s next to us, the coverage, the scheme. We’ve got to communicate better, say everybody’s job, keep working at it and keep building that chemistry defensively.-- Marc Gasol
On the difficulty of guarding the Bucks in the lane… They got to the lane and hit a lot of shots. [Malcolm Brogdon] hit a lot of shots. He’s pretty good. They’re a young team, we got outran. We had a chance in the end.-- Zach Randolph
- With seven field goals made, Vince Carter now has 8,013 for his career, and passed Gary Payton (8,708) for 21st in NBA history. Carter finished with 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting.
- Marc Gasol had a team-high 18 points, scoring 11 of those in the third quarter, to go along with six assists and five rebounds.
- Milwaukee moves to 5-1 this season when scoring 100+ points, while Memphis drops to 1-4 when scoring less than 100 points.
- Chandler Parsons had his first double digit scoring game of the season scoring 12 points along with 2 3-pointers and 4 rebounds.
- Mike Conley scored 15 points despite shooting 3-10 from the field but was 8-8 from the free throw line.
- Tony Allen missed his second straight game(groin), James Ennis started instead.