NBA Game Summary - Memphis at Milwaukee
(Saturday, April 4th)
Final Score: Memphis 107, Milwaukee 102
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Rudy Gay went 10-of-17 for 26 points, as the Memphis Grizzlies defeated Milwaukee, 107-102, dealing the Bucks an almost fatal blow to their playoff hopes.
After Detroit lost to Philadelphia earlier in the day, the Bucks are teetering on the brink of elimination. Milwaukee needs to win each of its remaining games, have the Pistons lose all of their remaining games, as well as getting help from several other teams.
Mike Conley added 17 points, nine assists and six rebounds for the Grizzlies, who have played very well as of late in winning four straight and five of six. Marc Gasol contributed 19, with 11 coming on 14 free throw attempts, while Hakim Warrick had 12 points.
"We're finally starting to click on offense and defense," Conley said. "We're playing together and making the extra passes and making the game fun again. That's a big step for us tonight, beating Milwaukee on their home court, and we showed a lot of guts down the stretch."
O.J. Mayo finished with 12 and seven assists for Memphis, which got its first win over Milwaukee since April 7, 2006, snapping a five-game losing streak to the Bucks.
Charlie Bell helped the Bucks with 23 points, eight rebounds and five assists, with 15 of those points coming on five three-pointers. Richard Jefferson added 24, but Milwaukee may have sealed its own fate by losing eight of its last nine games. Charlie Villanueva had 14, while Ramon Sessions provided 16 points and 11 assists in the loss.
"We just came out and laid an egg in the first half," Bell said. "No energy. They came out and pretty much did what they wanted to do. They pretty much run the same offense as us with Coach Hollins. They made it look easy, and we made it look hard."
Milwaukee led, 20-16, after the first quarter, but Memphis dominated the second to take a big lead.
The Grizzlies began the second on an 8-2 run, with Darko Milicic's layup giving the visitors a two-point lead. After a Bucks basket, Memphis responded with a 12-2 burst, capped by a Gay three-pointer to make it a 36-26 game.
Conley's three to close out the quarter made it 54-38 at halftime.
A 14-2 run by the Bucks in the third allowed them to get within 71-64 late in the third quarter, and they trailed only 82-73 heading to the fourth.
Memphis put together a 12-4 burst in the early stages of the fourth, as Mayo's three with 8:38 left made it a 94-79 game.
Trailing by 10 with 1 1/2 minutes left, Milwaukee cut its deficit to 105-102 with 40.4 seconds left on a pair of free throws by Jefferson.
Conley missed a jumper on the ensuing possession, and, with a chance to tie, Bell air-balled a three-point attempt in the final 10 seconds, and Mayo drained two free throws with 3.5 seconds to play to seal the win.
The teams split the season series, 1-1, with each team winning on the opposing team's court...Milwaukee's Andrew Bogut will miss the rest of the regular season with an incomplete stress fracture in his lower back...The Bucks fell to 20-18 at home, while the Grizzlies improved to 8-30 on the road...Jefferson eclipsed the 10,000 career point mark, as he now has 10,0005 in his eight-year career.
04/05 00:37:51 ET