NBA Game Summary - Atlanta at Memphis
(Saturday, January 29th)
Final Score: Memphis 84, Atlanta 83
Memphis, TN (Sports Network) - Jason Williams scored 23 points, Mike Miller added 21 and Memphis held on to defeat a struggling Atlanta squad, 84-83, at FedExForum.
Shane Battier added 15 points for Memphis, which has won seven of nine. The Grizzlies ended the game 37-of-80 (46 percent) from the floor, including 4- of-16 from beyond the arc.
Al Harrington led a balanced Atlanta attack with 18 points and eight boards. Antoine Walker and Tyronn Lue, who missed a potential game-winning shot in the waning seconds, each ended with 17 points for the reeling Hawks, who have dropped four straight and 19 of their last 23.
Tony Delk chipped in 15 off the pine for Atlanta, which fell to a miserable 8-34 on the season.
"It was an unbelievable effort," Hawks coach Mike Woodson said. "We came in and fought from beginning to end. I would loved to have seen us come out of here with a win."
Trailing 75-68 at the 7:07 mark of the fourth quarter, Memphis used a 16-6 run to take the lead for good. Williams' jumper in the lane capped the spurt and staked the Grizzlies to an 84-81 lead with 1:38 remaining in the contest.
After Harrington sank two free throws to make it a one-point game, Miller inexplicably threw the ball away on Memphis' next possession with 24.6 seconds left, giving the Hawks one last shot at the win.
However, Lue's wild off-balanced shot in the lane bounced harmlessly off the rim as time expired, sending Atlanta to its third straight defeat in Memphis.
"We had a chance to win that game," Lue said. "We tried to go inside to Al (Harrington), but they switched to a different front, and we couldn't get it in like we wanted to, so we had to attack the basket."
The Grizzlies led 27-19 after one quarter of play, but Atlanta used a 14-4 spurt to open the frame to take the lead. Josh Smith's dunk capped the burst as the Hawks turned an eight-point deficit into a two-point lead, 33-31, with 7:13 remaining in the frame.
The game was then knotted at 46-46 as both teams headed into the locker room.
Memphis gained some breathing room by opening the third quarter with a 13-6 spurt. Battier's three-pointer from the corner ended the run and gave the Grizzlies a 59-52 lead with under eight minutes left in the frame.
However, Atlanta outscored Memphis 17-4 to close out the frame and own a 69-64 edge heading into the fourth. The lead would get to seven moments later before the Grizzlies made one last run to earn a hard-fought victory.
"They (Atlanta) are going to come out and try to prove something," Miller said. "The bottom line is we got the win."
Atlanta, which is in the midst of a 10-game road losing streak, fell to a dismal 2-17 as the visitor this season...The Hawks are 4-30 when they score under 100 points this season...Atlanta finished 14-of-19 from the line, while Memphis ended 6-of-12...The Hawks were stranded in Atlanta overnight as icy conditions prevented them from flying out after Friday's setback to Miami. The team arrived at the FedExForum with a police escort about 90 minutes before the 8 p.m. CST tip-off-- an hour later than originally scheduled...Before the game, the Hawks placed guard Kenny Anderson on the injured list with strained left calf. The team activated rookie guard Royal Ivey to fill Anderson's roster spot.
01/30 01:17:20 ET