NBA Game Summary - Memphis at Utah
(Saturday, November 19th)
Final Score: Memphis 80, Utah 72
Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) - Mike Miller scored 18 points and Damon Stoudamire added 14, including a huge three-pointer in the closing minute, as the Memphis Grizzlies held off the Utah Jazz, 80-72 at the Delta Center.
Pau Gasol had 14 points and seven rebounds for Memphis, which posted its fourth straight win and improved to 7-3 this season.
Rookie Deron Williams had career-highs of 21 points and 10 assists for the Jazz, who lost for a fifth straight time. Mehmet Okur and Matt Harpring each finished with 13 points.
The Grizzlies led 43-35 at halftime and stretched that advantage to 64-55 going into the fourth. Memphis led by as many as 11 points, as a layup by Bobby Jackson lifted the Grizzlies to a 69-58 cushion with 7:56 to play.
However, Wiliams hit two straight three pointers and the Jazz got as close as three points, as Harpring's layup off a feed from Williams drew Utah to 75-72 with 1:10 remaining.
However, Miller spotted Stoudamire for a three-pointer from the right side to extend the Grizzlies to a 78-72 margin with 45.8 seconds left. Stoudamire added two free throws with 37.6 seconds left, and the Grizzlies used a suffocating defense in the closing half minute to seal the win.
The Grizzlies won despite shooting just 40.9 percent from the floor, but Utah was worse at 37 percent. The Grizzlies went to the foul line 30 times, making 19 attempts, while Utah was 8-of-11.
Memphis has won four straight against the Jazz...Greg Ostertag had seven blocked shots for the Jazz...Memphis was 7-of-20 from three-point range, compared to 4-of-16 for Utah.
11/19 23:49:11 ET