NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, January 9th (All times eastern)
Memphis Grizzlies (18-17) at Charlotte Bobcats (15-19), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The streaking Memphis Grizzlies hit the road Saturday to take on the Charlotte Bobcats at Time Warner Cable Arena.
The Grizzlies salvaged the back end of a home-and-home set with Utah last night when O.J. Mayo drained the game-winning jumper with 5.2 seconds left and Marc Gasol swatted C.J. Miles' attempt at a layup on the game's final possession, as Memphis pulled out a 91-89 victory at FedEx Forum.
Zach Randolph recorded game-highs of 29 points and 15 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who had won four straight and seven of eight prior to Utah's 117-94 win in Salt Lake City on Wednesday.
Rudy Gay chipped in 22 points and seven boards to the win, Memphis' first in 12 tries against the Jazz. The Grizz, who picked up their first win in the series since January 24, 2007, got eight points, six rebounds and five blocks from Gasol, as well as 14 points from Mayo.
Mayo took to the lane and pulled up just beyond the left elbow for a floating jumper that kissed twine for the 91-89 margin with 5.2 ticks left.
"It was two great double screens and I got an opportunity to knock down a good shot," recalled Mayo of the game-winner.
Utah had time for one last play, and the inbounds play made its way to Miles, who muscled down the right side for a chance at a short deuce. But Gasol came across the lane to swat it away as time expired to give the Grizz a hard-nosed win.
The win put Memphis above the .500 mark on the season with an 18-17 mark. The Grizzlies didn't win their 19th game last season until March 30.
The Bobcats, meanwhile, lost for the first time in four games on Thursday when Wilson Chandler scored nine of his season-best 27 points in the fourth quarter, helping the New York Knicks to a 97-93 win over Charlotte in Madison Square Garden.
Stephen Jackson poured in 26 points for Charlotte, while Flip Murray finished with 20 points in defeat.
"This is a game we should have won," Jackson said. "They just made better plays down the stretch."
The Bobcats swept the home-and-home season series with Memphis a year ago.
01/09 10:44:40 ET