It was a game of runs. Both teams had stretches of hot and cold that ultimately led to the Grizzlies giving up a 15 point lead to start the fourth. In the end, it was the Grizzlies’ last scoring run that gave them the 116-113 victory in Milwaukee on Wednesday night.
The Grizzlies jumped out to a 10-2 lead early, with Milwaukee shooting just 25% (2-of-8) from the floor in the first five minutes. From there, Jaren Jackson Jr. got into early foul trouble and found himself sitting the rest of the first quarter. Milwaukee’s shooting woes continued through the rest of the quarter, going 6-of-20 from the floor and 3-of-13 from three. Memphis used 11 points in the first from Marc Gasol to lead 29-19 after one.
In the second, Milwaukee kept on launching shots from deep. Whereas Memphis kept doing what gave them the advantage in the first, leading by as many as 13 in the first half of the quarter. Milwaukee did eventually make a 7-0 run to bring the game to 38-35 with 4:22 left in the half. A pair of Giannis Antetokounmpo free throws brought the game to 41-39 Grizzlies advantage, before Giannis had to take a seat with his third foul of the half. The Bucks took their first lead since 2-0 shortly after, when JB Bickerstaff was given a technical foul for arguing a foul call with 1:55 left. Memphis regained the lead before the half and took a 48-45 lead going into the break.
Memphis started out the third quick, jumping to a 57-49 lead capped by a Jackson layup over Antetokounmpo. Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer got a tech of his own for arguing calls as well. Memphis built and maintained a near 10 point lead for the early part of the quarter spreading the ball all around the floor with buckets from Gasol, Kyle Anderson, Shelvin Mack. A three from Jaren Jackson Jr. at 2:30 left in the quarter gave the Grizzlies a 15 point lead, 82-67, their largest to that point. Following the ensuing timeout, things went the other direction. The Bucks went on a 13-2 run to close out the quarter to bring it back to a 84-80 Grizzlies lead.
Milwaukee continued that roll into the fourth, scoring two buckets in the first 30 seconds and forcing a quick timeout. The Bucks continued their big run, forcing another Grizzlies timeout after Milwaukee took a 94-86 lead. Memphis then made a little run of their own, 14-5 to take bake the lead at 100-99 with a little over 4 minutes left in the game. Mike Budenholzer’s night ended shortly thereafter, as he was ejected for receiving his second technical foul. The Bucks unraveled a bit at this point with the Grizzlies jumping back up 109-101 with 2:00 left to make it a 23-7 run overall. The theme of the night continued, as the Bucks had another run left in them to make it a 111-109 Memphis lead with :48 to go.
This was where things got interesting as Ersan Illyasova fouled Mike Conley with 2.9 seconds left just before Kyle Anderson was called before a five second call inbounding the ball. Officials had to go to video review to confirm the call. Memphis would get one foul shot, which they missed, and possession of the ball. On the ensuing play, Mack was sent to the line and missed one of two. Milwaukee missed a three on their next play, giving the Grizzlies the victory.
Marc Gasol led the way for the Grizzlies with 29 points, including 6 threes. Mike Conley had 26, and Kyle Anderson had 6 points and 8 rebounds. For Milwaukee, Giannis Antetokounmpo had 31 points and 9 rebounds, Khris Middleton had 25 points, and Pat Connaughton added 16 off the bench.
The Grizzlies are back in action on Friday against the 8-6 Sacramento Kings at FedExForum.
- Memphis took the lead 82-67 with 2:30 left in the third. Milwaukee then went on a 27-4 run to close that quarter and open the fourth.
- The win was the Grizzlies first on the road against an Eastern Conference team since a 103-91 win over Atlanta on March 16th, 2017.