Gasol leads Grizzlies past Bucks
Memphis, TN (Sports Network) – Pau Gasol had a game-high 33 points and 14
rebounds as the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Milwaukee Bucks, 100-90, at FedEx
Chucky Atkins posted 16 points, including 12 in the fourth quarter, and six
assists and Lorenzen Wright totaled 11 points and 10 boards for the Grizzlies,
who have won three in a row and are a half-game behind the Los Angeles
Clippers for the fourth spot in the Western Conference playoff race.
Michael Redd contributed 25 points and Andrew Bogut scored 18 points for the
Bucks, who have lost three straight and four of their last five contests.
Milwaukee is 2 1/2 games behind the Washington Wizards, who lost to the
Atlanta Hawks, for the fifth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
With the game tied at 33, Memphis went on an 18-6 run, including 10 points
from Gasol, to move in front 51-39.
The Grizzlies outscored the Bucks 34-18 in the second quarter and led 58-45 at
Milwaukee opened the third quarter with a 13-4 surge, capped by a trio of Redd
free throws, to cut the deficit to 62-58. Memphis held a 79-72 advantage
heading into the final frame.
After being down by as many as 13, the Bucks fought their way back into the
game with a 9-2 rally, highlighted by Redd’s jumper, to tie the game at 81
with just under six minutes to play.
However, Atkins drained a three-pointer on the other end to begin a 16-7 run,
which gave the Grizzlies a commanding 97-88 lead with 45 seconds to play.
Atkins netted nine points during the streak and Gasol added six.
Bogut hit a jumper on the other end to narrow the gap to 97-90 but that was
as close as the Bucks would get.
Milwaukee led 27-24 after 12 minutes of play.
The Grizzlies shot 52.8 percent from the floor, while the Bucks connected on
38.4 percent of their shots, including 17-of-22 from the charity
stripe…Milwaukee’s Charlie Bell finished with 15 points…The Grizzlies have
won six of the last eight meetings…Memphis’ Mike Miller had 12 points and
seven boards, while Shane Battier and Bobby Jackson each netted 10.