Hawks edge Grizzlies
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – Josh Smith scored 20 points, including the go-
ahead three-point play with 11.5 seconds left as the Atlanta Hawks edged the
Memphis Grizzlies, 106-105.
Josh Childress and Marvin Williams added 17 points apiece for the Hawks, who
have won two games in a row after a six-game skid. Tyronn Lue, Zaza Pachulia
and Shelden Williams all scored 11 for Atlanta, which played without leading
scorer Joe Johnson who missed his second straight game with a right calf
Mike Miller scored 22 of his 29 points in the second half for Memphis, which
dropped its sixth straight game. Rudy Gay had 15 points and Stromile Swift
had 15 points and 13 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who own the worst record
(15-48) in the NBA.
Trailing 105-103, Smith rebounded an Anthony Johnson missed three-pointer,
scored a layup and was fouled. The made free throw put Atlanta ahead by one
with 11.5 seconds left.
Memphis then had a chance to win out of a timeout, but Miller’s three-point
attempt rimmed off at the buzzer.
Atlanta opened the game with a 10-4 surge, capped by a Pachulia layup. The
Hawks led throughout the stanza and took a 31-23 advantage after the first
A Salim Stoudamire three sparked a 9-0 run to open the second quarter as the
Hawks extended their lead to 17, 40-23 early in the session.
Memphis was able to cut the margin to 10, 60-50 by the intermission.
The Grizzlies mounted a comeback in the third quarter behind Miller, who
scored 14 points in the frame. His three-pointer with 2:48 left in the period
pulled Memphis within two, 76-74. Swift’s driving dunk a half minute later
tied the game at 76.
Atlanta held an 81-80 edge heading into the final quarter.
After two Pachulia free throws put the Hawks, ahead 101-96, Memphis went on a
7-0 run, capped by Gay’s jumper, which put the Grizzlies ahead, 103-101, with
a minute to go.
Williams’ jumper then tied the game with 41 ticks left, but Damon Stoudamire
countered with a jumper of his own putting Memphis back up two, 105-103 with
28.4 seconds remaining.
Atlanta’s Speedy Claxton missed the game with a sore right knee…Memphis shot
50 percent and Atlanta shot 47.6 percent from the field…Atlanta beat the
Grizzlies in the only other meeting this season, 97-88, on December 15 at
Memphis…The Grizzlies fell to 4-28 on the road,