Gasol's bucket at buzzer lifts Grizzlies past Nuggets
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[November 09, 2016]
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Vince Carter
turned back the clock with a 20-point game. But it was his inbounds
pass to center Marc Gasol that was his biggest play and set up the
Grizzlies' buzzer-beating 108-107 victory over the Denver Nuggets on
Tuesday night at FedExForum.
"A stressful situation," Carter said of the lob to Gasol in the
lane, which came after he went through the play's progressions as he
kept the five-second count in his head. "I just wanted to put it
where only Marc could get it and let him take care of the rest."
Said Gasol: "The guy guarding the inbounds pass jumped early. Great
pass. Right on point."
Carter's 20 points, at 39 years and 287 days old, were the most by a
player of that age in the NBA since Michael Jordan, at 40 years and
53 days, scored 25 for the Washington Wizards on April 11, 2003.
"My old-timer is pretty good," said Memphis coach David Fizdale.
Denver guard Emmanuel Mudiay, who scored a game-high 23 points,
appeared to have made the winning basket with 7.9 seconds left in
the fourth quarter. Trailing 106-105, the Nuggets trapped point
guard Mike Conley on an inbounds play. Guard Gary Harris stole the
ball and passed to Mudiay, who finished with a running dunk.
In the moment, Conley threw his hands up in the air clearly shocked
no foul was called.
"I don't wanna get fined, man," Conley said afterward. "I got a lot
of words for that call."
But the Grizzlies, after turning the ball over with 4.7 seconds
left, got a reprieve when Conley stole Mike Miller's inbounds pass.
Conley drove toward the basket and the ball flew out of bounds but
was ruled Memphis ball. Then Carter found Gasol for the winning
The turnover was one of 22 for Denver on the night and those
turnovers led to 24 Memphis points.
"We have to take care of the ball," said Nuggets coach Michael
Malone. "That's it, just take care of the ball."
Said Mudiay: "We had it. It was in our favor, but we got to execute
down the stretch. You can think about it tonight, but then you've
got to let it go. That's why God made different days."
Gasol finished with 19 points and six assists. Forward Zach Randolph
scored 16 points with eight rebounds off the bench. Conley had 10
points, seven assists and five steals. And Carter, besides hitting 8
of 13 shots, added five assists, three rebounds and two blocks in 31
minutes off the bench.
"I'll feel it," Carter said of all the court time. "But it's like I
told coach, I'll deal with it later on."
All five Denver starters scored in double-figures with Danilo
Gallinari scoring 21 points with seven rebounds, Harris 15 points,
forward Nikola Jokic 12 points and center Jusuf Nurkic chipping in
11 points with seven rebounds.
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Grizzlies center Marc Gasol (33) celebrates during the second half
against the Denver Nuggets at FedExForum. The Memphis Grizzlies
defeated the Denver Nuggets 108-107. Mandatory Credit: Justin
Ford-USA TODAY Sports
Denver (3-4) hit 35 of 70 shots from the floor for 50 percent,
including 10 of 24 from 3-point range.
Mudiay was 7 of 13 from the floor and also had seven assists, but
was frustrated by his seven turnovers.
"I'm sucking at taking care of the ball," he said.
Memphis (4-4) made 44 of 86 from the field and 7 of 24 from long
range. The Grizzlies dominated points in the paint 58-34; they
entered the game ranked 28th in the league in that category,
averaging 35.4 points per game.
Memphis handed out 29 assists to 14 turnovers.
"Our pace was a little better," Gasol said. "The cutting and
screening were better."
Rookie Andrew Harrison perhaps took a step toward winning the
Grizzlies' backup point guard job as he finished with 10 points, six
assists, four steals, a block and three turnovers in 26 minutes.
While the Nuggets wrapped up a five-game road swing, the Grizzlies
are about to start a four-game road trip.
"It's a big win, an emotional win," Carter said. "Something to rally
NOTES: Second-year Denver G Emmanuel Mudiay scored 24 points in the
first quarter of the team's 123-107 victory at Boston on Sunday and
finished with a career-high 30 points. Mudiay went 9 of 10 from the
floor in the first quarter and was 3 of 4 from 3-point range. ...
Memphis PG Mike Conley came into Tuesday's game leading the team in
scoring (20.8 points per game) and assists (6.7). He was one of only
eight NBA players leading his team in both categories. ... Denver SG
Will Barton missed his fourth straight game with a sprained left
ankle. ... Grizzlies G/F Tony Allen was out with a right groin
injury. Allen was held out of the first three games this season with
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