NBA Game Summary - Memphis at Chicago|
(Friday, March 7th)
Final Score: Memphis 85, Chicago 77
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Marc Gasol registered 18 points and 10
rebounds to guide the Memphis Grizzlies to a gritty 85-77 win over the Chicago
Mike Miller went 4-of-5 from beyond the arc and scored 14 for the Grizzlies,
who have won eight of their last 11 games. Mike Conley and Kosta Koufos both
had 12 points, while Zach Randolph totaled 10 points and 11 boards in his
return to the lineup. Randolph did not play against the Nets Wednesday because
of flu-like symptoms.
"We played good basketball, we played good defense," Randolph said. "We got
stops when we needed stops. Marc had a great game. It was a team win."
Taj Gibson had 10 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter for Chicago, which
had its five-game home winning streak broken. Joakim Noah ended with 15
points, eight boards and six assists.
"We didn't play well in the second half," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. "In
this league you usually get what you deserve. Missed shots are part of it. You
can deal with that, but your defense and your rebounding you have to be able
to count on."
The Bulls lost the lead late in the third quarter and never got it back.
A putback from Koufos with 1.7 seconds left in the third gave the Grizzlies a
65-63 edge. Conley's layup early in the fourth capped a 16-2 spurt that made
the score 70-63.
Chicago got within two a few times in the final period, but some late mistakes
cost the Bulls. With Chicago down 83-77, Kirk Hinrich missed a driving layup
with 1:49 left, and on the next offensive possession Noah was whistled for a
traveling violation. Gasol then cleaned up a Randolph miss, and the resulting
tip-in accounted for the final margin with 21.9 seconds left.
The Bulls went 5-of-23 from the field in the opening 12 minutes, but only
trailed 15-12 after the first quarter. The hosts turned it around in the
second by connecting on 11-of-15 attempts and gained a 39-35 halftime edge.
Miller scored eight in the third quarter to help the visitors rally from an
eight-point deficit. Noah's hook shot with 3:40 let in the period boosted
Chicago to a 61-54 edge before Memphis' big push.
Chicago, which opened a six-game homestand Friday, hosts the Heat, Spurs, and
Rockets along with the Thunder during the big stay at United Center, which
lasts until March 17 ... Memphis is 33-15 against NBA teams outside the
Southwest Division this season (2-11 against Southwest Division opponents) ...
D.J. Augustin had 14 points for Chicago, which was 2-of-13 from 3-point range.
03/07 23:44:45 ET