NBA Game Summary - Dallas at Memphis|
(Wednesday, April 16th)
Final Score: Memphis 106, Dallas 105 (OT)
Memphis, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - Mike Conley corralled a Monta Ellis miss
with seven seconds remaining in overtime and took off the other way.
Like a running back, he put his head down, tried to split four Mavericks on a
drive to the basket and drew a foul.
Conley hit the subsequent free throws with 1.1 seconds remaining in overtime
Wednesday to lift the Memphis Grizzlies to a 106-105 win over Dallas that
clinched them the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference playoffs.
Following a Dallas timeout, Ellis, who scored 14 of his 18 points in the
fourth quarter and overtime, hit the back of the rim on a jumper from the top
of the key at the buzzer.
"It felt good, but it didn't go down," Ellis said.
Memphis (50-32), which began the season 13-17 while dealing with a plethora of
injuries, finished 37-15 and will face the second-seeded Oklahoma City Thunder
in the first round.
The Grizzlies knocked off the Russell Westbrook-less Thunder in the Western
Conference semifinals last season before getting swept by San Antonio in the
Zach Randolph had 27 points and 14 rebounds, Marc Gasol tallied 19 points,
nine boards and nine assists and Conley added 22 points and five helpers in
"Getting 50 wins is something you want on your resume as a player, and people
remember those. Those are special seasons. It's a standard, a golden standard
I think," Grizzlies head coach Dave Joerger said.
Dallas (49-33), meanwhile, will clash with their in-state rival Spurs in the
Dirk Nowitzki netted a game-high 30 points in defeat.
Devin Harris hit a jumper to stake Dallas to an 86-80 advantage with 7:58 left
in the fourth, but Mike Miller capped a 9-2 flurry with a triple for an 89-88
Memphis edge with 3:20 to go.
A Randolph steal and layup gave the Grizzlies a 93-90 lead, but Ellis swished
a right wing 3-pointer with 13 ticks on the clock to send the game to an extra
session. Randolph missed a step-back jumper at the other end and Courtney Lee
turned the ball over on the ensuing inbounds.
The tilt was tied 102-102 before Nowitzki rose and nailed a left wing triple
with 46 seconds showing. Tony Allen's putback layup with 31.4 seconds on the
clock cut the deficit to 105-104.
Earlier, the Grizzlies led 29-24 after a quarter of play, but Dallas outscored
them 29-22 in the second and took a 53-51 edge into the break.
Memphis held a 75-73 advantage after three.
There were 16 ties and 15 lead changes ... The Grizzlies held a 58-42 points
in the paint advantage ... Memphis shot 48.9 percent (43-of-88) from the
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