Randolph, Gasol lead Grizzlies over Nets 76-72
- Article by: ADRIANO TORRES
- Associated Press
- February 24, 2013 - 10:29 PM
NEW YORK - Zach Randolph had 16 points and 14 rebounds, Marc Gasol scored 14 points and the Memphis Grizzlies won their seventh straight game, 76-72 over the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday night.
Tony Allen chipped in 12 points, including two free throws with 19.5 seconds left to give Memphis a 74-72 lead. Allen was originally credited with a basket after Brooklyn's MarShon Brooks was called for goaltending. After the referees looked over replays they switched their call and gave Allen two shots after he was grabbed by Nets forward Mirza Teletovic on the field goal attempt.
The referees made another questionable call before Allen's free throws.
With 26.9 seconds remaining, Deron Williams drove toward the rim and was met by Randolph with Allen trailing right behind him. As Williams was about to attempt his shot, replays clearly showed Allen fouling Williams as he jumped from behind, with Randolph also going trying to contest the shot.
Williams, who led Brooklyn with 24 points, fell hard on the arena floor, grabbed his lower left leg and ran up the court despite a noticeable limp.
Brooklyn had a chance to tie it with 10.9 seconds left, but Williams turned the ball over as he attempted to pass it to Teletovic but the pass was picked off by Tayshaun Prince. Williams then fouled Mike Conley, who sealed it with a pair of free throws.
After Brooklyn coach P.J. Carlesimo ended his postgame press conference, some players left without addressing the media. Nets general manager Billy King walked alongside Brook Lopez and Andray Blatche. King commented that the players would not be stopping in the hallway in order to avoid any possible fines on remarks they could make about the game's officiating.
Prince had 11 points to help the Grizzlies improve to 8-0 this season when holding opponents below 80 points.
Brooklyn had a 72-67 lead after Teletovic's fade away jumper with 2:50 left but the Grizzlies quickly tied it. Prince hit a 3-pointer with 2:31 remaining and Conley then made a 19-foot shot with 1:18 left after Brooklyn missed a pair of shots.
C.J. Watson had 11 points and Andray Blatche added 10 for the Nets, who were without Joe Johnson because of a sore left heel.
NOTES: Memphis's longest winning streak of the season is eight games (Nov. 2-17). . Memphis' 74 points is its second lowest season total. The Grizzlies scored 73 in a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on January 14. . The Grizzlies tied a season low with points allowed in a game. Denver also managed 72 points in a loss at Memphis. . Reggie Evans had 14 rebounds for Brooklyn.
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