Grizzlies beat Nuggets on Gasol’s buzzer beater
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Marc Gasol scored on an inbounds pass from Vince Carter at the buzzer to lift the Memphis Grizzlies to a 108-107 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night.
Gasol’s basket came over Emmanuel Mudiay on a high-arcing pass from Carter underneath the Memphis goal. When Carter inbounded the ball there were 0.7 seconds left.
Gasol had 19 points for the Grizzlies, who had lost two straight, while Zach Randolph added 16.
Mudiay had 23 points and Danilo Gallinari added 21 for the Nuggets.
Mudiay appeared to have led the Nuggets to a victory when he stripped the ball from Mike Conley and converted a fastbreak layup with 7.9 seconds left.
But Conley came up with a steal in the closing seconds and drove the length of the court before the ball was knocked out of bounds by Denver with 0.7 seconds to go.
The Grizzlies went up 83-76 early in the fourth quarter on a twisting layup by Jarell Martin and led by 95-88 following a driving layup by Andrew Harrison midway through the quarter.
But the Nuggets battled back to take their first lead of the final period, 99-98, on a 3-pointer by Nikola Jokic, with 4:27 left.
The lead changed hands six times in closing 5 minutes.
The game was 56-all at the half. Denver shot 54 percent and outrebounded Memphis 23-17 to overcome 10 turnovers. Those Nuggets’ mistakes led to 16 Grizzlies’ points.
Memphis fell behind by seven points in the opening minutes, but recovered behind a 12-0 run in which free-agent pickup Chandler Parsons, playing in only his second game, scored his first points of the season. Parsons went 0 for 8 in Sunday’s game against Portland, but had consecutive layups in a 26-second span of the first quarter.
The Grizzlies built a 42-35 lead midway through the second quarter before the Nuggets closed to tie the game.
Nuggets: G Will Barton, who played at the University of Memphis, did not play because of an ankle injury. … Wilson Chandler participated in parts of Tuesday’s shootaround, but did not play. He is recovering from a left hamstring injury.
Grizzlies: G Tony Allen was placed on the inactive list before the game with a right groin injury. … Gasol entered the game having made a 3-pointer in each of the team’s seven games, but he missed his only attempt. He had nine 3-pointers in those seven games after having made 12 in his first eight seasons. … The Grizzlies started their sixth different lineup in eight games.
The Grizzlies entered the game ranked last in the NBA in field goal percentage, but shot 51.2 percent. The Grizzlies scored 58 points in the paint.
Nuggets: Denver returns home after a five-game trip to play the Warriors, whose two-time MVP Stephen Curry set a league record with 13 3-pointers en route to a 46-point effort against the Pelicans Monday night.
Grizzlies: Memphis plays Saturday at Milwaukee, following what amounts to an early season All-Star break — three straight days off. Milwaukee is 3-1 at home and the Grizzlies are 0-2 on the road.
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