Grizzlies top Wizards in OT

Their 10-point fourth-quarter lead squandered, Marc Gasol had a

feeling the Grizzlies would regroup.

And they did.

O.J. Mayo scored 28 points, Zach Randolph had six of his 23

points in overtime and the Grizzlies beat the Washington Wizards

116-111 on Monday night.

Gasol finished with 20, and his two free throws with 9.5

seconds extended the Memphis lead to 115-111, assuring the

Grizzlies of their fourth straight home win.

“We have faith in each other,” Gasol said. “We know everybody

can make plays. We did kind of run a little out of gas. But we won.

In the end, that’s all that matters.”

Randolph made two free throws with 0.3 seconds left in

regulation, sending the game to overtime tied at 102.

“That one stung,” Wizards guard Randy Foye (11 points) said

of the play leading to the foul. “We had no time on the clock and

up by two. We stopped the initial play, and Zach Randolph went to

the basket and got fouled. This one is going to be hard to

swallow.”

Mike Conley scored 22 for Memphis. Randolph had 19 rebounds,

and Gasol added 11 boards as the Grizzlies outrebounded the Wizards

54-41 and outscored them in the paint 62-42. Memphis is now 6-0 at

home this season against teams with losing records.

“We’ve got to win the games we’re supposed to win, if we want

to get to where we want to get to,” Mayo said. “The Wizards are

capable of beating any team in the NBA.”

Gilbert Arenas led the Wizards with 30 points, connecting on

12-of-26 shots from the field, including 5-of-11 from 3-point

range.

“We just couldn’t get a break,” Arenas said. “We are just not

getting the breaks that we need. They are all going against us.”

Memphis went up 111-106 in the extra period on Randolph’s tip

with 1:49 left.

Washington closed to 113-111 when Arenas made 1-of-2 free

throws with 32.4 seconds left. But Gasol’s two free throws gave

Memphis enough of a cushion for the victory.

“We couldn’t make a big stop,” Wizards coach Flip Saunders

said. “We couldn’t get a key rebound. I can’t fault our guys. We

were down 10 and came back.”

The Wizards, who trailed by 10 in the fourth, tied the score

at 100 when Brendan Haywood hit one free throw with 30.8 seconds

left in regulation.

Two free throws by Butler with 9.4 seconds left completed a

7-0 run by the Wizards after Memphis had taken a 100-95 lead with

just over 2 minutes left.

After Randolph tied it, Arenas fired a desperation shot from

the right corner, but it spun out as time expired in regulation.

“We just kept making enough plays to get the win,” Memphis

coach Lionel Hollins said. “It was a tough battle. It looked like

it was won, then it looked like it was lost a few times. We just

hung in there and kept playing. That’s what you have to do in those

situations — play until it is over.”

The Grizzlies were without leading scorer Rudy Gay, who was

sidelined with a left ankle injury sustained Saturday in a loss at

Dallas. Rookie DeMarre Carroll started in Gay’s place.

“We needed everybody to step up and play,” Hollins said,

later adding: “Everyone did what they needed to do to get a win.”

Trailing 51-50, Memphis opened the second half with a 17-7

run.

But neither team could take hold of a lead. Washington

chipped into the lead at times behind Jamison’s 10 points in the

third quarter.

Andray Blatche’s 3-pointer from the right corner cut the

Memphis lead to 81-80 entering the fourth.

Memphis got the game’s first double-digit lead by opening the

fourth with an 11-2 rally for a 92-82 lead on Mayo’s 20-footer.

Washington started the quarter 2-of-10 from the field, and

committed four turnovers, helping Memphis extend the lead.

Meanwhile, Memphis has won 13 of its last 20 after starting

the season 1-8.

“All we’ve been doing is great,” Gasol said, “and we see the

results. Now, we have to work harder because everybody is going to

make adjustments because everybody knows we’re playing good.”

Notes: The Wizards are one of only four teams that

the Grizzlies have a winning record against. The Raptors, Clippers

and the Bobcats are the other three. The Grizzlies have won five

straight home games over the Wizards. The last time Washington won

in Memphis came on Nov. 3, 2004. Arenas had committed seven

turnovers in three straight games entering Monday night. He had

four miscues against the Grizzlies. Washington’s 11 3-pointers was

a season high for shots made beyond the arc. Memphis had 15

offensive rebounds, and have grabbed at least 10 offensive rebounds

in 11 straight. Memphis leads the league in offensive rebounds.