Atlanta was down 89-86 with 55 seconds left and Al Harrington,
who scored 26 points, barely missed a basket when the ball rolled
around the rim and out. Miller then took a pass from Gasol and hit
a 3-pointer for a 92-86 lead with 25.3 seconds left to clinch the
It was the same play that failed earlier when Gasol took a shot
despite being double-teamed, instead of kicking it out to Miller.
The Memphis center was fouled and made one of two free throws for a
89-84 lead with 1:39 left.
"I told Coach they left off me the last time when Pau got
fouled," Miller said. "I said, `The next time we run that play,
just make sure Pau looks out there.' He did and he found me."
Gasol almost did the same thing, but at the last second passed
out to Miller.
"They came at me with a couple of defenders and the shot clock
was going down," Gasol said. "I took too long to make my move, so
I kicked it out to Mike who was wide open."
Antoine Walker scored 31 points for the Hawks, who snapped a
nine-game losing streak Monday night. They kept it close despite
missing their first 12 shots and falling behind by 11 points early.
The Hawks led after three periods when Josh Smith made two free
throws for a 66-65 lead. The Grizzlies, however, scored the next
six points -- four by Bonzi Wells -- to grab a 71-66 lead and never
"They made some big shots down the stretch," Atlanta coach
Mike Woodson said. "Our defense kept us in the game, but we
couldn't get the stops we needed. In the fourth quarter, we just
ran out of juice."
Atlanta's Tony Delk made a basket with 5:01 left in the first
period to end the Hawks' drought at 12 missed shots, then rallied
to trail only 22-18 at the end of the quarter.
Memphis upped the margin to 28-18 before Atlanta went on an 11-0
run, including five points from Walker and a basket by Harrington
with 6:20 left before halftime to take its only lead at 29-28.
Memphis led 44-39 at the half, led by 16 points from Gasol.
Delk swished a basket from half court just a second after
the horn ending the first period. ... The Hawks, 29th in free-throw
shooting at 66.3 percent, hit 15-of-16 in the first half, including
5-of-5 from Walker, a 51 percent shooter. ... Woodson and assistant
coach Herb Brown, assistants with the Detroit Pistons last season,
will receive their NBA championship rings Friday night in pregame
ceremonies when the Hawks visit Detroit.
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