Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 11/14

Game 1: Friday, November 14th
Bucks101Final
OT
Grizzlies96
Game 2: Saturday, April 4th
Grizzlies107Final
Bucks102

Grizzlies 107

(22-54, 8-30 away)

Bucks 102

(32-46, 20-18 home)

    Coverage: FSWI

    8:30 PM ET, April 4, 2009

    BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI

    1 2 3 4 T
    MEM 16 38 28 25107
    MIL 20 18 35 29102

    Top Performers

    Memphis: R. Gay 26 Pts, 4 Reb, 2 Ast, 3 Stl

    Milwaukee: C. Bell 23 Pts, 7 Reb, 5 Ast

    Gay contributes 26 as Grizzlies grab fourth straight

    Associated Press

    MILWAUKEE -- It's obviously far too late to make a difference this season, but the Memphis Grizzlies suddenly seem to be making significant strides under coach Lionel Hollins.

    Powered by Rudy Gay's 26 points -- including a windmill dunk that inspired a kid sitting courtside to holler, "Rudy! That was nasty!" -- the Grizzlies beat the Milwaukee Bucks 107-102 on Saturday to win their fourth straight game, tying a season high.

    Fast Facts


    • The Grizzlies won their fourth straight led by Rudy Gay's 26 points, his fourth straight 20-point game.

    • The four-game win streak matches the Grizzlies' longest of the season.

    • The Bucks dropped their fourth straight home game despite 16 points and 11 assists from Ramon Sessions.

    -- ESPN Stats & Information

    "It's huge for us," Gay said. "For our morale, for how hard we worked. It was big for us. We worked hard and now it's taking off."

    Gay looked unstoppable in spurts for the young Grizzlies, who seem to be coming together under Hollins, a former Bucks assistant who took over as the Grizzlies' head coach in January.

    "When you start getting wins and see that you have the capability to win in this league, that's what it's about," Hollins said. "Ultimately, we want to compete for a championship. You can't do that without starting at some point."

    Marc Gasol scored 19 points and had 10 rebounds for Memphis.

    Mike Conley added 17 and was 4-for-6 from 3-point range, saying afterward that the Grizzlies were "making the game fun again."

    Richard Jefferson scored 24 for the Bucks, who remain mathematically alive -- just barely -- for the playoffs but now would need to win their final four games and wind up in an unlikely multiteam tie for the final spot to get in.

    2009 NBA Playoffs

    Want an in-depth look at the playoffs? Check out all the matchups, analysis and opinion here:

    • Playoff pages

    Trailing by 20 after Gay's big dunk with 7:44 left in the third quarter, Milwaukee made a late run and missed a chance to tie the game when Charlie Bell missed a 3-pointer with about 7 seconds left.

    But Bucks coach Scott Skiles wasn't impressed -- not with his team having all but certainly squandered a shot at the playoffs by losing 12 of its last 15.

    "A team always battles back," Skiles said. "I'm kind of beyond tired of looking at that as a good thing."

    Bell finished with 23 points for Milwaukee and wished he could have hit his last shot. But if the Bucks miss the playoffs, Bell says their defense is mostly to blame.

    "The beginning of March, we were right there in the eighth [playoff] spot," said Bell, one of the team's best defenders. "We had a nice feeling. March just fell apart on the defensive end. I think defensively, we weren't playing as hard. Offensively, we just hit a rut."

    With Gay leading the way, Memphis took control with an 19-7 run midway through the second quarter. Gay scored 10 of the Grizzlies' points -- including a pair of 3-pointers -- during the scoring surge, which gave Memphis a 43-31 lead with 2:15 left in the half.

    Conley then launched a barrage of his own, hitting three 3-pointers in the final 1:55 of the first half to give the Grizzlies a 54-38 lead into halftime.

    Memphis built its lead despite 10 turnovers in the first half -- including a few that careened awkwardly out of bounds or went into the Grizzlies' bench.

    Gay had 14 first-half points and didn't slow down after halftime.

    He scored another eight points in the first five minutes of the third quarter, including a slick turnaround jumper and the powerful windmill dunk off a fast break that put Memphis up by 20.

    Milwaukee went on a 16-3 run over the next four minutes and went into the fourth quarter down by 9, then made a 9-2 run in the final two minutes before Bell's game-tying 3-pointer was off target.

    Saturday's game was a homecoming of sorts for Hollins, who was hired away from Skiles' staff to replace Marc Iavaroni on Jan. 25

    "It was great to come in and see the guys," Hollins said.

    Game notes


    The Bucks announced that center Andrew Bogut would sit out the remainder of the season because of a lingering back injury. ... Saturday was doubly painful for Milwaukee's Charlie Villanueva: To pay off a friendly wager with Bell, a former Michigan State player, Villanueva must wear a Michigan State jersey in public after his Huskies lost to the Spartans in Saturday's final four game.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press

    SPONSORED HEADLINES

    Team Stat Comparison

     
    MEM
    MIL
    Points 107 102
    FGM-FGA 34-66 (.515) 38-79 (.481)
    3PM-3PA 11-18 (.611) 11-25 (.440)
    FTM-FTA 28-34 (.824) 15-21 (.714)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 7-41 5-28
    Assists 24 28
    Turnovers 21 12
    Steals 10 9
    Blocks 1 2
    Fast Break Points 7 10
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (0/0) 24 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 20 6

    Top Performers

    Memphis
    Milwaukee
    Rudy Gay Gay
    Points: 26
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0
    Charlie Bell Bell
    Points: 23
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0