(Sports Network) - The Memphis Grizzlies are coming off an impressive win over
one of the league's best and look to build on that momentum when they hit the
road to New Orleans to take on the Hornets.
The Grizzlies registered a 90-89 overtime victory versus the Oklahoma City
Thunder Wednesday night as Marc Gasol's tip-in of a missed layup from Zach
Randolph just prior to the final buzzer proved to be the difference.
Memphis did squander a 10-point lead in the third quarter, but pushed through
to score seven of the 13 points in overtime for its eighth win in 10 tries and
16th in the previous 19 contests. Randolph finished with 15 points and 18
rebounds, while Gasol notched 14 points and 15 boards.
"We were forced to handle adversity against a very good team. That says a lot
about our confidence down the stretch and believing we can win regardless,"
said Grizzlies guard Mike Conley, who had 24 points.
Jerryd Bayless posted 20 points in a reserve role for Memphis, which is in the
mix for the third seed in the Western Conference and sits three games behind
the Thunder for the No. 2 spot.
The Grizzlies look to stop a two-game road slide and are 19-13 away from home.
Meanwhile, New Orleans will resume its seven-game homestand and is 1-1 on the
residency following Wednesday's 87-86 win over the Boston Celtics on rookie
Anthony Davis' putback of an Eric Gordon miss with 0.3 seconds remaining.
Ryan Anderson scored 14 of his team-high 21 points in the second half to lead
the Hornets back from a 13-point deficit early in the third quarter. Gordon
added 18 points and Davis finished with nine and eight rebounds for New
Orleans, which had a 45-28 advantage on the glass.
"This was a real big win for us," said Davis. "We've kind of struggled in
these close games and to win this one is a real boost of confidence for the
The Hornets ended a four-game slide, won for the second time in nine tries and
pushed their record in the Big Easy to 13-21. They will also play host to the
Nuggets, Clippers, Heat and Cavaliers.
Memphis has won two of three meetings with New Orleans this season and seven
of the past nine encounters between the teams. Memphis, though, has lost 11 of
15 and 13 of its last 19 trips to the Crescent City.
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