CHICAGO (AP) - The game plan was simple for the Grizzles in overtime: Utilize one of the most imposing front lines in the NBA.
Marc Gasol (216-C-85, agency: Interperformances) scored 19 points, Zach Randolph had 13 points and 19 rebounds, and Memphis beat the Chicago Bulls 85-82 on Saturday night.
Marc Gasol and Randolph combined for seven of the nine overtime points for the Grizzlies.
"When we got into overtime we went to our horses, Zach Randolph and Marc Marc Gasol. We played an inside-outside game. Our All-Star bigs took over the game," the Grizzlies' Tony Allen said.
Memphis scored the first six points of the extra period, Marc Gasol's putback making it 82-76. The Bulls cut it to 83-80 on Jimmy Butler's layup and had a chance to tie, but Nate Robinson missed a 3-pointer with 25 seconds left.
Robinson made a layup with 6.6 seconds left, but Jerryd Bayless scored with 4.8 seconds remaining to make it 85-82. Carlos Boozer missed a 3 as time expired.
Chicago, playing its third consecutive overtime game in four days, didn't have enough in overtime. The Bulls played without forward Luol Deng and had to fight back from a 17-point, third-quarter deficit.
Butler, starting in place of Deng, scored a career-high 18 points and Boozer added 17 as the Bulls had a three-game winning streak snapped.
"It was nerve-wrecking at first. I was rushing things. Joakim (Noah) and Booz told me to calm down and play like you are coming off the bench," Butler said of his first career start.
The Bulls shot just 3 for 10 in overtime, but forward Taj Gibson didn't blame fatigue for the loss.
"You just have to play through it. We had a chance to win this game in the fourth. We had a couple of times to take advantage in overtime," Gibson said. "We had some bad shots in the game and we couldn't rebound the ball late. Even though we won the rebounding battle, we gave up too many offensive rebounds."
The Bulls are 3-1 in overtime this season. The three consecutive overtime games are the first in franchise history.
Chicago played without Noah in the fourth quarter and overtime.
"That's just a coaching decision," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said.
It was one that surprised Randolph.
"I was wondering why they kept Noah out," he said.
Noah left without talking to reporters.
Robinson banked in a 3 with 1:33 left in regulation to give Chicago a 75-72 lead, then Marc Gasol scored four consecutive points to get Memphis the lead back at 75-74. Marco Belinelli split a pair of free throws to tie the game at 76 with 31.4 seconds to play. After Randolph missed an 18-footer with 4.9 seconds left, Robinson missed a 21-footer as time expired, sending the game into overtime.
"Offensive rebounding ultimately got us the win. We were battling and battling. They made some tough defensive plays and then we finished off the possession with an offensive rebound and they couldn't finish it off with a defensive rebound," said Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins.
After trailing by 17 early in the third quarter, the Bulls cut it to five early in the fourth quarter, but Memphis quickly answered. Allen made a pair of free throws and Mike Conley had a steal and layup to make it 64-55 with 9:30 left before the Bulls rallied.
"In the overtime, we moved the ball better. We created some open shots and we kept attacking the paint," Marc Gasol said. "I think they got too many easy buckets and that's why they got back in the game. Too many of those."
Memphis has won two straight after dropping three in a row.
Rudy Gay finished with 16 points and Conley had 13 points and nine assists.
Trailing 30-25 midway through the second quarter, the Grizzlies scored 13 unanswered points to take a 38-30 lead with 1:57 left in the half. Gay scored six straight points in the span.
Memphis led 44-34 at the half. Conley scored 10 points in the half and Marc Gasol had nine. Boozer and Noah led the Bulls with 10 points apiece. Chicago was just 5-for-18 shooting in the second quarter and committed six turnovers.
"In the second quarter we got in a big hole," Thibodeau said. "That went into the third quarter and we could not get organized. The group that went in there battled back and we wanted to ride it to see if we could climb back into it."
After Boozer's basket opened up the third quarter, Allen capped off an 8-0 run with a dunk to extend the lead to 52-36. Gay's jumper gave Memphis a 54-37 lead, its largest of the game.
Randolph, who missed Friday's win over Sacramento with a sore back, played 41 minutes.
"He got all of his work done without having to dominate the ball. He just did it all with dirty work. Offensive and defensive glass," said Conley.
Deng, averaging a team-high 17.4 points, tried to play through a sore right hamstring in Friday's overtime win at Boston but scored a season-low three points on 1-of-6 shooting before aggravating the injury and exiting late in the third quarter.
NOTES: The Grizzlies swept the season series. ? Deng is listed day-to-day and there are no plans for an MRI. Courtesy of: Associated Press
EuroLeague: Balanced offence leads Real past Zalgiris - 1 day ago
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Real Madrid - Zalgiris 96:91 Real Madrid claimed the eighth victory in EuroLeague regular season. They held off visiting Zalgiris in the Spanish capital on Thursday. Six players scored in double digits for the hosts. Luka Doncic (201-PG-99) led the effort with 17 points. Real dropped 25 points in the first period to take a 3-point lead. Zalgiris denied the deficit in the second term. The Lithuanian powerhouse tied things up at 49 heading into the second half. Real regained the advantage... [read more]
Real Madrid - Zalgiris 96:91
Real Madrid claimed the eighth victory in EuroLeague regular season. They held off visiting Zalgiris in the Spanish capital on Thursday. Six players scored in double digits for the hosts. Luka Doncic (201-PG-99) led the effort with 17 points. Real dropped 25 points in the first period to take a 3-point lead. Zalgiris denied the deficit in the second term. The Lithuanian powerhouse tied things up at 49 heading into the second half. Real regained the advantage after the long break. The hosts poured in 25 points in the third term to take a 5-point advantage. They protected the lead throughout the fourth quarter and registered a tough win at the end. Gustavo Ayon (207-C/F-85, college: San Jose St.) had 14 points and 7 rebounds, while Felipe Reyes (204-PF-80) added 12 points for the hosts. Kevin Pangos (188-PG-93, college: Gonzaga) answered with 19 points for Zalgiris. Brock Motum (208-F/C-90, college: Washington St.) had 17 points in the loss.
ICL Manresa (Liga Endesa) inked 27-year old Ukrainian international power forward Igor Zaytsev (210-99kg-89). He already started the season at Stelmet Zielona Gora in Polish PLK league, but left the team in Dec.'16,. In 9 games he averaged 4.8ppg and 2.0rpg this season. Zaytsev also played 7 games in Basketball Champions League where he had 4.1ppg and 2.7rpg. The last season he played at Rosa (TBL) in Polish league. In 40 games he recorded 10.8ppg and 5.1rpg. Zaytsev helped them to win th... [read more]
ICL Manresa (Liga Endesa) inked 27-year old Ukrainian international power forward Igor Zaytsev (210-99kg-89). He already started the season at Stelmet Zielona Gora in Polish PLK league, but left the team in Dec.'16,. In 9 games he averaged 4.8ppg and 2.0rpg this season. Zaytsev also played 7 games in Basketball Champions League where he had 4.1ppg and 2.7rpg. The last season he played at Rosa (TBL) in Polish league. In 40 games he recorded 10.8ppg and 5.1rpg. Zaytsev helped them to win the cup and make to league final. He also played 9 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he got 11.6ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.2apg. Among other achievements Zaytsev received Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague Most Improved Player of the Year award and Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague 2nd Team award back in 2011. He has been also a member of Ukrainian international program for some years. Zaytsev has regularly played for Ukrainian senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team between 2008 and 2009. He also represented Ukraine at the European Championships last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 8.2ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 40.0%. Zaytsev has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Zaytsev has played previously professionally in Iran (Petrochimi) and Ukraine (Azovmash, Kryvbas, Khimik and Krivbas DYUSH-5 Kryvyi Rih). His game is described as:
A very good outside shooter for his size, he's very effective at both the 5 and 4 positions.
Carlson's 31-point game gives him LEB Gold Player of the Week award - 2 days ago
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25-year old power forward Mike Carlson (206-F/C-91, agency: Duran International) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's best team Gipuzkoa GBC and receives a Eurobasket.com LEB Gold Player of the Week award for round 13. He had the game-high 31 points adding nine rebounds and two assists for Gipuzkoa GBC as his team lost the game against Castello (#13, 5-8) 73-79. Despite this loss Gipuzkoa GBC managed to keep Spanish LEB Gold leading position. They afford to l... [read more]
25-year old power forward Mike Carlson (206-F/C-91, agency: Duran International) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's best team Gipuzkoa GBC and receives a Eurobasket.com LEB Gold Player of the Week award for round 13. He had the game-high 31 points adding nine rebounds and two assists for Gipuzkoa GBC as his team lost the game against Castello (#13, 5-8) 73-79. Despite this loss Gipuzkoa GBC managed to keep Spanish LEB Gold leading position. They afford to lose this game, but they have to be very careful to avoid similar "accidents". Gipuzkoa GBC has a very solid 9-4 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. In the team's last game Carlson had a remarkable five three-pointers out of 10 attempts. He turned to be Gipuzkoa GBC's top player in his first season with the team. Truman State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Carlson is in league's top in points (5th best: 15.7ppg) and averages solid 40.9% from behind 3-point line.
Second best performed player last round was Zaid Hearst (193-G) of Araberri. He is American-Nigerian guard in his first season at Araberri. In the last game Hearst recorded impressive 29 points and 9 rebounds. Of course Araberri cruised to a 94-82 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Palencia (#5, 9-4). This victory allowed Araberri to move up to 8th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 8-5 record is not bad and everything may still change. Hearst is a newcomer at Araberri and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.2ppg (#2). He also registered 4.2 boards per game.
Third place about best performers goes to guard Nikola Rakocevic (191-G-91, agency: Dynamics Global Management) of Caceres (#11). Rakocevic got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He was a key player of Caceres, leading his team to a 83-78 win against the lower-ranked FC Barcelona II (#18, 2-11). The chances of Caceres ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 7 games, recording just six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Rakocevic could help Caceres to bring them higher in the standings. Rakocevic has a great season in Spain. After 11 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.0ppg (3rd best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Alberto Fontet (213-C-86) of Huesca - 19 points and 8 rebounds 5. Oliver Arteaga (208-C-83) of Melilla - 23 points and 3 rebounds 6. Jordi Trias (208-F-80) of FC Barcelona II - 15 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists 7. Jose Salvador Arco (196-G-84) of Breogan - 25 points and 3 rebounds 8. Pep Ortega (201-PF-84) of Prat - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists 9. Nikola Cvetinovic (203-PF-88) of Araberri - 19 points and 11 rebounds 10. Felipe Dos Anjos (218-C-98) of Oviedo - 14 points and 9 rebounds
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
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