MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The Memphis Grizzlies survived a
desperation 3-pointer from Reggie Miller, making sure not to give
the Pacers another chance in overtime.
Miller's shot at the end of regulation tied the game at 98-98,
but the Grizzlies outscored the Pacers 6-1 down the stretch of
overtime to defeat Indiana 108-103 Tuesday night.
"I think we were controlling the game pretty good, and it hurt
us that they forced overtime,'' said Pau Gasol, who led the
Grizzlies with 24 points and 14 rebounds. "That was a tough shot,
last-second, but we should have won it in regular time.''
The Grizzlies won for the third time in four games since the
In the last week, they have defeated division leaders Indiana
and New Jersey and won on the road at Milwaukee. Their only loss in
that span was to the Mavericks.
Reggie Miller missed the opening shot in the final sequence of
regulation from the top of the key, but tracked it down in the
right corner, pumped and nailed the jumper.
"I kind of figured he was going to hit it,'' Memphis point
guard Jason Williams said. "He hadn't hit one all game.''
Like the Grizzlies, Miller was disappointed there was even a
need for overtime, especially since the Pacers led by as many as 12
in the first half.
"The game shouldn't have gone into overtime,'' Miller said.
"We lost our focus and our poise. We didn't maintain what got us
the big lead in the first place.''
In overtime, the teams were tied at 102 with 2:50 remaining
before Wesley Person scored four in the final 6-1 run.
Jermaine O'Neal and Ron Artest led the Pacers with 23 each,
O'Neal grabbing 15 rebounds, while Reggie Miller finished with 22 --
including 15 in the second half. Brad Miller had 16 points and 14
rebounds for Indiana.
Memphis coach Hubie Brown was ejected at the 8:56 mark of the
first quarter, getting back-to-back technicals, first from Sean
Corbin, then from Steve Javie. Lionel Hollins replaced Brown
running the team.
"After the coach left, I told the guys, 'It doesn't matter
who's coaching you guys, you still have to play the game,' "
Hollins said. "They were a little bit wobbly and unstable having
somebody else's voice in the huddle.
"Once they got comfortable, they turned it around and got to
playing the way that we have been playing since the All-Star
Despite missing 14 of their first 17 shots and having their
coach ejected, the Grizzlies managed to lead 48-45 at the half.
Gasol had nine to lead Memphis.
Memphis extended its lead in the third, leading by as many as 13
with two minutes left in the quarter.
Reggie Miller hit an off-balance 3-pointer as time ran out in
the period to cap a 7-0 run to end the third, cutting the
Grizzlies' lead to 78-72 entering the fourth.
"Right now, we're not playing smart enough as a team,'' Indiana
coach Isiah Thomas said. "We fight, we hustle, we do all those
things. We're just not smart enough right now to gut the games
The last Grizzlies coach ejected was Brian Hill during the
1998-99 season. ... Brown's only set the stage for the rest of the
game as the officials whistled a total of five technical fouls.
O'Neal and Artest for them for hanging on the rim after dunks. ...
Gasol tied a career-high with seven blocks. ... Memphis won for
only the second time in the series. Indiana still holds a 12-2
advantage. ... Indiana is now 6-2 in overtime games this season,
while Memphis is 2-4. ... O'Neal registered his 29th double-double
of the season, while Brad Miller and Gasol each collected their
20th. ... Reggie Miller's four 3-pointers give him 2,300 for his
career. ... Brad Miller made his 1,000th career field goal.