Mike Conley held off a defender to hit a one-handed, leaning shot with 26 seconds left, and that shot helped the Memphis Grizzlies hold off the Milwaukee Bucks, 116-113. Wednesday night at Fiserv Forum.
Conley’s circus shot gave the Grizzlies (8-5) a 113-109 lead, came with just two seconds left on the shot clock after Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe briefly knocked the ball away.
After Ersan Ilyasova scored off an offensive rebound, Conley made two free throws with 9.9 seconds left.
Pat Connaughton scored with 2.9 seconds left, and Shelvin Mack missed 1 of 2 free throws with 2.1 seconds left, but Khris Middleton could not connect on a hotly contested 3-pointer at the buzzer.
The Bucks (10-4) lost at home for the first time, their first loss ever at the Fiserv Forum. Wednesday’s loss was the first game of a six-game homestand.
Struggling throughout the night with their 3-point shooting, the Bucks went 4 for 23 in the first half and finished the night 9 for 35 behind the arc.
Trailing nearly all of the night, the Bucks went on a 27-4 run over the last two minutes of the third period and first three minutes of the fourth to take a 94-86 lead.
The Grizzlies came back with 3-pointers from Marshon Brooks and Marc Gasol to halt the Bucks’ momentum.
A 3-pointer by Bledsoe gave the Bucks a 99-94 lead with 5:20 left, but the Grizzlies went on a 12-0 run from there. One fo the points came off a Budenholzer technical — his second of the night, leading to his first ejection as Bucks coach. The technical came after a turnover in which Malcolm Brogdon got hit in the face and pushed out of bounds with no foul called.
Gasol’s 3-pointer with 2:07 left gave the Grizzlies a 109-101 lead, but the Bucks rallied fiercely. Giannis Antetokounmpo’s 3-point play with 48.9 seconds left capped a 10-2 run that got the Bucks within 111-109, but Conley’s circus shot rescued the Grizzlies.
Antetokounmpo led all scorers with 31 points. Middleton added 25 and Pat Connaughton chipped in 17 as a huge spark plug off the bench.
Gasol led Memphis with 29, and Conley had 26.