The Milwaukee Bucks and Memphis Grizzlies switched leads 16 times in Milwaukee Saturday night, but the Bucks ultimately had the lead when it mattered the most, dealing Memphis their first loss of the season on Saturday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
Down 91-90 with 15 seconds left, the Bucks were forced to foul Mike Conley, who went 1-of-2 from the free throw line to keep Milwaukee in the game down just two. The Bucks got the ball back and Brandon Knight scored after taking it strong to the rack plus the foul, calmly hitting the subsequent free throw to give the Bucks their final margin. Memphis missed a three from the top of the key with 1.1 left, giving Milwaukee their third win and sending a spirited crowd home happy.
Here's our quick recap of everything that happened during tonight's game:
Milwaukee got off to a fast start with two early threes from Brandon Knight and Jabari Parker, helping the Bucks jump out to a 7-0 early lead. Memphis shot the ball poorly from the field, going 6-of-20 (30 percent) to start the game, but got back into the game by slowing the tempo and forcing the Bucks into seven turnovers in the first eight minutes.
Soon after, Larry Sanders picked up two bad early fouls that sent him to the bench after doing a solid job containing powerful big men Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph. With Sanders gone, the Grizzles capitalized, and charged back to eventually lead 23-21 at the end of the first with Gasol scoring eight. Ersan Ilyasova led the Bucks with seven points in the first, with Knight and Parker each adding five.
Sanders continued to stay in foul trouble during the second, while Memphis made their living at the line with a whopping 20 fouls shots in the first half.
Grizzlies go up 51-44.dish the ball out well, recording three of his seven assists early to start the second. Milwaukee registered 15 total assists in the first half, with Knight also adding a solid four. Randolph ended up banking a half-court buzzer beater, to end the half which helped the
After a stretch of three games in four days, Milwaukee will be off until Tuesday as they get set face the Oklahoma City Thunder at home.