CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Gerald Wallace tipped in Raymond Felton's
missed shot at the buzzer to give the Charlotte Bobcats an 89-87
victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday night, continuing
their home dominance.
Moments after O.J. Mayo's 3-pointer tied it, Felton drove to the
basket on DeMarre Carroll. His floater was too strong and didn't
hit iron, but Wallace leaped over Zach Randolph and put it through
as time expired.
Wallace tumbled to the floor, then jumped up and was mobbed by
Felton scored 19 points and Wallace had 18 points and eight
rebounds for the Bobcats, who won for the fourth time in five games
to improve to 13-4 at home.
Mayo scored 25 points for the Grizzlies, who fell to 0-8 on the
second night of back-to-back games.
A night after they beat Utah for the first time in 12 tries, the
Grizzlies seemed poised to snap a couple of other ugly streaks as
they built a 13-point, second-quarter lead behind Mayo's hot
Memphis had a chance to get to 19 wins, a feat it didn't
accomplish until March 30 last year. A ninth road win would match
last season's season total, and it would have been only the fourth
win in 30 tries on the second nights of back-to-backs in the past
Instead, the Grizzlies were left stunned as Wallace and the
Charlotte took an 87-84 lead on Felton's driving layup with 1:36
left. Randolph then missed two free throws for Memphis and Wallace
had a spectacular block of Mayo's driving layup.
But Felton missed both free throws at the other end with 14
seconds left to give the Grizzlies a chance, and Mayo buried a
3-pointer over Wallace from the top of the key with 8.8 seconds
left to tie it.
Wallace's heroics allowed Charlotte to overcome a subpar game
from Stephen Jackson, who scored 15 points but made just 6-of-20
shots and committed six turnovers.
Reserve Flip Murray added 14 points and helped lead Charlotte's
fourth-quarter comeback in the opener of its six-game homestand.
Randolph had 17 points and 12 rebounds, and Rudy Gay had 15
points and 10 rebounds for Memphis, which had won eight of 10.
The Bobcats took their first lead since early in the second
quarter and extended it to 83-78 with 4:37 left, thanks to
Jackson's three-point play and consecutive 3-pointers by Murray.
The Grizzlies responded to Charlotte's 9-0 run with a 6-0 spurt,
with Marc Gasol's dunk with 3:01 left putting Memphis ahead 84-83.
Charlotte got three shots on the next possession, capped by
Boris Diaw's driving layup to make it 85-84.
Memphis played without starting point guard Mike Conley, who was
a late scratch with a sore lower back. Marcus Williams started in
his place and had seven points and eight assists.
Jamaal Tinsley added three points and five assists after missing
the past two games because of a death in the family.
NOTES: Bobcats C Tyson Chandler (foot) missed his eighth
straight game and remained in a walking boot. ... Grizzlies G
Lester Hudson, claimed off waivers Friday from Boston, was active
ahead of C Hamed Haddadi. Hudson didn't play. ... Bobcats coach
Larry Brown said he wouldn't make any changes regarding card games
on planes in the wake of the Gilbert Arenas situation. "I don't
have a problem with my guys," he said. "Every plane I've ever
been on with this team all the people that work the flights say our
guys are the greatest, well mannered and well behaved."