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Gasol's last-second shot lifts Grizzlies over Rockets

Mar 5, 2015 - 5:47 AM Houston, TX ( - Marc Gasol made a jumper with 0.1 seconds remaining to lift the Memphis Grizzlies over the Houston Rockets, 102-100, on Wednesday.

Trailing 98-91 with 3:01 left, the Rockets scored seven straight points to tie things up. Terrence Jones and James Harden made jumpers around a Corey Brewer 3-pointer to make it 98-98 with 1:27 to go.

Memphis guard Courtney Lee stopped the bleeding with two free throws. Jones responded with a hook shot, and Gasol missed on the other end.

The Grizzlies got the ball back after Zach Randolph blocked Harden's layup. Gasol followed with his game-winning shot to give Memphis a 2 1/2-game lead over the Rockets in the Southwest Division.

"The play was designed for the other side, the strong side of the court, but the pass lead me to the right side. I caught it and tried to drive and created a little space with my body and was fortunate to make the shot," Gasol said.

Gasol ended with 21 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the Grizzlies, who had lost three of four coming into the game. Mike Conley had 17 points and six assists and Randolph contributed 15 points and eight boards.

Jones had 21 points and nine rebounds for the Rockets, who had a five-game home winning streak snapped. Harden tallied 18 points and 13 assists in his return after a one-game suspension for kicking LeBron James on Sunday.

"We had turnovers early, we missed shots early. We missed the easy plays," Rockets coach Kevin McHale said.

The Rockets used an 18-4 run to grab a 25-13 lead with five minutes left in the first quarter. Houston made five 3-pointers in the period en route to a 31-24 edge.

Memphis got within two late in the second stanza, but Josh Smith made a 3- pointer with 0.5 ticks left to give Houston a 59-54 lead at the break.

The Grizzlies started the third quarter on a 17-6 run to grab a 71-65 lead. It was 79-all entering the fourth.

Memphis scored the first 10 points of the fourth and led by 12, 96-84, with 5:31 to play. But the Rockets scored the next seven points to make it a game.

Game Notes

Randolph and Beno Udrih returned Wednesday after missing Tuesday's game against Utah with illnesses ... Memphis forward Tony Allen had 12 points and eight boards in his return after a one-game suspension for a violation of team policy ... Houston went 11-of-28 from beyond the arc ... The Grizzlies went 14-of-17 from the foul line, while the Rockets went 5-of-5.