Tight Game Ends in Tough Loss

Some Nets' mistakes down the stretch --and clutch play by the Grizzlies-- sent New Jersey down to their seventh straight defeat at Prudential Center Wednesday. The game was close throughout until the last three minutes. The two teams were tied at 92 with 3:18 left, but the Grizzlies outscored the Nets 13-8 over the final stretch to clinch it.

Mike Conley, Tony Allen and Rudy Gay dominated in the last few minutes, with the Grizzlies athletic point guard scoring four points and handing out two assists in the last three minutes. But the Nets helped with four crucial turnovers, two each by Deron Williams and Marshon Brooks. For the game, Brooks had six turnovers and Williams four.

In the first half the Nets played some of their best offensive basketball of the season, scoring 55 points, led by Deron Williams 20, but stalled in the second as Memphis picked up the pace. D-Will scored only six points the rest of the game and none in the fourth.

Gay scored 25 points and Allen matched his season high with 21. Marreese Speights added a season-high 20 points and a career-high 18 rebounds as the Nets were unable to block him out. It was a Speights tip with 1:01 left that put the Grizzlies up by six. Brooks wound up with 12 points on 5-for-9 shooting (2-for-3 from deep) but his rust continued to show on defense and in ball-handling. Anthony Morrow played well late, finishing with 17. Shelden Williams recorded his first double-double of the season.

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