With just two seconds remaining, no timeouts and down a point, Milwaukee Bucks’ Jrue Holiday grabbed the moment and took the 11-foot baseline jumper shot to seal a 112-111 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday. Get into the weekend and play some NBA All-Star live at 12BET and bet on each exhibition game out there!
“I was the first one down the court, so … it was pretty much me and (Grizzlies forward) Dillon Brooks,” Holiday said. “I just took the opportunity. I thought I made a nice play and knocked down the shot.”
Memphis rookie Desmond Bane had a final chance for the Grizzlies, but his 3-pointer hit the front of the rim, giving the Bucks their sixth victory in seven NBA games.
Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo led the group with 26 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists, and Khris Middleton added 22 points and 10 rebounds. Holiday and Connaughton had 15 points each, as both poured on key shots within the final minute.
Ja Morant led the Grizzlies with 35 points, as 28 of them were made in the second half. Brooks finished with 23 points, and Jonas Valanciunas had 13 points and 12 rebounds.
“I thought our guys were phenomenal. Offensive execution, defensive execution,” Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins said. “A couple of plays didn’t go for us, but I thought it was a great experience.”
The Bucks now go into the break with a 22-14 NBA record this season.
“It’s important to go in on a win,’ Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer said. “I think we’ve kind of (won) maybe six out of seven. Certainly a different feeling to find a way to win a tough one. I think everybody is ready for a break and our guys are going to take advantage of it, get way a little bit. Giannis will do his thing at the break (at the all-star game). I think the team is in a good place.”