MEMPHIS – Rudy Gay needed a little more time to play hero for the Grizzlies-and that was a good thing for the Pacers.
The Grizzlies’ guard rose up and hit a game-winning 22-foot shot at the end of Memphis’ game against Indiana Monday afternoon at the Fed Ex Forum-but his timing kept him from the glory and his team from the win.
Gay’s shot was taken a few tenths of a second after the clock hit zero causing it to be waved off and preserving the Pacers’ 82-81 win over the Grizzlies.
The near make wrapped up a wild ten seconds to end the matinée, one in which the lead changed hands twice.
Marion native Zach Randolph tied the game at 81 with a bucket with ten seconds left to go but the Pacers got another chance for the lead when George Hill was fouled going for a shot by former Lawrence North guard Mike Conley with just over a second left.
Hill made the second of his free throws to give the Pacers a one-point lead but left enough time for the Grizzlies to get off one more shot. Gay took the ball at the top of the key and made a move on Paul George, throwing the ball up in the air after the buzzer sounded.
It would go off the backboard and in but it was too late for it to count giving Indiana its second straight victory.
David West led the Pacers with 14 points in a relatively low scoring contest with Hill chipping in 13 and George 12.