Mike Conley took over late — he has 16 fourth quarter points Saturday night keying Memphis’ comeback from 18 down on the road to force overtime against a feisty Philadelphia team (that has played improved ball the last couple weeks).
That takeover included a contested three at the end of regulation to force overtime. The drawn up play got the ball to Marc Gasol out above the arc, a shot he could hit, but Hollis Thompson read the play well and switched out to take away his shot. Gasol can’t create off the dribble out there so he threw it to Conley, who got himself enough space to get off the shot and force overtime.
In OT Conley added six more points, bringing him to a career high 36 as the Grizzlies escaped Philly with a win. And it was escaped, because for 42 minutes Memphis was terrible and Philadelphia was the better team, but Memphis had a better last 11. Down the stretch Conley owned Michael Carter-Williams and that was key.