For the second straight night, the Indiana Pacers couldn't get it done down the stretch.
With the game tied at 96 with under three and a half minutes left, the Memphis Grizzlies rode the hot hands of Marc Gasol and Jeff Green to go on a late 14-3 run and close out any shot at an Indiana victory, winning 112-103.
George Hill and Gasol led all scorers with 20 points a piece. Paul George and C.J. Miles were the only other Pacers to reach double figures, with 18 each. Memphis on the other hand, balanced their attack. Seven Grizzlies hit double figures in points.
Both teams shot well from the field, as the Pacers improved from last night's loss to Toronto to shoot 47.4 percent, but they allowed Memphis to hit half of their field goals (41-for-82). Both teams also shot 40 percent or better from behind the arc.
Indiana's breakdown began late in the third quarter. The Pacers outscored Memphis by only three in the third quarter, but Indiana owned the first 9 minutes of the third, and at one point held a 9-point lead. The Grizzlies used a 11-0 run at the end of the third and into the fourth to retake the lead.
As the fourth quarter went on, Indiana and Memphis continued to trade baskets, but Memphis was able to take a six point lead with a bit more than seven minutes left in the the final quarter. Moments later, George Hill scored four straight points to bring the game back within two.
Memphis tried calling a timeout to stop Indiana's momentum, but the Pacers came up with a stop and Paul George nailed a triple to give Indiana a 93-92 lead with under six minutes left.
With 3:24 left in the game, Jeff Green nailed a wide open three ball from straight away that gave Memphis a 99-96 lead, and that would be enough for Frank Vogel to call timeout.
The Pacers were unable to do anything off the timeout, and Memphis expanded their lead to five on a Marc Gasol layup. Monta Ellis would respond with a three-pointer that brought the game within two, but Memphis wouldn't quit. Gasol added another basket, and moments later Green hit another triple that gave the Grizzlies a 106-99 lead with 1:29 left.
From that point, there was no coming back for the Pacers.
Indiana would trail by double figures in the first quarter before they began their long march to get back in the contest. Rodney Stuckey would give the Pacers their first lead when he was fouled by Courtney Lee while making a running layup, and he finished off the three-point play which put Indy up 47-46 with 3:19 left in the half.
The Pacers' bench played a big part in why they were able to catch the Grizzlies. Indiana's second unit outscored the Memphis bench 26-19 in the first half. Ian Mahinmi led all Indiana scorers in the half with 7. Indiana shot 47.6% in the first half, while Memphis shot 47.5%
The Pacers trailed at halftime, 50-49.
Indiana hosts Utah next, while Memphis travels back home to host Brookyln.