MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Mario Chalmers scored 25 points, including a leaning 19-foot jumper with less than a second left to give the Memphis Grizzlies a 103-101 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Thursday night.
Chalmers was fouled on the play and missed the ensuing free throw. The shot appeared to miss the front of the rim, and the clock ran out with players scrambling for the rebound.
Chalmers’ basket meant the Pistons lost both games to Memphis this season on a late shot. Matt Barnes’ heave from halfcourt with 1.1 seconds left gave the Grizzlies a 93-92 victory on Dec. 9.
Marc Gasol had 19 points for Memphis, and Barnes scored 18. Jeff Green finished with 16.
Rookie forward Stanley Johnson led the Pistons with 19 points, and Ersan Ilyasova scored 17. Reggie Jackson had 12 points and Andre Drummond finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
With the game tied at 101 and Memphis trying for the winning shot, Chalmers appeared to be stripped of the ball outside the arc. In the ensuing scramble, Chalmers gathered the ball, gathered himself and leaned forward from the top of the key.
The ball dropped through, giving Memphis its third victory in the last four.
Meanwhile, Detroit lost its second straight.
The Grizzlies held a double-digit lead early in the fourth but nearly squandered it.
Memphis extended its advantage to 13 early in the fourth, but suddenly starting missing one shot after another. The Pistons rattled off a 23-2 run, and the Grizzlies’ only basket in that span came on a goaltending call.
The rally gave Detroit its largest lead at 96-88 with 5:42 left. Johnson had a trio of 3-pointers in the fourth, including one with just more than 3 minutes left for a 101-96 Pistons lead.
Detroit didn’t score again and Chalmers carried the Grizzlies, scoring the final seven Memphis points.
Memphis led 48-43 at halftime.
Pistons: Drummond had his NBA-best 33rd double-double. . Detroit is 18-4 when scoring at least 97 points. . The Pistons outrebounded Memphis 35-29. Detroit is 19-8 when it outrebounds its opponent.
Grizzlies: The Pistons’ 15 3-pointers marked the 20th time this season Memphis has allowed an opponent to make at least 10. . Memphis has won 12 of the last 13 in the series and seven straight at home. The last Pistons road win in the series was the 2009-10 season opener. . Zach Randolph was in the starting lineup after coming off the bench in 16 of the last 17 games.
Pistons: Host the Golden State Warriors on Saturday.
Grizzlies: Host the New York Knicks on Saturday.