Last night in Toronto, the Grizzlies beat the Raptors 100-98, moving their record to 22-23, the closest they've been to .500 since early November. It wasn't easy. Leading 88-76 early in the fourth quarter, the Grizzlies allowed the Raptors to go on an 11-0 run and eventually take the lead. At the end, the game was tied 98-98 and the Grizzlies held the ball, the shot clock turned off. And this happened (video has some salty language):
It was essentially the same play — and same shot — that Gay used to beat the Miami Heat in Memphis on November 20th:
In-between, Gay hit this buzzer-beater corner three to force overtime in Phoenix:
And these three big shots this season aren't something new. By my recollection, last night's make was at least the eighth game-winning or overtime-forcing shot Gay's hit over the past four years. These are less common than you might think. I can't remember another Griz player having even two on their resume.
Hitting a game-winner over Kevin Durant to beat the Thunder last season:
Forcing overtime against the Hornets in his second season:
Beating the Orlando Magic with a buzzer-beater in the 2008 home opener:
His game-winning three over Tim Duncan from his second season:
The first of these — a rookie-year game-winner at Boston — doesn't seem to exist on YouTube, but it happened.
Is there anything I'm missing?