SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies were playing their fourth game in five nights and threw everything they had at the Utah Jazz — including Marc Gasol's shoe.
It wasn't enough Saturday night as Utah used an 8-0 fourth-quarter run and Gordon Hayward's 3-pointer with 17 seconds left to secure a 90-84 victory.
"It showed how physical the game was," said Paul Millsap, who finished with 13 points and eight rebounds. "A guy loses his shoe, he picks it up, plays defense."
Gasol was called for a personal foul on the play as he whipped the shoe at Derrick Favors as the Jazz third-year power forward drove toward the hoop early in the fourth quarter with the Jazz leading by four.
Mo Williams quipped that Gasol should have been ejected, even if he "got all ball" with the shoe.
Gasol's three-point play with 4:24 left pulled Memphis within 79-76, only to see Millsap score five straight and Hayward hit another 3 for an 87-76 Jazz lead.
Jerryd Bayless, who led all scorers with 24 points, tried to bring the Grizzlies back. He scored eight straight, including back-to-back 3s, but turned it over on the next possession with 38 seconds left before Hayward hit the clinching 3.
Hayward led the Jazz with 17 points in his first start since November, moving into the lineup at small forward as Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin hoped to add another playmaker on both ends of the court.
The Grizzlies (44-21) had won 14 of 15 but have dropped two straight to close out a four-game road trip.
Utah (34-32) pulled within a half-game of the idle Lakers for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
"That was a tough loss," Memphis coach Lionel Hollins said. "They played with a lot of energy and we just didn't play smart down the stretch."
The Jazz used the lineup change to put behind a forgettable effort in Wednesday's 23-point loss in Oklahoma City, when they scored 28 in the first half and shot a season-low 35 percent.
They also played with more energy on Saturday. Williams dived to the floor to force a Memphis shot-clock violation in the first quarter and Enes Kanter went head first into the crowd trying to save a rebound.
The Grizzlies put up a fight, too, with Gasol slinging his shoe at Favors trying to slow him down in the fourth quarter.
"I didn't even know he hit me with a shoe at first until somebody told me," said Favors, who finished with 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting, with six rebounds and two blocks in 27 minutes off the bench. "He had to do what he had to do, I was attacking the rim."
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