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Grizzlies beat weary Bulls in OT, 85-82

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 19, 2013 at 11:20 pm •  Published: January 19, 2013

CHICAGO (AP) — The game plan was simple for the Grizzles in overtime: Utilize one of the most imposing front lines in the NBA.

Marc Gasol scored 19 points, Zach Randolph had 13 points and 19 rebounds, and Memphis beat the Chicago Bulls 85-82 on Saturday night.

Gasol and Randolph combined for seven of the nine overtime points for the Grizzlies.

"When we got into overtime we went to our horses, Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol. We played an inside-outside game. Our All-Star bigs took over the game," the Grizzlies' Tony Allen said.

Memphis scored the first six points of the extra period, Gasol's putback making it 82-76. The Bulls cut it to 83-80 on Jimmy Butler's layup and had a chance to tie, but Nate Robinson missed a 3-pointer with 25 seconds left.

Robinson made a layup with 6.6 seconds left, but Jerryd Bayless scored with 4.8 seconds remaining to make it 85-82. Carlos Boozer missed a 3 as time expired.

Chicago, playing its third consecutive overtime game in four days, didn't have enough in overtime. The Bulls played without forward Luol Deng and had to fight back from a 17-point, third-quarter deficit.

Butler, starting in place of Deng, scored a career-high 18 points and Boozer added 17 as the Bulls had a three-game winning streak snapped.

"It was nerve-wrecking at first. I was rushing things. Joakim (Noah) and Booz told me to calm down and play like you are coming off the bench," Butler said of his first career start.

The Bulls shot just 3 for 10 in overtime, but forward Taj Gibson didn't blame fatigue for the loss.

"You just have to play through it. We had a chance to win this game in the fourth. We had a couple of times to take advantage in overtime," Gibson said. "We had some bad shots in the game and we couldn't rebound the ball late. Even though we won the rebounding battle, we gave up too many offensive rebounds."

The Bulls are 3-1 in overtime this season. The three consecutive overtime games are the first in franchise history.

Chicago played without Noah in the fourth quarter and overtime.

"That's just a coaching decision," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said.

It was one that surprised Randolph.

"I was wondering why they kept Noah out," he said.

Noah left without talking to reporters.

Robinson banked in a 3 with 1:33 left in regulation to give Chicago a 75-72 lead, then Gasol scored four consecutive points to get Memphis the lead back at 75-74. Marco Belinelli split a pair of free throws to tie the game at 76 with 31.4 seconds to play. After Randolph missed an 18-footer with 4.9 seconds left, Robinson missed a 21-footer as time expired, sending the game into overtime.

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