- Associated Press - Monday, December 5, 2016

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Marc Gasol’s second career triple-double didn’t mean nearly as much to him as his game-tying 3-pointer late in regulation, his game-saving block late in the first overtime, or his 17-foot jumper late in the second overtime that wound up being the decisive basket.

Gasol had 28 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists, and the Memphis Grizzlies outlasted the New Orleans Pelicans 110-108 in double overtime on Monday night.

“We played a lot of minutes, so numbers don’t really matter,” Gasol said. “As long as you do the right thing and you win, obviously, that’s the only thing.”

Troy Daniels hit seven 3s and finished with 29 points in a reserve role for Memphis, including a game-tying 3 with 15 seconds left in the first overtime.

“The hoop is like an ocean, and as a shooter, that’s what you want to see,” said Daniels, who scored a career-high 31 points, also coming off the bench, in the Grizzlies’ previous victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday. “I feel like I’m getting my rhythm. … I’ve been working all summer just for this.”

Anthony Davis had 28 points and 17 rebounds for New Orleans, which has lost three straight. Langston Galloway hit six 3s and scored a season-high 26 points, helping the Pelicans erase a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit. But Galloway missed a corner 3 that could have won it as second extra period ended.

What bothered Davis most were the Grizzlies’ 13 offensive rebounds that led to 13 second-chance points, none more damaging that Daniels‘ tying 3 at the end of the first overtime, which came after Gasol rebounded his own missed 3 and kicked the ball back out.

“If we just come up with the rebounds the outcome might have been different,” Davis said. “All you can ask for is that you just battle and keep fighting and that’s what we did. So the locker room was fine. Of course, we want to come out with that win, especially at home.”

Tony Allen had 19 points, 14 rebounds and three steals for the Grizzlies, who’ve won three straight despite having a handful of regulars injured. JaMychal Green grabbed 15 rebounds to go with two blocks and two steals, while Andrew Harrison scored 12 points, including a tying 3 with 1:50 left in the second overtime.

TIP-INS

Grizzlies: Memphis had only 10 players in uniform. … The Grizzlies announced that forward James Ennis, sidelined since straining his right calf at Charlotte on Nov. 21, has begun non-contact, on-court basketball activities. The club says Ennis will remain listed as out for all games this week and be re-evaluated in seven to 10 days.

Pelicans: Prior to tip-off, the Pelicans announced guards Jrue Holiday and E’Twaun Moore would not play because they each had toe injuries, leaving just nine players available. … Buddy Hield, drafted sixth overall last summer, got his second start of the season and scored eight points in 24 minutes.

CLUTCH GRIZZLIES

Each of Memphis’ past five victories have come by five or fewer points, including another double-overtime win over Philadelphia on Nov. 23.

“If it’s a close game, it’s our kind of game,” Memphis coach David Fizdale said. “We’re learning how to play well in those situations. The guys trusted each other late in the game and made the plays that need to be made.”

WORN OUT

The Pelicans were not only short-handed but had just played on the road Sunday night, losing to Oklahoma City. Davis had played more than 90 minutes in about 26 hours by the time his off-balance 15-footer clanged off the rim with 55 seconds left in the second OT with his team trailing by a basket.

“I was definitely feeling it. I just tried to push through it,” Davis said. “We’re all feeling it, back-to-back and then coming into a double-overtime game - both (games) with two physical teams.”

FINAL SEQUENCE

New Orleans wound up with three shots to win or tie in the final half minute. Galloway missed a 3, but Solomon Hill rebounded for the Pelicans with 22 seconds left. New Orleans then ran a play for Davis, who missed amid a crowd of defenders inside. But Davis tied up Gasol on the rebound and then won a jump ball, leading to Galloway’s final shot at the horn.

UP NEXT

Grizzlies: Host Philadelphia on Tuesday night.

Pelicans: Host Philadelphia on Thursday night.

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An earlier version of this story incorrectly referred to Harrison, rather than Daniels, hitting a 3-pointer late in the first overtime.


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