Grizzlies end Bucks' winning streak
MEMPHIS, Tenn.--The Memphis Grizzlies went old school to solve their recent shooting woes, plugging 40-year-old Vince Carter into the starting lineup for the first time this year.
Carter made all eight of his shots, including six from beyond the arc, to score a season-high 24 points and lead the Grizzlies past the Milwaukee Bucks 113-93 on Monday night.
Carter set a season high for 3-point makes in his first start of the season, and Memphis shot 52 percent for the game, including 14 of 27 from deep.
"He never ceases to amaze me," Grizzlies coach David Fizdale said.
Memphis stopped a five-game skid by ending the Bucks’ six-game winning streak.
"Hey, better late than never," Carter said of his starting role and perfect night. "I didn’t realize it until (Chandler Parsons) said something to me. I’d rather not know. Just let me play."
Mike Conley had 20 points and 10 assists for Memphis. Tony Allen had 15 points, while Zach Randolph finished with 14 points.
Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 18 points, while Malcolm Brogdon contributed 15 off the bench. Greg Monroe and Matthew Dellavedova finished with 13 points each for Milwaukee, which started a six-game trip against Western Conference teams.
"I think they came out with more urgency than we did," Brogdon said.
"The controlled the whole game, and the tempo of the game," Bucks coach Jason Kidd added.
Milwaukee trailed by 17 in the third quarter but chipped away to pull within 94-87 with just under seven minutes remaining. Then Randolph bullied his way inside for two baskets, and the Grizzlies reclaimed a double-digit lead.
"We just couldn’t get over the hump," Kidd said.
Memphis, which struggled mightily from the field during its losing streak, set the tone early. Carter hit six shots in the first half, including four from outside the arc and a reverse dunk. He had 16 points as Memphis carried a 61-51 lead into the break.