The push to be the best in the Eastern Conference is close, but now the Celtics have extended the gap. With Boston losing to the Grizzlies, the Bulls are now one game ahead of the Celtics sitting proud at no. 1.
Gasol stole the ball from Ray Allen and then hit a layup with just over a minute left to put Memphis ahead 88-85. After Gasol missed a pair of free throws with 4.6 seconds left and a chance to go up by five, Paul Pierce missed an off-balance 3-pointer that would have sent the game into overtime.
The victory helped Memphis solidify its hold on the eighth and final playoff spot in the West. The Grizzlies (40-32) are just one-half game behind seventh-place New Orleans.
The Celtics (50-20) missed a chance to move into a tie with Chicago for the best record in the Eastern Conference.
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