With 8.2 seconds remaining and Memphis leading 92-90, Milwaukee inbounded to Knight, who was guarded by Mike Conley. Going left, Knight turned around a screen, used a hesitation move to slip past Marc Gasol and then continued into the paint, where he tossed up a running right-handed layup that rattled in with 1.1 seconds remaining. The aggressive take resulted in a foul call on Courtney Lee, and the Bradley Center crowd erupted once it realized that Knight would have a chance to put Milwaukee up one with a free throw. The fourth-year point guard calmly sank the extra shot and the Bucks hung on for the victory when Lee was unable to hit a buzzer-beating three-pointer on the other end.
“I’d been making bad decisions all game,” Knight said, according to the Memphis Commercial-Appeal. “But it’s the NBA. This shows we can play with the best of them. If we work hard and have great energy and effort.”
Knight, 22, was acquired by Milwaukee from Detroit in a 2013 trade. He finished with 14 points (on 6-of-11 shooting), six assists and three rebounds in 23 minutes. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored a career-high 18 points for the Bucks in the win.
Zach Randolph led all scorers with 22 points and 14 rebounds for the Grizzlies. Gasol added 18 points and four rebounds in a losing effort.
Milwaukee improved to 3-4. Memphis dropped to 6-1.