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Tyler Ennis’ big fourth quarter leads Bucks past Grizzlies 96-86

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MILWAUKEE  — Tyler Ennis scored all 13 of his points in the fourth quarter to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 96-86 victory over the short-handed Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday night, March 17th.

Playing all reserves, the Bucks used a 15-2 run capped by Ennis’ reverse layup that gave Milwaukee an 83-75 lead with 5:47 to play. Damien Inglis, who scored 10 points, and John Henson each had a key block that helped put some life in the Bucks’ offense.

The game got testy late in the fourth when Henson came up behind Lance Stephenson who had just grabbed a rebound. Henson swiped the ball away and in the process dumped Stephenson to the floor. After a review, Henson was called for a Flagrant 1 foul and a technical. Barnes made the technical and Stephenson made two free throws that pulled Memphis to 88-83 with 3:43 left in the game. Ennis hit consecutive shots to push the lead to nine, but Milwaukee had to weather the ejection of Henson with 5.5 seconds left.

Henson blocked Barnes’ layup and then turned to stare at Barnes. Referee Marc Davis quickly pushed Henson away. After a review, Henson was slapped with a double technical and ejected. He left the court with his arms above his head, egging the raucous crowd on.