Grizzlies keep Jazz singing the blues

Posted: Tuesday, January 04, 2005

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Now more than a month removed from the resignation of Hubie Brown, the Memphis Grizzlies are finally starting to come together.

Pau Gasol scored 25 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and keyed a third-quarter rally Monday night as the Grizzlies won their season-high fourth consecutive game with a 92-82 victory over the Utah Jazz.

"We're getting it," forward Shane Battier said. "We feel better about ourselves, and we feel we have some go-to things, guys who we know can get a bucket or guys who are really stepping up now. I don't know if we had that at the start of the year."

Gasol, who had 17 points in the third quarter as Memphis took the lead, was 9-of-15 from the field to help send the Jazz to their sixth straight loss. Utah has dropped nine of its last 10.

"The food doesn't taste good. You don't sleep, but we kept fighting back more than we have," Utah coach Jerry Sloan said. "This is important if you want to make improvements and come out of this."

Battier added 18, while Bonzi Wells scored 13 off the bench.

Carlos Arroyo tried to keep the Jazz close in the fourth period, scoring 13 of his 15 points.

Carlos Boozer, a 1999 Juneau-Douglas High School grad, led Utah with 20 points and 15 rebounds, while Matt Harpring scored 17 points. Gordan Giricek and Mehmet Okur had 11 each for the Jazz, with Okur adding 10 rebounds.

Gasol hit all six of his shots from the field during the third-quarter rally, at least four shots coming on dunks and lobs. It was a change from the first half when the Grizzlies' leading scorer missed five of six shots and had three turnovers.

"I had a few turnovers in the first half," Gasol said. "If my team gives me the ball to create something in the post, I'm supposed to score, get fouled or get an assist.

"I just went out a little more aggressive and ready to score."



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