Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 11/29

Game 1: Thursday, November 29th
Game 2: Tuesday, January 8th

Raptors 91

(10-6, 5-2 home)

    6:30 PM ET, November 29, 2001

    Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON

    1 2 3 4 T
    MEM 18 19 28 2388
    TOR 25 15 38 1391

    Top Performers

    Mem: P. Gasol 22 Pts, 9 Reb, 1 Stl, 3 Blk

    Tor: A. Davis 20 Pts, 11 Reb, 1 Ast, 3 Stl, 3 Blk

    Raptors need all of Carter's 23 points

    TORONTO (AP) -- Rookies Pau Gasol and Shane Battier are giving the Memphis Grizzlies with hope for the future. Vince Carter is delivering victories for the Toronto Raptors.


    Carter had 23 points, added eight rebounds and seven assists to lead the Raptors to a 91-88 victory over Memphis on Thursday night, the Grizzlies' first game in Canada since leaving Vancouver.

    Gasol scored 22 points and Battier added 20 for Memphis, which has won just two of its first 14 games.

    "We're going to take some lumps now, but I think in the future we'll be dishing them out," Battier said.

    Antonio Davis finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds for Toronto. He believes the Memphis Grizzlies will be better than the Vancouver version.

    "Gasol has a lot of talent. It's raw, but I think he's going to develop more size and confidence," Davis said. "If the veterans don't give up on the philosophy of team, I think that is going to be a better team than it was in Vancouver."

    Memphis, which trailed by 15 points late in the third quarter, used an 18-4 run early in the fourth to climb back into contention. Battier scored 10 points in the outburst.

    "They have a lot of fight in them," Carter said. "I'm sure their not happy about their record, but they do whatever it takes for a win."

    A 3-pointer by Battier helped Memphis close within a point with 5:55 remaining, and Brevin Knight's jumper gave the Grizzlies a one-point lead.

    Hakeem Olajuwon countered with a jumper, giving Toronto a lead it never relinquished.

    A tip-in by Davis and a free throw by Olajuwon gave Toronto a 87-83 with two minutes left.

    "We hung in there and found a way to execute," Davis said.

    Jason Williams, who shot 3-for-15, hit a jumper that cut the Raptors' lead to two points with 1:34 remaining, but Morris Peterson countered with a layup.

    Jason Williams converted one of two free throws, cutting the lead to three points with 34 seconds left, but Toronto's Alvin Williams made two free throws with 8.5 seconds, giving Toronto a 91-86 lead.

    Rodney Budford, who had 18 points, then missed a 3-pointer.

    Based on the Grizzlies victory over Sacramento on Monday and their play against the Raptors, Battier believes the team is improving.

    "The last two games we've played were against teams that could play for the NBA finals," Battier said. "There is no substitute for learning. Playing against Vince Carter, I learned a ton about myself tonight."

    The Raptors have won six of eight.

    The Raptors, who entered the game with the fifth worst free throw shooting percentage in the NBA, shot 22-for-24 from the line and made all 16 of their attempts in the third quarter.

    Memphis trailed by 11 in the second quarter, but Gasol helped narrow it to three at halftime by scoring eight points in the period.

    Game notes
    Memphis forward Tony Massenburg, who has played for both Vancouver and Toronto, said he didn't mind playing in Vancouver, but that everyone else did. "Everybody else looked at Vancouver as the last city to join the NBA, that it was farthest team from the east coast, that we didn't win, and that it rained a lot." ... Toronto leads the series 8-4. ... The Raptors had a mock Grizzlies mascot on the court before the game. The skinny grizzly looked more like a weasel than a bear. The word Vancouver was taped over, and Memphis was written over top. ... Memphis center Lorenzen Wright had 11 points and 11 rebounds for his eighth double-double this season.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 88 91
    FGM-FGA 35-87 (.402) 33-78 (.423)
    3PM-3PA 5-13 (.385) 3-9 (.333)
    FTM-FTA 13-20 (.650) 22-24 (.917)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 13-41 11-44
    Assists 21 19
    Turnovers 20 20
    Steals 12 11
    Blocks 4 7
    Fast Break Points 21 24
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (0/0) 20 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    Pau Gasol Gasol
    Points: 22
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 3
    Antonio Davis Davis
    Points: 20
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 3