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Three Memphis players score 20 or more

1/23/2004

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The Memphis Grizzlies established the
longest winning streak in franchise history by easily knocking off
the kings of the Western Conference.

Mike Miller scored a season-high 27 points and Jason Williams
added 25 points and 10 assists as the Grizzlies won their seventh
straight by defeating the Sacramento Kings 109-95 Friday night.

"It feels good to have pressure to win games," said Memphis
center Lorenzen Wright, who had a season-high 14 rebounds.
"Usually around this town, we've got pressure to get over 10
(wins). Now we've got pressure to get to 30, and it feels good."

Pau Gasol added 20 points as the Grizzlies shot 51 percent,
including 9-of-14 from 3-point range.

Vlade Divac led Sacramento with 17 points and 12 rebounds, while
Bobby Jackson, added 16 points, including eight in the final
quarter.

Memphis made it clear early that it wanted the franchise record.
The Grizzlies built a 15-point lead at the half, extended it to 21
after three periods and never let the Kings get closer than 14 in
the fourth.

The Western Conference-leading Kings were so far down that none
of their five starters saw action in the final period.

"They shot it well, I'll give them credit," said Sacramento
coach Rick Adelman. "(Williams and Miller) were terrific. They
made every open shot they had. They knocked down the threes."

The Grizzlies benefited from a poor shooting performance by
Sacramento, which began the night with the league's best record.
The league's second-leading shooting team at 47 percent connected
on just 35 of 91, or 38.5 percent. Leading scorer Peja Stojakovic,
who entered the game averaging 28.3 points in the Kings' last 12
games, was held to 11 on 5-of-13 shooting.

"Most of the time, we were turning the ball over and not making
good decisions," Stojakovic said.

But it also was a Memphis defense, led by James Posey, that
helped control the Kings leading scorer. Stojakovic shot a pair of
3-pointers and missed them both. He entered the game having
connected on at least five 3-pointers over the last three games.

"Our plan was to limit his touches, and don't lose sight of
him," said Posey, who had four steals. "Even when other guys
penetrated, your duty was to make sure you didn't help or leave him
alone."

"Every time Stojakovic got the ball, Posey was sitting right
there in his lap," Wright added. "He never had an opportunity to
get off those wide-open threes he's used to getting."

Game notes
Memphis swingman Shane Battier played only four minutes,
leaving the game in the first quarter with bruised rib on his left
side. ...Grizzlies F/G Bonzi Wells left the game with the flu.
...Brad Miller and Posey had to be separated late in the first
half. After Posey's steal, Miller fouled him hard on the drive.
Posey, who was involved in an altercation with Stojakovic earlier
this season, had to be restrained from going after Miller. Miller
got called for a flagrant foul; Posey got a technical. ...Divac got
a tech for arguing a lack of calls. Brad Miller got one for tossing
the ball in disgust. ...Williams has four double-doubles in his
last six games. ...Kings G Mike Bibby scored five points, snapping
a string of 14 games in double figures. ...Asked about guarding
Divac, Wright, who fouled out in the fourth, said: "It's a lot of
tricks and fake flops, and the referees fall for that. I hate
actors. Just play the game. I don't know how to act. ... I was
yelling to the ref: 'He's faking. He's faking.' That's the only
reason I got to stay in the game as long as I did."