Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 12/8

Game 1: Wednesday, December 8th
Game 2: Saturday, January 29th

Grizzlies 97

(8-12, 3-7 away)

Hawks 89

(3-15, 2-8 home)

    Coverage: FSS

    7:30 PM ET, December 8, 2004

    Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA

    1 2 3 4 T
    MEM 22 22 21 3297
    ATL 18 21 27 2389

    Top Performers

    Mem: P. Gasol 24 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Atl: A. Harrington 26 Pts, 6 Reb, 6 Ast, 3 Stl

    Gasol's 24, key assist does it for Memphis

    ATLANTA (AP) -- Pau Gasol's scored a team-high 24 points, but his only assist of the game helped clinch the Memphis Grizzlies' third win in four games under new coach Mike Fratello.

    Mike Miller and Stromile Swift added 13 points for the Grizzlies in their 97-89 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night.

    Atlanta was down 89-86 with 55 seconds left and Al Harrington, who scored 26 points, barely missed a basket when the ball rolled around the rim and out. Miller then took a pass from Gasol and hit a 3-pointer for a 92-86 lead with 25.3 seconds left to clinch the win.

    It was the same play that failed earlier when Gasol took a shot despite being double-teamed, instead of kicking it out to Miller. The Memphis center was fouled and made one of two free throws for a 89-84 lead with 1:39 left.

    "I told Coach they left off me the last time when Pau got fouled," Miller said. "I said, `The next time we run that play, just make sure Pau looks out there.' He did and he found me."

    Gasol almost did the same thing, but at the last second passed out to Miller.

    "They came at me with a couple of defenders and the shot clock was going down," Gasol said. "I took too long to make my move, so I kicked it out to Mike who was wide open."

    Antoine Walker scored 31 points for the Hawks, who snapped a nine-game losing streak Monday night. They kept it close despite missing their first 12 shots and falling behind by 11 points early.

    The Hawks led after three periods when Josh Smith made two free throws for a 66-65 lead. The Grizzlies, however, scored the next six points -- four by Bonzi Wells -- to grab a 71-66 lead and never trailed again.

    "They made some big shots down the stretch," Atlanta coach Mike Woodson said. "Our defense kept us in the game, but we couldn't get the stops we needed. In the fourth quarter, we just ran out of juice."

    Atlanta's Tony Delk made a basket with 5:01 left in the first period to end the Hawks' drought at 12 missed shots, then rallied to trail only 22-18 at the end of the quarter.

    Memphis upped the margin to 28-18 before Atlanta went on an 11-0 run, including five points from Walker and a basket by Harrington with 6:20 left before halftime to take its only lead at 29-28.

    Memphis led 44-39 at the half, led by 16 points from Gasol.

    Game notes

    Delk swished a basket from half court just a second after the horn ending the first period. ... The Hawks, 29th in free-throw shooting at 66.3 percent, hit 15-of-16 in the first half, including 5-of-5 from Walker, a 51 percent shooter. ... Woodson and assistant coach Herb Brown, assistants with the Detroit Pistons last season, will receive their NBA championship rings Friday night in pregame ceremonies when the Hawks visit Detroit.

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