MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Shane Battier seized an opportunity to
redeem himself for a poor shooting performance.
Battier hit four free throws in the final 20 seconds, and Pau
Gasol scored 20 points to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 72-68
victory over the Detroit Pistons on Saturday night.
Battier, who shot 1-for-6 from the field, broke a 68-all tie
with two free throws with 19.4 seconds left and added two more from
the line with 12 seconds remaining to complete the scoring.
"I shot so poorly from the perimeter in the game, I said: 'I
can't miss these and compound that," Battier said. "You get to
the line, go through your routine, and it's just like shooting in
the practice gym."
Detroit's Rasheed Wallace missed a pair of 3-pointers and had
another shot blocked by Gasol in the final seconds.
It was the second straight loss for the Pistons, who had won six
straight over the Grizzlies. Memphis has won three of its last
The Pistons scored 10 straight points at the start of the fourth
quarter to erase a five-point deficit. Wallace had eight points in
the stretch, and punctuated the run with a second 3-pointer for a
63-58 lead with just under 9 minutes to play.
But the Pistons went 6:41 without scoring, and Memphis went on a
10-0 run to take a 68-63 lead.
"We had a two-on-one late when we were down two and got nothing
out of it," Detroit coach Larry Brown said. "We secured a rebound
with the score tied and then got a loose ball foul. When you aren't
shooting well, you can't make mistakes."
Earl Watson added 11 points for Memphis. Gasol also had eight
Gasol, who was 9-of-17 from the field, worked hard on the inside
against the physical Pistons front line -- a change from the past
when he was likely to settle for a 12-footer rather than drive.
"You've got to try and get in the paint and not settle and not
be scared of contact," Gasol said of his change in offensive
approach. "That's what they want you to do. They want you to
settle. They want you to take bad outside shots."
There were 10 lead changes and 10 ties in the game. It was a
season-low in points for both teams.
"How many games did we win last season scoring under 70
points?" Pistons forward Tayshaun Prince said. "This was a
typical game for us to score under 70 points. We just have to make
the plays we need to win."
Neither team shot well in the first half, leading to a 36-35
Detroit advantage at the break. The problem was not just poor
shooting, but missed layups and unsuccessful putbacks on offensive
The Pistons shot 40 percent from the field in the half, only
slightly better than Memphis' 39 percent. Memphis had 11 turnovers
and Detroit had 10. Both teams finished with 17 turnovers.
Rasheed Wallace broke free for a dunk in the third and
threw it down with such authority, it bounced off his head as it
went through the net and came back out. Officials called offensive
basket interference, negating the basket. ... Antonio McDyess, the
Pistons' leading scorer and rebounder off the bench, missed his
fifth consecutive game with a left calf strain. The Pistons had
only four points off the bench Saturday night. ... The game was
part of a day-night doubleheader at the FedExForum. Mississippi
beat Memphis 65-53 in the opener. ...It marked the Grizzlies' first
win over the Pistons since moving to Memphis for the 2001-02
season. ...Ben Wallace tied his season high with six blocks. ...
Pistons F Ronald Dupree, activated before the game, saw his first
action of the season with 1 point in 14 minutes. Detroit placed
Carlos Delfino on the injured list with a right knee injury.