Regular Season Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series starts 11/12

Game 1: Friday, November 12th
Game 2: Saturday, November 20th
Game 3: Wednesday, December 22nd
Game 4: Tuesday, March 1st

Warriors 97

(16-40, 5-22 away)

Grizzlies 99

(32-25, 19-10 home)

    Coverage: FSBAY

    1:00 PM ET, March 1, 2005

    FedExForum, Memphis, TN

    1 2 3 4 T
    GS 23 27 25 2297
    MEM 22 31 33 1399

    Top Performers

    GS: J. Richardson 29 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl

    Mem: S. Battier 25 Pts, 10 Reb

    Fratello wins 599th game

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The Memphis Grizzlies finally found their shooting touch.

    Mike Miller stole a pass by Jason Richardson, then hit two free throws with 10.4 seconds left, and the Grizzlies held off the Golden State Warriors 99-97 Tuesday.

    The Grizzlies won their second straight game by snapping out of a franchise-worst shooting slump that had seen them fail to shoot 40 percent in the past six games by hitting 49.3 percent (36-of-73). It was their best performance since shooting 50 percent on Feb. 8 against Minnesota.

    "I think it was just a matter of knocking down open shots," Grizzlies forward Brian Cardinal said. "If you go back and look at the games we've struggled shooting, we've struggled because we weren't hitting the open shots."

    Memphis coach Mike Fratello, now just one victory from becoming the 19th NBA coach with 600 career victories, agreed. He pointed out the Grizzlies shot 9-of-20 from 3-point range after hitting a season-low three 3s in Saturday night's victory at San Antonio.

    "We finally came alive from the 3-point line, which has been missing for a while," Fratello said.

    Shane Battier scored a season-high 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, Cardinal added 20 and Miller finished with 19 for Memphis. The Grizzlies also took the season series from Golden State 3-1.

    "This was a game we had to win," Battier said. "We've got to take care of the teams that are below us in the standings. It was a nice win on a day that was a little irregular."

    This isn't the start the Warriors wanted for an eight-game road trip. Richardson finished with 29 points, Mickael Pietrus added 17, Mike Dunleavy 16 and Baron Davis 10.

    Golden State coach Mike Montgomery said his Warriors must play aggressive each minute of the game.

    "We need to get up on teams instead of being down 10 points. We need to be able to play ahead ... We just need to play harder," he said.

    Memphis led by as many as 16 points in the third quarter but kept the Warriors in the game by tying their season high with 23 turnovers, which Golden State turned into 23 points. Richardson also scored 13 points in the fourth quarter as he tried to rally the Warriors.

    The Grizzlies led 96-95 when Richardson tried to pass to Davis. Miller reached in and got the ball, forcing Davis to foul him. Davis added a layup before James Posey sealed the victory with a free throw, and Davis' 3 clanged off the rim at the end.

    "I thought that I got off a good shot," Davis said. "I was on my left, and it just went in and out."

    Memphis led 53-50 at the half. The Grizzlies took control in the third quarter with a 15-3 run started by Jason Williams' 3-pointer, and then Miller hit consecutive 3s. Battier's jumper with 6:54 left put Memphis up 68-56. A pair of 3s by Cardinal gave the Grizzlies their biggest lead of the game at 82-66 with 2:27 left in the third.

    The afternoon tipoff was part of the Grizzlies' "Read to Achieve" program that brought more than 4,000 children out.

    "It was very exciting to hear them cheer during the game," Miller said. "We had fun, and it sounded like they enjoyed it, and we got the win."

    Game notes

    Bonzi Wells lasted 6 minutes for Memphis before leaving the game in the second quarter with back spasms. He was evaluated at halftime but did not return. ... Memphis center Stromile Swift missed his fourth straight game with a sprained left ankle. ... Pau Gasol, Memphis' leading scorer who is out indefinitely with plantar fasciitis in his left foot, is scheduled for another MRI exam on Wednesday. ... Richardson was 5-of-6 from 3-point range. The Warriors dropped to 5-22 on the road this season.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 97 99
    FGM-FGA 36-80 (.450) 36-73 (.493)
    3PM-3PA 10-24 (.417) 9-20 (.450)
    FTM-FTA 15-19 (.789) 18-24 (.750)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 8-34 9-39
    Assists 18 14
    Turnovers 17 23
    Steals 9 8
    Blocks 3 1
    Fast Break Points 11 6
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (1/0) 22 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 4 16

    Top Performers

    Golden State
    Jason Richardson Richardson
    Points: 29
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0
    Shane Battier Battier
    Points: 25
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0