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