Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 10/12

Game 1: Wednesday, October 12th
Game 2: Tuesday, October 25th

Bulls 82

(0-2, 0-2 away)

Grizzlies 86

(1-0, 1-0 home)

    Coverage: CSNC

    7:00 PM ET, October 12, 2005

    FedExForum, Memphis, TN

    1 2 3 4 T
    CHI 18 21 13 3082
    MEM 19 22 29 1686

    Grizzlies jump out to big lead, hang on vs. Bulls

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Mike Miller scored 13 points and the Memphis Grizzlies held on for a 86-82 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night.

    Memphis led by as many as 21 in the second half, and held an 18-point lead entering the fourth period. But with both teams playing their reserves, the Bulls cut into the lead. The Bulls went on a 16-2 run led by Michael Sweetney and Randy Holcomb to cut the Memphis lead to 80-79 with 2:26 left.

    A 3-pointer by Memphis guard Dahntay Jones put the game out of reach. Chicago didn't help its cause by missing four of seven free throws down the stretch.

    It was the exhibition opener for Memphis, while the Bulls, coming off their first playoff appearance in seven years, suffered their second defeat after losing at Detroit Tuesday.

    Luol Deng led the Bulls with 13 points, while Holcomb added 12. Kirk Hinrich had 11 points and Sweetney and Jermaine Jackson finished with 10 each.

    Rookie Hakim Warrick finished with 10 for Memphis.

    Memphis led 41-39 at the break after a first half fitting of an early exhibition game. There was the usual preseason shuffling of lineups looking for combinations that might be beneficial. The offseason rust contributed to enough defensive mistakes that the most prominent sound of the first two quarters was a symphony of whistles for the 36 fouls called in the half. There were 70 fouls called in the game.

    The teams combined for 22 first-half turnovers, including 12 by Memphis.

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