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.
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