Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 11/2

Game 1: Wednesday, November 2nd
Game 2: Tuesday, January 24th

Heat 97

(1-0, 1-0 away)

Grizzlies 78

(0-1, 0-1 home)

    7:00 PM ET, November 2, 2005

    FedExForum, Memphis, TN

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIA 24 14 28 3197
    MEM 21 21 16 2078

    Top Performers

    Mia: A. Walker 25 Pts, 16 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Blk

    Mem: P. Gasol 26 Pts, 12 Reb, 4 Ast, 3 Blk

    Walker leads heat with 25 points, 16 boards

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The retooled Miami Heat used equal parts old and new to start their season right.

    Newcomer Antoine Walker scored 25 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in Miami's season opener, and Dwyane Wade added 23 points Wednesday night as the Heat defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 97-78.

    Walker, acquired in the five-team, 13-player trade during the offseason, shot 10-of-17 from the field, including 4-of-7 from 3-point range in Miami's season opener.

    Shaquille O'Neal scored 12 points, and Jason Williams, playing his first game as the Heat point guard after four seasons in Memphis, finished with 10.

    "When you have this type of versatility that we've added this year, it really becomes a case of 'pick your poison' on any night," reserve center Alonzo Mourning said.

    Despite holding O'Neal to four points in the first half, Memphis lost its fifth consecutive season opener, all at home. Pau Gasol led the Grizzlies with 26 points and 12 rebounds, and Eddie Jones scored 15 points. Damon Stoudamire had 10 points and five assists.

    Memphis shot 34 percent from the field, and the Grizzlies' three major offseason additions -- Jones, Stoudamire and Bobby Jackson -- were a combined 11-of-37.

    The game was close until a Heat run late in the third period and the early stages of the fourth put away the Grizzlies.

    "It is frustrating," Gasol said. "I don't understand why the energy dropped so much. We got stuck a lot of times like we didn't know how to execute our plays. We just collapsed a little bit."

    O'Neal was held to six points until midway through the third. At that point, the Heat center began backing down Memphis defenders and scored a trio of baskets in the latter stages of the quarter, helping Miami take a 66-58 into the fourth.

    "[O'Neal] is always going to draw two or three people," Walker said, "and it's going to be my job, Jason Williams' and [Jason] Kapono's to make some shots and loosen up the interior for him."

    O'Neal's baskets late in the quarter kick-started the Heat's run that lasted into the fourth period, and after a Wade dunk on a break with seven minutes left, Miami had its biggest lead at 84-64.

    The dunk capped a 27-7 run after the game was tied at 57 with 2:39 left in the third. Memphis would get no closer than 14 the rest of the way as Miami shot 62 percent after the break.

    "We've got a lot of guys who can create plays," Heat coach Stan Van Gundy said, "which is great as long as we're moving the ball and not falling into everyone trying to make the great play. [That's] what I thought happened in the first half. Everybody wanted to make the great dish for the score, and it ended up as turnover after turnover."

    Memphis led 42-38 at the half as Gasol controlled the inside. The 7-foot forward pushed the ball to the basket, but also showed adequate touch from 10-12 feet.

    "I tried to come out and be real aggressive and attack them," Gasol said. "It helped that I made my first few jump shots, so I could keep attacking."

    Neither team shot well early -- the Heat hit only one of their first nine shots, and Memphis was 3-for-14. Both finished the half just under 35 percent from the field. The Heat also was hindered by 12 turnovers.

    Heat veteran guard Gary Payton found himself in an unfamiliar position at the start of the game: With Williams starting at point guard, Payton came off the bench for only the seventh time in his career, scoring four points in more than 28 minutes.

    Game notes
    Williams received a mixture of boos and cheers in the pre-game introductions. ... Miami rookie center Earl Barron, who played at the University of Memphis, got in the game late, scoring 2 points. ... Memphis coach Mike Fratello said the Grizzlies already were looking at their own dress code when the league announced its rules. "I don't think there's anything wrong with having people at this level dressing in a certain manner," Fratello said.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 97 78
    FGM-FGA 37-78 (.474) 29-85 (.341)
    3PM-3PA 7-18 (.389) 4-17 (.235)
    FTM-FTA 16-21 (.762) 16-26 (.615)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 9-50 14-44
    Assists 19 16
    Turnovers 19 16
    Steals 7 8
    Blocks 7 6
    Fast Break Points 20 6
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 29 (1/0) 21 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 20 6

    Top Performers

    Antoine Walker Walker
    Points: 25
    Reb: 16
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1
    Pau Gasol Gasol
    Points: 26
    Reb: 12
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 3