TORONTO (AP) -- Damon Stoudamire felt sorry for the Toronto
Raptors, remembering the struggles when he was on the team.
Stoudamire scored 19 points and Eddie Jones had 18 to lead the
Memphis Grizzlies to a 92-66 rout of the Raptors, who fell to an
NBA-worst 1-15 Wednesday night.
"This is the same thing that went on eight years ago," said
Stoudamire, who was part of a Toronto team that went 16-66 in
1997-98. "I remember them days like it was yesterday. I feel for
them. I know what it's like to lose that many. What are they 1-15?
I've been there before. I know all about that."
Pau Gasol added 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who
have won three straight and eight of 10. Memphis never trailed and
led by as many as 29.
Fans booed the Raptors off the court at halftime, at end of the
third quarter and at the final buzzer. Attendance was a season-low
"This is a long season and it's going to get longer if we
continue to let these losses discourage us and tear the locker room
up," said Mike James, was scoreless on 0-for-7 shooting from the
Toronto coach Sam Mitchell kept the locker room closed for at
least 20 minutes after the game.
"As soon as one or two bad things happen you can just tell the
guys start doubting themselves, so it's not going do any good for
me to explode or blow up," Mitchell said.
Toronto's Jalen Rose, earning $15.6 million this season, did not
start for the second straight game and finished with just two
points in 12 minutes.
Bosh, faced with double teams, went 5-for-16 from the field.
Toronto shot 35 percent (25-for-72), compared to Memphis' 51
"That was disgraceful. It really is," one fan said before
leaving her courtside seat.
The Grizzlies committed eight turnovers in the third quarter,
but Toronto couldn't take advantage as they were outscored 15-14 in
Jones' 3-pointer, Stoudamire's layup and 3-point play gave
Memphis a 29-point lead with 2:40 left in the third.
Jones had 11 points in the first quarter, and Memphis went on a
16-0 run in the first half. Toronto cut the lead to 12 in the
second quarter, but Memphis followed with a 10-0 run capped by
consecutive 3-pointers by Stoudamire.
Shane Battier's 3-pointer gave the Grizzlies a 23-point lead at
"I've been on both sides," Memphis coach Mike Fratello said.
"When you are losing and nothing goes in, you just say to
yourself, 'We just can't make a shot tonight."
The game featured the only two Spaniards in the NBA -- Gasol
and Toronto's Jose Calderon. They were teammates for five years on
Spain's national team ... The Raptors now go on a three-game road
trip beginning Friday at Atlanta, the NBA's second-worst team.