Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/25

Game 1: Friday, November 25th
Game 2: Saturday, December 3rd
Game 3: Monday, January 30th
Game 4: Saturday, April 15th

Grizzlies 90

(12-5, 7-3 away)

Rockets 75

(4-12, 2-6 home)

    Coverage: FSSW

    7:30 PM ET, December 3, 2005

    Toyota Center, Houston, TX

    1 2 3 4 T
    MEM 34 13 26 1790
    HOU 13 13 24 2575

    Top Performers

    Memphis: D. Stoudamire 24 Pts, 1 Reb, 8 Ast

    Houston: Y. Ming 29 Pts, 7 Reb, 2 Stl

    Stoudamire helps Grizzlies to fifth straight win

    HOUSTON (AP) -- The Memphis Grizzlies set up a franchise-record 15 3-pointers with a strong passing game.

    Damon Stoudamire scored 24 points on 6-of-7 shooting from 3-point range in the Grizzlies' 90-75 victory over the Houston Rockets on Saturday night.

    Memphis, which has won five straight games, was 15-of-32 from 3-point range to break the team record of 13 set against Milwaukee last January.

    "We all found a groove tonight and knocked down shots," said Stoudamire, whose career best was eight 3s while playing for Portland last season. "We swing it around and find the open men.

    "This team is so unselfish. All you have to do is be ready to shoot and these guys will find you."

    Bobby Jackson went 5-for-8 on 3-pointers and scored a season-high 18 points.

    "It was something they gave to us," Jackson said. "If we didn't make them, things might have turned out differently. But we've got a lot of good shooters and everybody was feeling good."

    Coach Mike Fratello could tell.

    "It starts with defense," Fratello said. "That gets us going and we try to go from there. We hit a lot of shots tonight, especially from 3-point range. Damon was just fantastic.

    "I don't think you can hit that many 3s unless you have open looks. It was the next pass, the next pass, the next pass. They were just playing unselfishly."

    The Rockets, who snapped a seven-game losing streak with a win over Atlanta on Wednesday night, have not won consecutive games this season. Yao Ming led Houston with 29 points.

    "The only difference between our team this year and last and Memphis' team this year and last is that we were a team of great chemistry last year and they weren't," coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "This year it's flipped.

    "We may get along well in the locker room but we have no chemistry because we have no accountability or feeling of responsibility to one another."

    Memphis took a 16-7 lead midway through the first period, with Tracy McGrady missing his first four shots and Yao going 1-for-4. McGrady finished 5-for-15 with 12 points.

    Memphis made all six of its first-quarter 3-pointers to take a 34-13 lead. The Grizzlies didn't miss from beyond the arc until Jackson's attempt with 11:29 left in the second quarter.

    "We know they are a good 3-point shooting team," Yao said. "But we still did not defend well on the 3-point line. There's not one single reason for why that was.

    "They played on a back-to-back and we had three days off. However, the situation on the court made it look like we were playing on the back-to-back. Maybe we had too much rest."

    Houston shot 29.4 percent the first quarter. McGrady missed his first eight shots, including an uncontested dunk, before hitting a layup with 6:30 left in the first half. Houston was down 39-18 when he hit it.

    "We just didn't show up tonight," said McGrady, who has missed eight games with back problems. "In the course of an 82-game season, you have games like this, but we can't afford to come out ad play like that.

    "To play like that on your home court, in front of your fans, is disappointing."

    Boos began to rain down from the crowd as the Rockets shot poorly and the boos got stronger when 6-foot-8 Shane Battier blocked a shot by the 7-6 Yao.

    Memphis finished the half 7-of-13 on 3s and led 47-26, a season low halftime total for Houston.

    Battier hit the Grizzlies' first two 3s in the second half and had 10 of their first 11 points as they took a 56-31 lead with 9:09 left in the third.

    Both teams went cold in the fourth quarter and neither hit a field goal until McGrady's jumper with 8:09 left. Memphis' first fourth-quarter field goal was a tip-in by Lorenzen Wright with 7:07 to play.

    The Rockets used a 9-2 run to cut it to 77-60 with 5:35 remaining.

    Game notes

    Eddie Jones, the NBA leader in 3-pointers made, was 1-for-8 on 3s. ... The Grizzlies, who beat Orlando Friday night, are 8-2 overall in back-to-back games this season, including 4-1 on the second nights. ... Grizzlies had won three straight games by 20 or more points before Saturday.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 90 75
    FGM-FGA 33-72 (.458) 31-68 (.456)
    3PM-3PA 15-32 (.469) 3-15 (.200)
    FTM-FTA 9-14 (.643) 10-16 (.625)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 9-31 12-36
    Assists 24 20
    Turnovers 16 22
    Steals 12 11
    Blocks 4 5
    Fast Break Points 10 13
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 14 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 25 0

    Top Performers

    Damon Stoudamire Stoudamire
    Points: 24
    Reb: 1
    Ast: 8
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Yao Ming Ming
    Points: 29
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0