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