MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Bobby Jackson realizes the Memphis
Grizzlies are his team to run now.
On a day starting point guard Damon Stoudamire had
season-ending knee surgery and shooting guard Mike Miller sat out
his second game with a sprained left ankle, the Grizzlies built an
early lead Tuesday night and beat the Golden State Warriors 104-94.
Jones was 8-of-16 from the field, including 4-of-10 from 3-point range. Jackson added 19 points in his new role as starting
point guard, instead of his usual spot as one of the league's top
"I haven't started in a while," said Jackson, who missed eight
games last month with a hamstring injury. "But regardless of
whether I'm starting or coming off the bench, I feel like I'm
capable of running the team and being productive right now."
The Warriors concentrated defensively on Gasol, who managed only
10 shots but found open shooters on the perimeter. The 7-footer has
24 assists in his last three games.
"Jackson and Jones are good 3-point shooters," Warriors coach
Mike Montgomery said. "We knew that. We felt they would go to
Gasol a lot, so we geared up to try and double up on him. I don't
know that we aggressively committed ourselves to that.
"As a result, they came out of the doubles and shot it very
well from 3."
Memphis went to the free throw line 40 times, hitting 27. The
Warriors shot only 12 free throws.
"Typically, the aggressor gets the call, and I think that's
what happened," Montgomery said. "We were a little disappointed
in the foul shots. But like I said, the aggressor typically gets
the calls, and we were not the aggressor."
The Warriors' reserves made it a little more interesting down
the stretch after the Grizzlies held several 20-point leads in the
fourth quarter, the last coming with 5:55 left. Eight unanswered
points, highlighted by a pair of 3-pointers from Richardson, got
Golden State within 12.
Richardson's basket brought the Warriors within 100-91 with 1:23
left, but Gasol and Dahntay Jones each hit a pair of free throws
and Golden State got no closer.
"It was too big of a hole," Richardson said. "We were down by
25 at one point, and we fought back, but we've got to find a way
not to get down that far and find out what we're doing to dig
ourselves into holes like that."
Memphis led 62-42 at halftime after Jackson's 3-pointer bounced
on the rim before dropping through with a second remaining. The
Grizzlies shot 60 percent in the half, and the 62 points were their
most in a half this season. The 37 points in the second quarter was
the most in any quarter for Memphis this year.
Golden State closed the third with a 13-4 run, including 11
unanswered points, and cut the lead to 82-66 entering the fourth.
Jackson knows that losing Stoudamire has started talk about
Memphis trading for a point guard, but after his successful debut
as the Grizzlies' new floor leader, he plans to let his playing
address that question.
"Everybody knows what I can do," Jackson said. "I'm not a
selfish guy. I'm not trying to put this team on my back. I'm just
going out there and doing what coach (Mike Fratello) wants me to
do: Run the team, make shots, push the ball. I know how to do
Grizzlies officials announced before the game that
Stoudamire had surgery to repair the ruptured right patellar tendon
injured in the Dec. 30 win at Portland. ... Memphis started its
All-Star campaign for Gasol with "Vote Now! Vote Pau!" poster and
buttons. ... Murphy got a technical in the third period for arguing
a foul call, which led Montgomery to point out to officials the
17-4 first-half advantage at the line for Memphis. ... The loss
prevented Golden State from recording its first 3-0 trip since