Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 3)

Series starts 1/3

Game 1: Tuesday, January 3rd
Game 2: Monday, February 13th
Game 3: Tuesday, April 4th

Warriors 94

(17-15, 8-8 away)

Grizzlies 104

(20-10, 10-5 home)

Coverage: FSBAY

7:00 PM ET, January 3, 2006

FedExForum, Memphis, TN

1 2 3 4 T
GS 17 25 24 2894
MEM 25 37 20 22104

Top Performers

GS: D. Fisher 18 Pts, 2 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl

Mem: P. Gasol 21 Pts, 7 Reb, 9 Ast, 3 Blk

Jackson leads way in Grizzlies' win over Warriors

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.

Eddie Jones scored 23 points and Pau Gasol added 21 points and a career-high nine assists as Memphis won its fourth straight.

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 backcourt reserves.

"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."

Shane Battier scored 16 points and Lorenzen Wright 12 for Memphis.

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."

Jason Richardson, who struggled from the field in the first three quarters, led the Warriors with 20 points, while reserve Derek Fisher added 18.

Troy Murphy scored 17 points and Mike Dunleavy had 10, but Baron Davis, Golden State's second-leading scorer, was limited to seven. Golden State had its three-game winning streak snapped.

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 that."

Game notes

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 1992.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Team Stat Comparison

Points 94 104
FGM-FGA 38-81 (.469) 35-72 (.486)
3PM-3PA 8-21 (.381) 7-23 (.304)
FTM-FTA 10-12 (.833) 27-40 (.675)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 7-34 7-37
Assists 22 21
Turnovers 12 11
Steals 10 8
Blocks 3 6
Fast Break Points 17 14
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 26 (4/0) 18 (1/0)
Largest Lead 0 25

Top Performers

Golden State
Derek Fisher Fisher
Points: 18
Reb: 2
Ast: 3
Stl: 2
Blk: 0
Pau Gasol Gasol
Points: 21
Reb: 7
Ast: 9
Stl: 0
Blk: 3