MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Jerry Sloan said the Utah Jazz appeared
well-dressed and played ugly.
Sloan said Utah's 87-65 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday
night reminded him of a team "who likes to play with a tuxedo on
instead of getting our hands dirty and getting after it."
"I was definitely surprised," Sloan said after Utah's
five-game winning streak was snapped. "I thought we would come in
with a lot more energy."
Memphis forward Pau Gasol was the one doing the dirty work,
scoring 27 points and matching his career high with 18 rebounds.
Gasol also had seven assists and four blocks as Memphis won its
"I thought the performance by Pau was incredible," Memphis
coach Mike Fratello said. "You have to work against (Utah) because
they dominate coming off the glass. You have to work to get 18
"We threw everything out the window that we'd been doing to
help us win the last five games," Utah reserve Deron Williams
said. "I don't know. It's very frustrating."
Memphis led by 12 after three quarters, but Kirilenko had two
baskets to get Utah within nine with 6:22 left.
The Grizzlies responded by hitting 10 straight free throws and
Jackson added a 3-pointer. Jones scored on a layup after Gasol's
rebound to give Memphis an 81-60 lead with just under 3 minutes
Kirilenko was 8-for-14 from the field, but the other Utah
starters were a combined 7-of-33. The Jazz shot 31 percent,
including 1-for-11 from 3-point range.
"In the beginning of the game, we started missing lots of
shots," Kirilenko said. "We were shooting like 25 or 26 percent
in the first quarter, which is why our confidence wasn't what it
has been lately."
The Jazz rotated big men defending Gasol, but the Grizzlies'
leading scorer had 16 points midway through the second quarter.
"I get the ball in the post a lot, and that gives me an
opportunity to read every kind of defense they are going to try and
set against us," Gasol said. "I'm trying to take my time, be
patient, read the defense and pace myself a little bit."
Memphis led by 19 before Utah put together an 11-2 run in the
second quarter to cut the lead to 10. Gasol had 18 points and nine
rebounds in the first half and Memphis led 45-30 at halftime.
The Grizzlies believed they let a win get away Dec. 26 in Utah
when they squandered a 19-point lead in the second half and
eventually lost in overtime, and they didn't want it to happen
"We wanted to come out and play our best and not let them see
any light," Jones said. "We just came out and did it defensively.
"...I kept telling guys on the floor we were not going to have
a lapse like we did in Utah."
The Jazz beat the Grizzlies 105-102 in overtime at Utah on
Dec. 26. It was the last loss for Memphis. ... Mehmet Okur is the
only Jazz player to start all 33 games. ... Fratello got a
technical from Eric Lewis late in the third period for arguing that
officials missed a foul call. ... Utah is 0-5 when scoring under 80
points. ... Okur had 12 rebounds, marking his fifth straight game
as Utah's leading rebounder. ... Jones' 13 points left him two
points shy of 13,000 for his career. ... Utah is 12-5 when
Kirilenko starts. ... Memphis G Jackson, starting in place of Damon
Stoudamire, who had season-ending knee surgery this week, is 3-0 as
a starter. ... Utah was averaging 96.6 points during its winning
streak. ...The Jazz starting backcourt of Gordan Giricek and Keith
McLeod did not have an assist.