Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 11/19

Game 1: Saturday, November 19th
Game 2: Monday, December 26th
Game 3: Friday, January 6th
Game 4: Sunday, March 19th

Jazz 65

(16-17, 8-9 away)

Grizzlies 87

(21-10, 11-5 home)

    Coverage: KJZZ

    7:00 PM ET, January 6, 2006

    FedExForum, Memphis, TN

    1 2 3 4 T
    UTAH 14 16 19 1665
    MEM 28 17 16 2687

    Top Performers

    UTAH: A. Kirilenko 20 Pts, 6 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 6 Blk

    Mem: P. Gasol 27 Pts, 18 Reb, 7 Ast, 1 Stl, 4 Blk

    Gasol scores 27 as Grizzlies dominate Jazz in Memphis

    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 fifth straight.

    "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 rebounds."

    Eddie Jones, Bobby Jackson and Mike Miller had 13 points apiece, while Shane Batter scored 12 before fouling out midway through the fourth.

    Andrei Kirilenko led Utah with 20 points, and Devin Brown added 10.

    "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 left.

    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 again.

    "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."

    Game notes

    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.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 65 87
    FGM-FGA 24-78 (.308) 25-69 (.362)
    3PM-3PA 1-11 (.091) 6-22 (.273)
    FTM-FTA 16-26 (.615) 31-39 (.795)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 16-48 13-50
    Assists 13 17
    Turnovers 17 12
    Steals 4 5
    Blocks 9 9
    Fast Break Points 13 12
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 31 (2/0) 27 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 1 23

    Top Performers

    Andrei Kirilenko Kirilenko
    Points: 20
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 6
    Pau Gasol Gasol
    Points: 27
    Reb: 18
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 4