Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 1/13

Game 1: Friday, January 13th
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Grizzlies81
Game 2: Wednesday, March 29th
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Nets 69

(19-14, 9-8 away)

Grizzlies 81

(23-11, 13-5 home)

    7:00 PM ET, January 13, 2006

    FedExForum, Memphis, TN

    1 2 3 4 T
    NJ 18 11 17 2369
    MEM 18 29 18 1681

    Top Performers

    NJ: J. Kidd 10 Pts, 11 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Mem: M. Miller 18 Pts, 16 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl

    Grizzlies use suffocating defense to get past Nets

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Richard Jefferson's back problems have stalled the momentum of the New Jersey Nets.

    Mike Miller had 18 points and a season-high 16 rebounds and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Nets 81-69 on Friday. New Jersey has lost two straight after a 10-game winning streak, dropping both games with Jefferson sidelined.

    "It was one of those nights," Nets coach Lawrence Frank said. "Everyone had turnovers. It wasn't a pretty performance. We couldn't get anything done on the offensive end."

    Bobby Jackson scored 17 points for Memphis. Eddie Jones added 12 and Shane Battier finished with 11 as the Grizzlies won for the ninth time in 11 games overall and their sixth straight at home. It was the Grizzlies' fifth straight win over the Nets in the series.

    Jefferson's absence takes 18.5 points and 7.3 rebounds from the Nets, and while New Jersey players would not point directly at the injury as the reason for the loss, it was a contributing factor.

    "He's obviously a big key for us," reserve Scott Padgett said. "...We have a smaller margin of error with Richard out, but we still have plenty of weapons to where we can win games."

    Memphis built its advantage with 21 unanswered points spanning the second and third quarters. The Grizzlies took a 24-point lead early in the third quarter.

    The 65-46 lead entering the fourth was large enough that New Jersey's starters grabbed a seat to let the reserves give it a try. The second-stringers could never get closer than 11 in the final seconds.

    Vince Carter had 14 points for New Jersey, while Jason Kidd had 10 points and 11 rebounds. Carter had scored 20 or more in 12 straight games.

    "We missed shots, missed layups," Carter said. "It was one of those nights. We couldn't put the ball in the basket."

    The Nets forced Grizzlies standout Pau Gasol to hit only 3-of-13 from the field and 3-of-8 from the line for nine points. He missed short jumpers, outside shots and hit the side of the backboard on one baseline drive.

    But that opened the outside for Jackson and Miller, who had the Grizzlies' first triple-double in Tuesday night's victory over Sacramento.

    "We try to help each other out," Gasol said. "We try to play together. It doesn't matter who gets what. It's just a matter of doing what it takes to win."

    In the early stages, the Nets pushed Gasol away for the basket, disrupting the Memphis offense. Gasol was taking passes 15 feet from the basket instead of deep in the post or along the baseline.

    Gasol took only three shots through the first 20 minutes, missing all of them. That lack of offense and 11 turnovers allowed the Nets to stay close through most of the first half.

    "It didn't seem like either team wanted to take control of the game," Battier said. "We made a few shots and got a few stops in the second quarter, and that was the key for us."

    New Jersey was having its own problems in the half with 13 turnovers and 30 percent shooting, including Kidd and Carter combining to shoot 6-of-21. The Nets scored only 11 points in the second quarter, their lowest total of any quarter this season. Meanwhile, Memphis closed the half with 15 straight points over the final 4 minutes and carried a 47-29 lead into halftime.

    "The first half, I had four wide open ones," said Padgett, who had 7 points on 2-of-8 shooting. "I like my chances of making those, but I didn't make them tonight.

    "It seems like one of those nights where everybody on our team had an off night. You have to give (the Grizzlies) credit because they had something to do with it."

    Game notes


    Jacque Vaughn started his second game in Jefferson's spot and scored five points. ... Jones played in his 800th game. ... Carter got a technical from official Bennie Adams midway through the second period for arguing after being called for an offensive foul. ... The 69 points was the lowest performance for New Jersey this season. The Nets scored at least 95 points in their 10-game winning streak.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    NJ
    MEM
    Points 69 81
    FGM-FGA 25-72 (.347) 29-69 (.420)
    3PM-3PA 6-19 (.316) 9-20 (.450)
    FTM-FTA 13-18 (.722) 14-24 (.583)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 6-36 9-49
    Assists 14 21
    Turnovers 17 18
    Steals 9 9
    Blocks 2 4
    Fast Break Points 6 6
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (4/0) 19 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 2 24

    Top Performers

    New Jersey
    Memphis
    Jason Kidd Kidd
    Points: 10
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 1
    Mike Miller Miller
    Points: 18
    Reb: 16
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0