Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 2/4

Game 1: Saturday, February 4th
Game 2: Friday, April 7th

Bucks 90

(37-39, 14-25 away)

Grizzlies 100

(44-32, 28-11 home)

    Coverage: FSS

    7:00 PM ET, April 7, 2006

    FedExForum, Memphis, TN

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIL 27 18 27 1890
    MEM 24 34 21 21100

    Top Performers

    Mil: M. Redd 25 Pts, 6 Reb, 2 Ast

    Mem: P. Gasol 33 Pts, 14 Reb, 8 Ast, 2 Stl, 3 Blk

    Gasol scores 26 in first half as Grizz beat Bucks

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Pau Gasol has no problems switching roles from a scorer to a playmaker.

    Gasol scored 26 of his 33 points in the first half to help the Grizzlies beat the Milwaukee Bucks 100-90 on Friday night.

    He didn't become frustrated when the Bucks collapsed on him defensively in the third and fourth quarters, simply finding his teammates for open looks.

    Gasol attempted only three shots in the second half -- after making 11-of-12 in the first half -- but had five of his eight assists in the second half as the Grizzlies swept their three-game homestand and moved closer to the franchise's third-straight playoff berth.

    "In the second half they had to do something," Gasol said. "They started coming at me and I had to start passing the ball.

    "If they want to play me straight-up, I'm going to try to hurt them because I know I'm hard to stop when I'm one-on-one."

    Gasol added 14 rebounds and three of the Grizzlies' season-high 15 blocks. Point guard Chucky Atkins had two key 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and scored 12 of his 16 points in the period. Atkins' second-half production offset Gasol's inability to get shots off against the defense played by Andrew Bogut, Joe Smith and Jamaal Magliore.

    Gasol was held to one point in the third quarter and didn't take a shot until nearly 21 minutes had elapsed in the second half.

    "I think our big guys really took the challenge," Bucks coach Terry Stotts said. "Andrew, Joe and Jamaal really took the individual challenge of guarding him."

    It was the sixth straight road loss for the Bucks, who were led by Michael Redd's 25 points. Milwaukee has not won on the road since defeating Portland, 100-93, March 20.

    The Grizzlies shot 59.5 percent in the opening half and 52.8 percent for the game.

    "They just shot the ball so well in the first half," Stotts said. "We did such a poor job on the shots Gasol was making. He was getting dunks and they shot 60 percent in the first half.

    "In the second half, defensively, we were pretty good. We were under 40 percent (shooting) all night, but with 3 minutes to go, we're still in the game."

    The Bucks, who battled from 20 down to nearly win at Orlando on Wednesday, put together another strong run to rally from a 13-point halftime deficit. Milwaukee slowly chipped away at the Memphis lead and tied the game at 81 with six minutes left on a jumper by Redd.

    The Grizzlies aided the Bucks' comeback by missing their first seven shots to open the fourth quarter.

    But Memphis recovered behind Atkins and Gasol. Atkins dropped in a 3-pointer with 5:31 left for an 84-81 lead. Two minutes later he drilled another 3-pointer with the shot clock expiring for an 87-83 advantage.

    A strong drive and layup by Gasol, followed a minute later by a baseline jumper by the 7-foot Spainard, gave the Grizzlies a 91-85 lead with 1:46 to go. A Redd 3-pointer with 1:24 left cut the lead to 92-88, before Atkins dropped in a 15-footer. Free throws by Gasol, Mike Miller and Atkins in the final minute preserved the win.

    Tied at 22 at the end of the first quarter, the Grizzlies pulled away midway through the second quarter with a 14-2 run for a 49-37 lead. Gasol had six points during the run, Miller had a 3-pointer and Lorenzen Wright a three-point play.

    The Bucks helped the Grizzlies during the stretch by going 1-for-8 from the field. Gasol, averaging 20 points during his career against the Bucks, had 26 in the first half on a variety of attempts: dunks, mid-range jumpers from both baselines, running hook shots and layups. He hit 11-of-12 shots in the first half.

    The second-half run allowed the Grizzlies to overcome a difficult shooting half from 3-point range. Memphis went 2-of-11 from beyond the arc.

    A 3-pointer by Shane Battier to end the half gave the Grizzlies their biggest lead at 58-45.

    Game notes

    Grizzlies coach Mike Fratello won his franchise-record 84th game with the team. He's 84-58. ... Bucks forward Bobby Simmons left the game early in the third quarter because of a sprained left ankle. He did not return. ... The Grizzlies' backups were held under 35 points for the first time in four games. Memphis' reserves scored 25 points.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 90 100
    FGM-FGA 33-86 (.384) 38-72 (.528)
    3PM-3PA 7-16 (.438) 7-26 (.269)
    FTM-FTA 17-22 (.773) 17-26 (.654)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 12-38 7-42
    Assists 19 24
    Turnovers 12 15
    Steals 8 7
    Blocks 2 15
    Fast Break Points 6 4
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (2/0) 22 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 3 13

    Top Performers

    Michael Redd Redd
    Points: 25
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Pau Gasol Gasol
    Points: 33
    Reb: 14
    Ast: 8
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 3