Andriuskevicius, the 7-foot-2 second-year player from Lithuania,
played only nine minutes, all in the fourth period, but took
control down the stretch as Memphis tried to pull even.
Tyrus Thomas, the rookie from LSU, led the Bulls (3-0) with 12
points, while Luol Deng and Malik Allen each added 10. Viktor
Khryapa, who has led the Bulls in assists in each preseason games,
The Grizzlies missed six of their first seven free throws in the
final quarter, and went only 3-of-10 in the period. Memphis hit 53
percent for the game (19-of-36).
While the Grizzlies' problems were at the line, the Bulls had
trouble handling the ball. Chicago committed 27 turnovers in the
game, leading to 25 Memphis points.
Memphis rookie forward Rudy Gay did not play because of a
bruised chest. That, with several other key injuries, left the
Grizzlies with a starting frontline of 6-foot-6 Jones with Roberts
and Warrick, both 6-foot-9, and only nine players available. Then,
reserve Junior Harrington went out with about 9 minutes left in the
game when he caught an elbow in the head from Thomas that took five
stitches to close.
Foul trouble on P.J. Brown got Thomas some early playing time,
and the rookie had 10 of his points in the first half as the Bulls
built a 46-40 lead at intermission.
Chicago led by as many as nine in the first half while shooting
52 percent from the field. The teams were a combined 0-of-13
outside the arc in the game until Chucky Atkins hit with 4:08 left,
the only 3-pointer of the game.
The Bulls carried a 64-58 lead into the final period as the
Chicago starters sat out the fourth.