Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 11/22

Game 1: Saturday, November 22nd
Game 2: Wednesday, November 26th
Game 3: Friday, January 16th
Game 4: Tuesday, February 17th

Jazz 101

(24-16, 8-12 away)

Grizzlies 91

(11-28, 9-13 home)

    Coverage: FSRM

    8:00 PM ET, January 16, 2009

    FedExForum, Memphis, TN

    1 2 3 4 T
    UTAH 26 28 26 21101
    MEM 21 22 26 2291

    Top Performers

    Utah: D. Williams 27 Pts, 12 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Memphis: M. Gasol 12 Pts, 10 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Blk

    Williams drops 27 as Jazz take seventh straight from Memphis

    Associated Press

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- After an ankle injury sidelined him for the first 12 games of the season, Deron Williams is starting to look like the one of the NBA's best again.

    The Utah guard scored 27 points and Ronnie Brewer added 21, leading the Jazz to a 101-91 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night.

    Fast Facts

    • Deron Williams scored 10 of his 27 points in the first quarter, helping the Jazz win for the first time in their last six road games.

    • Utah shot 52.1 percent from the field and improved to 11-1 this season when shooting over 51.0 percent in a game.

    • Memphis has lost eight straight against Utah.

    -- ESPN research

    "We came out last game without a lot of energy," Williams said of a 114-93 loss Tuesday at Oklahoma City. "I'm still dwelling on that loss. I'll dwell on that loss all season. It was a loss we shouldn't have had."

    It was also a lost that inspired Williams, whose steady play helped the Jazz win their seventh straight against the reeling Grizzlies. Memphis lost its fifth straight and for the 13th time in 15 games.

    "That game [against Oklahoma City] left a bad taste in our mouths," Brewer said. "We couldn't stay down because we had a young team in the Grizzlies."

    Grizzlies forward Darius Miles, who signed a 10-day contract Saturday, made his 10th appearance of the season Friday, placing the remaining $18 million of his salary back on Portland's payroll. The Trail Blazers sent out an e-mail earlier this month warning of possible legal action against any team signing the free agent, but the Grizzlies signed Miles.

    He finished with 10 points and seven rebounds in 14 minutes.

    Utah led 26-21 at the end of the first quarter and never trailed the rest of the game. But Memphis trimmed a 20-point deficit in the third quarter to five, 96-91, late in the fourth.

    Williams, though, prevented a comeback.

    With 1:23 left, Williams made a pull-up 3-pointer for a 99-91 advantage and Memphis misfired on its final three shots of the game.

    "We were still in the game late," Grizzlies coach Marc Iavaroni said. "They made a big 3-pointer against our zone with the shot clock running out. I thought that was a huge basket."

    Rookie guard O.J. Mayo led the Grizzlies with 23 points and Hakim Warrick and Mike Conley came off the bench to score 15 apiece. Marc Gasol added 12 points and 10 rebounds.

    Memphis forward Rudy Gay, averaging 18.8 points per game, continued his recent slump. He was held to five points and has scored only 15 points in the past two games.

    "At times it's frustrating," Gay said of his limited touches. "But that's just part of the game and I'll play through it."

    His teammates seem to be losing their patience, too, especially as the losses mount.

    "Everybody's frustrated," Gasol said. "If somebody's not frustrated, then they have a problem. Everybody should be frustrated."

    The Grizzlies led 5-2 at the start, a rarity during their five-game losing streak. Memphis had not held a lead of more than one point during the previous four games.

    But Utah went on a 13-0 run to build a 19-9 lead. Williams had seven points during the run. The Grizzlies got no closer than five points in the first half.

    Gay, held to 10 points in a loss to Cleveland Tuesday, had just four points in the first two quarters. Mayo, held to a season-low six points against Cleveland, had 11 points before halftime.

    "We're one of the youngest teams in the league," Mayo said. "But we're not one of the hardest-playing teams in the league. We have to come out playing hard and not wait to be down 10 or 15 points."

    Game notes

    The Grizzlies fell to 3-17 against teams with winning records. ... After scoring a career-high 25 points in Tuesday's loss to Cleveland, Memphis point guard Kyle Lowry was limited to four points in 18 minutes against Utah.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 101 91
    FGM-FGA 37-71 (.521) 32-75 (.427)
    3PM-3PA 7-19 (.368) 3-12 (.250)
    FTM-FTA 20-27 (.741) 24-29 (.828)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 7-33 13-35
    Assists 23 15
    Turnovers 16 17
    Steals 9 8
    Blocks 3 6
    Fast Break Points 6 10
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (1/0) 24 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 20 3

    Top Performers

    Deron Williams Williams
    Points: 27
    Reb: 0
    Ast: 12
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1
    Marc Gasol Gasol
    Points: 12
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1