NBA Game Summary - Washington at Memphis
(Wednesday, November 3rd)
Final Score: Washington 103, Memphis 91
Memphis, TN (Sports Network) - Antawn Jamison poured in 34 points and grabbed eight rebounds in his Wizards' debut to lead Washington over Memphis, 103-91, at FedExForum in the season-opener for both squads.
Juan Dixon added 28 points for the Wizards, who got off to good start on the road after finishing an NBA-worst 8-33 away from home last season. Washington won the game, despite dressing a league minimum eight players.
Bonzi Wells netted a team-high 19 points for the Grizzlies, who are coming off last season's franchise-record 50 wins and first-ever postseason appearance. Memphis, which also received 17 points and nine boards from Pau Gasol, has dropped four straight season-openers.
"We should have got this game," Wells said. "They were short-handed, missing three or four of their best guys, and we still got beat."
The Grizzlies trailed 52-44 at the intermission, but outscored Washington 32-11 in the third quarter to take a 13-point advantage into the final 12 minutes and they cruised to the victory. In the quarter, Dixon drilled a three-pointer with 4:57 remaining to put his team ahead, 63-60, and Washington led the rest of the way.
But Washington wasn't done yet as they ended the third on a 13-3 run to take a commanding 76-63 lead into the fourth. Dixon posted two buckets in the final 19 seconds of the frame.
In the fourth, Memphis got as close as eight, but never seriously threatened. Gasol scored in the paint to complete a string of eight unanswered points to trim the lead to 85-77 with 5:29 to play.
Memphis lost an 18-point first-half lead in large part to 18 turnovers.
"That's what you call an old-fashion butt kicking," said Memphis' Shane Battier said. "We didn't deserve to win that game. We were outplayed."
The Grizzlies led 17-15, but ended the final 3:05 of the first quarter on a 10-1 spurt to increase their advantage to 27-16 heading into the second.
Memphis continued with its momentum in the beginning of the second. The Grizzlies tallied 16 of the first 26 points of the frame go ahead by 17. Gasol capped off the run on a pair of free throws with just over five minutes left before halftime to make it 43-26.
However, Washington did not roll over and the cut the deficit to 52-44 at the intermission.
The Wizards played without a full team. Starting point guard Gilbert Arenas served a one-game suspension from the NBA after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor charge of failing to maintain proper handgun registration while he was living in California in 2003. The Wizards were also without guard Larry Hughes and center Brendan Haywood, who received suspensions for their participation during a fight in a preseason game against Chicago.
Memphis was without center Lorenzen Wright, who was handed a one-game suspension by the NBA after he was ejected in a preseason victory over Milwaukee for shoving his hand in the face of Bucks' center Zaza Pachulia.
Arenas and Hughes are eligible to return for Thursday's game against Charlotte, while Haywood can return to the court on November 9th against Miami...Memphis outscored Washington, 52-34, in the paint.
11/04 00:36:03 ET