NBA Game Summary - Memphis at Utah
(Saturday, January 22nd)
Final Score: Memphis 110, Utah 94
Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) - Pau Gasol scored a game-high 23 points, the Memphis bench racked up 45 points, and the Grizzlies continued their sizzling play with a 110-94 victory over Utah at the Delta Center.
Coming off two sub-par outings where he collected 13 points, Gasol netted eight in the first quarter and hit 7-of-12 field goals total for Memphis, which has won 11 of its last 13.
Shane Battier, who went 3-of-3 from behind the arc en route to 13 first quarter points, finished with 16 points and six rebounds.
Brian Cardinal had 14 points, Earl Watson added 12 and Bonzi Wells contributed 10 to lead the Grizzlies reserves.
"Our bench gave us a huge lift - Earl, Brian, Bonzi and (Stromile Swift,)" Memphis coach Mike Fratello said. "And Pau got back on track again."
Leading Utah, which activated All-Star forward Andrei Kirilenko before the game, was Mehmet Okur with 22 points.
This game was decided in the final minutes of the third quarter and the opening minutes of the fourth.
Utah chipped at Memphis' six-point lead for most of the third quarter before an Okur three-pointer pulled the Jazz within 67-66 with less than three minutes remaining in the frame. But the Grizzlies rattled off 12 of the next 16 points to take a 79-70 lead into the final quarter.
Memphis stretched its lead to 19 points with a 14-4 run in the first four minutes of the fourth quarter and cruised to the victory.
Kirilenko, who had missed 26 games with a knee injury, played 12 minutes and finished with two points, two rebounds and two blocked shots.
"I feel a little bit of tiredness," Kirilenko said. "Sometimes my mind was ready to get the rebound, but my body didn't."
Carlos Boozer had 17 points and 10 rebounds for Utah, which also got 15 points apiece from Gordan Giricek and Keith McLeod.
Utah has lost five of seven and eight of its last 12 home games.
On the strength on 13 points from Battier and eight from Gasol, Memphis held a 28-20 advantage after the first quarter.
The Grizzlies opened the second quarter on a 13-6 run with Wells, James Posey and Watson each draining three-pointers. They made their first six attempts from downtown en route to a 47-41 lead at halftime.
"I think we started off the right way," Gasol said. "We got some good shots and established a lead and were able to keep it for the whole game pretty much."
Utah played its first game since trading Carlos Arroyo, who fell out of favor with head coach Jerry Sloan, to the Detroit Pistons for veteran center Elden Campbell and a future first round pick. Arroyo hadn't played in four games due to Sloan's decision...Utah is 8-11 at the Delta Center...In order to make room on the roster for Kirilenko, the Jazz placed guard Kirk Snyder on the injured list...The Grizzlies continued to cope with the death of Don Poier, the voice of the Grizzlies on radio and TV. Poier passed away suddenly in Denver on Friday. Information regarding funeral arrangements and expressions of sympathy were expected to be posted on the Grizzlies' website...The Grizzlies are 10-11 on the road this season...Utah posted a 6-20 record during Kirilenko's absence...The win was Memphis' third in Utah.
01/23 00:14:09 ET