NBA Game Summary - Charlotte at Memphis
(Sunday, April 10th)
Final Score: Memphis 102, Charlotte 95
Memphis, TN (Sports Network) - Shane Battier poured in a game-high 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead Memphis past Charlotte, 102-95, at FedExForum.
Mike Miller netted 21 points, while Pau Gasol and Lorenzen Wright each had 16 points for Memphis, which has won three straight and six of 10. Wright finished with 10 rebounds in the win.
The Grizzlies remain in eighth place in the Western Conference playoff race 4 1/2 games ahead of idle Minnesota.
Brevin Knight led the way for the Bobcats with 22 points and 10 assists. Charlotte has now lost eight straight after winning two consecutive. Emeka Okafor tallied 19 points and was a lion on the boards, pulling down a game- high 18 rebounds.
Both clubs played a tight contest for the first two-plus quarters, until Memphis was able to grab some breathing room near the end of the third frame. Leading by six throughout most of the frame, Dahntay Jones nailed a three- pointer and Earl Watson hit a layup to give the Grizzlies a 78-68 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Jones hit another trey in the early moments of the final stanza, staking Memphis to an 82-70 lead with 11 minutes to play.
Trailing by double digits for much of the frame, Charlotte pulled to within 95-91 after Keith Bogans hit a tough layup, part of a quick 6-0 spurt, with just over two minutes left in the contest.
Battier answered for the Grizzlies with a layup of his own on the other end, giving them a 97-91 lead.
The Bobcats were able to get within four on a pair of free throws by Knight, but five straight points by Memphis put the game out of reach.
Charlotte led 26-24 after the first quarter, but Memphis battled back in the second stanza to garner a 52-46 advantage at the break.
Memphis swept the season series and has allowed less than 100 points in 26 of its last 28 games...Charlotte fell to 0-7 on Sunday games this season...The Grizzlies hit 27-of-33 (82 percent) from the free throw line and went 7-of-16 from three-point distance...The Bobcats went just 3-of-8 from beyond the arc and shot 42 percent from the floor.
04/10 22:55:15 ET