NBA Game Summary - Memphis at Washington
(Sunday, January 22nd)
Final Score: Memphis 93, Washington 82
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Mike Miller scored a season-high 30 points to lead Memphis to a 93-82 victory over Washington at the MCI Center.
"My teammates did a good job setting screens and finding me after I made a few shots," Miller said. "Anytime they do that and you are shooting well, it makes the game a lot easier. When you get it going like that, the basket seems a lot bigger."
Eddie Jones and Pau Gasol posted 13 points apiece and Lorenzen Wright added 11 as the Grizzlies stopped a season-long four-game losing streak. Bobby Jackson helped pace the Memphis offense with eight points and nine assists.
"Bobby Jackson is known for shooting the ball from the outside, so you have to stay in front of him; but then he passes the ball off to Pau Gasol and Gasol is able to score from the inside," Washington guard Gilbert Arenas said.
Antawn Jamison led Washington with 25 points and 10 rebounds. Arenas scored 24 points and Caron Butler added 16 in the loss, just the Wizards' second in seven games. Brendan Haywood controlled the boards with 10 rebounds.
Washington shot out early with a 27-19 first-quarter lead. The Grizzlies went on a 10-1 run, however, capped by a three-pointer by Miller with 1:46 left before halftime. His 19 first-half points helped bring Memphis from an 11- point deficit at the 4:25 mark to a 41-41 tie when Hakim Warrick hit a free throw with 1:16 remaining.
The Grizzlies overtook the lead at 56-55 with 5:51 left in the third quarter when Jackson dished a wraparound pass to Wright for a two-handed jam. Following three more lead changes, Miller regained the Grizzlies' lead for good, 62-61, on a three-pointer with 3:11 left in the third quarter. The shot was part of a 16-3 Memphis run snapped by a triple by Arenas 1:10 into the fourth quarter.
Warrick pivoted his way into a turnaround jumper in the lane with 3:51 left in regulation, and acquired Memphis's largest lead of the game at 88-76, thus sealing the win for the Grizzlies.
Memphis is 11-9 on the road this season. The Grizzlies will visit the Miami Heat on Tuesday at AmericanAirlines Arena in the finale of the current swing.
The Wizards are 11-9 at the MCI Center this season. The Wizards had won three in a row at home before the Grizzlies' arrival.
"We lost to a very good team, a very well-coached team, and a team that has a lot of dangerous pieces," Wizards coach Eddie Jordan said. "We did the best we could, but we got a little disorganized and distracted on the offensive end. For the most part we really defended well."
This was the first of two meetings between the clubs this season. The Grizzlies are scheduled to host the Wizards on February 27th at FedExForum...The Grizzlies have won seven of 12 in the series and eight of the last 14 meetings...Memphis had lost seven of its previous nine meetings at Washington coming in.
01/22 20:46:06 ET