NBA Game Summary - Memphis at Atlanta
(Saturday, December 8th)
Final Score: Atlanta 86, Memphis 78
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Josh Smith scored 25 points and grabbed seven rebounds, and the Atlanta Hawks outlasted the Memphis Grizzlies, 86-78.
Marvin Williams scored 17 points and had 10 boards for the Hawks, who have won three of four. Joe Johnson also scored 17 points for Atlanta. Al Horford ripped down 14 rebounds to go along with eight points for the Hawks.
Rudy Gay had 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who have dropped four in a row and five of six. Kyle Lowry scored 15 points, and Hakim Warrick had 14 points and eight boards for Memphis. Pau Gasol had 13 points and 10 boards for the Grizzlies.
"A win is a win, no matter how you got it, no matter how it looks," said Williams. "We're pretty excited about it."
Memphis came out ice-cold, scoring only 10 points in the first quarter, and only 28 in the first half. The Hawks ran out to a 10-2 lead in the early going and, after a Gasol dunk made it 10-4, Atlanta pushed on a 12-2 stretch. Horford closed it with a turnaround jumper, and the Hawks led 22-6 with 1:08 remaining in the first quarter.
Atlanta led 25-10 after the first quarter, and took a 39-28 lead into the break.
"We came out and, if you can't shoot the ball well, we're taking away a a major weapon," said Grizzlies head coach Marc Iavaroni. "Not to make any excuses, but they weren't lighting us up on defense. But 28 points is not going to be enough output."
The Hawks blew the game wide open in the third quarter. After a Mike Miller three-pointer (the only trey made by Memphis all night) pulled the Grizzlies within 43-33 with 9:29 to play, Atlanta answered with nine straight points. Smith converted a three-point play with 7:51 left in the third, and the Hawks led 52-33.
On a night when the Grizzlies shot a woeful 6.7 percent (1-of-15) from beyond the arc, a 19-point lead for the Hawks was all-but-insurmountable.
Atlanta led 68-51 after three quarters of play, and cruised to the finish line.
Atlanta's Josh Childress didn't dress with a right groin strain...The Hawks are now 10-3 all-time at home against the Grizzlies...Memphis guard Damon Stoudamire returned to the starting lineup after missing Friday's 118-116 overtime loss to New Orleans with flu-like symptoms. He was limited to 16 minutes, though, and finished with zero points, zero rebounds, and one assist on 0-of-6 shooting.
12/08 22:34:55 ET