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NBA Game Summary - Seattle at Memphis



(Friday, January 18th)

Final Score: Memphis 124, Seattle 100

Memphis, TN (Sports Network) - Mike Miller scored 25 points and Pau Gasol added 24 points, 12 boards and five assists as the Memphis Grizzlies defeated Seattle, 124-100, handing the SuperSonics their worst losing streak in over 35 years.

Juan Carlos Navarro chipped in with 21 points off the bench for Memphis, which snapped a five-game skid. Bobby Jones had 20 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists.

Kevin Durant had a team-high 22 points for Seattle, which dropped its ninth game in a row. It's the Sonics' longest skid since dropping nine straight from Oct. 29 - Nov. 15, 1972. Wally Szczerbiak contributed 19 points, while Chris Wilcox had 13 points and Nick Collison scored 12.

Although Memphis led by as many as 14 in the first quarter, a Luke Ridnour layup in the closing seconds pulled Seattle within seven, 32-25, after the first 12 minutes.

A Jones dunk with 8:29 left, capped a 12-4 Memphis run to begin the second quarter. The surge gave the Grizzlies a 15-point, 44-29 cushion.

The Sonics cut their deficit to 57-47 on Durant's turnaround jumper with just over two minutes left in the half, but Miller connected on a layup with 1:34 left to spark an 11-0 Memphis end to the second stanza. The Grizzlies went into the locker room with a 68-47 lead.

The Grizzlies opened a 90-58 lead on a Gasol layup with 5:29 left in the third. Seattle never threatened again and Memphis headed into the fourth quarter leading 102-72.

The Sonics pulled within 23 points, 109-86, on a pair of Johan Petro free throws with just under seven minutes to play, but the Grizzlies were able to cruise.

Game Notes

Seattle, which hasn't lost 10 straight since Dec. 12-29, 1968, now has back- to-back games in Texas, against Dallas on Saturday and Houston on Monday. The Sonics' record losing streak is 12, which is over two seasons - from March 15, 1969 - Oct. 28, 1970...Memphis' Mike Conley dished out eight assists to add to his seven points. Seattle's Kurt Thomas grabbed eight boards...Memphis hit 50 percent of its three-pointers (13-of-26), while Seattle connected on only 21.1 percent (4-of-19) from behind the arc...Memphis has taken the last three meetings and seven of the last 10.

01/18 23:15:45 ET


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