NBA Game Summary - Memphis at Charlotte
(Saturday, January 19th)
Final Score: Charlotte 105, Memphis 87
Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) - Jason Richardson had a season-high 38 points, and tied a career high with 14 rebounds, leading Charlotte to its first-ever victory over Memphis, 105-87.
The Bobcats had lost the previous six contests to the Grizzlies, dating back to the 2004-05 season. But Richardson and Gerald Wallace, who finished with 28 points and seven steals, helped put an end to the skid.
Raymond Felton had 11 points and nine assists for Charlotte, which has won three of four.
Pau Gasol had 28 points, and Juan Carlos Navarro made 5-of-8 from beyond the arc on his way to 21 points for Memphis, which has lost six of seven. Rudy Gay had 17 points and nine rebounds for the Grizzlies, who got just five points off the bench -- all from Kyle Lowry.
"It was a game we should have started differently, more aggressively and more assertively," Gasol said. "They did that, and that's why they took control of the game."
The Bobcats held a five-point halftime lead, and scored the first six points of the second half -- Emeka Okafor had a layup, Felton a jumper, and Okafor another basket to put Charlotte in front 52-41.
"This was a game where we had to come out and jump on them," Richardson said. "This was a must-win. because the next couple of weeks are pretty tough for us."
They also used it as a springboard for taking firm control of the game. The Bobcats extended their lead to 14 several times, and held an 80-67 advantage after a Wallace dunk brought the third quarter to a close.
Memphis scored eight straight points at the outset of the fourth quarter, drawing within 80-75 on Lowry's three-point play. But that was as close as the Grizzlies came, as Charlotte went on an 11-2 run.
Richardson had a pair of threes, including one to close out the surge with 7:14 left, putting the Bobcats up 91-77. Memphis didn't get closer than 10 points the rest of the game.
Charlotte scored 13 straight points in the first quarter, turning a five-point deficit into a 28-20 lead. Wallace had eight points in the run, and capped it with a dunk with 2:54 left, helping the Bobcats take a six-point lead into the second quarter.
The teams made only five combined field goals through the first six minutes of the second quarter, and Charlotte extend its lead to 37-27 on a Wallace layup with 5:34 on the clock. The Bobcats held that margin until the final minute of the half, when the Grizzlies scored four consecutive points to draw within 46-41 at the break.
Charlotte opened a three-game homestand, and will also host San Antonio and Dallas...Okafor and Matt Carroll each had 11 points for the Bobcats.
01/20 01:08:26 ET