NBA Game Summary - Charlotte at Memphis
(Monday, March 17th)
Final Score: Memphis 98, Charlotte 80
Memphis, TN (Sports Network) - Mike Miller had 18 points and 13 rebounds as the Memphis Grizzlies downed the Charlotte Bobcats, 98-80.
Juan Carlos Navarro had 21 points while Hakim Warrick had 19 points for the Grizzlies, who snapped a four-game losing streak.
"Obviously, it is a happy time for us," said Memphis coach Marc Iavaroni. "I thought that we played a pretty complete game. Defensively, we held them to 41 percent. I thought that we shot the ball in the second half with confidence."
Derek Anderson totaled 17 points and Jared Dudley added 14 points for the Bobcats, who have dropped their last four games.
"Our guys were tired tonight," said Charlotte forward Gerald Wallace. "This was a winnable game for us, but we let it go. We have to come back the next night and play strong."
Charlotte scored six straight points early in the first quarter and held a 10-3 lead on an Emeka Okafor jumper with under nine minutes to play. Memphis closed the gap with six unanswered points late in the quarter and trailed, 24-21, heading to the second.
The Bobcats surged ahead in the second quarter on a 10-2 run capped on back- to-back three-pointers from Anderson for a 37-27 lead with 8:40 left. Another six straight points built the lead to 43-29 later in the second.
The Grizzlies, though, used a 10-2 run in the waning minutes of the first half and Mike Conley's long jumper with a few ticks left on the clock cut the Bobcats' lead to 47-42 to start the third.
Memphis closed the gap in the third quarter and took a 54-51 lead on a Navarro three-pointer at the 7:37 mark. Six straight points later in the quarter was capped on a Javaris Crittenton basket with a little over a minute to play and the Grizzlies took a 72-64 lead into the final 12 minutes.
Memphis played front-runner throughout the fourth quarter and built its lead to 18 points on a Rudy Gay jumper with a bit over five minutes to play.
Charlotte never threatened the rest of the way.
Memphis plays in Minnesota on Wednesday...Charlotte wraps up its six-game road trip in Indiana on Wednesday...Memphis has won seven of its last eight games against the Bobcats...Memphis connected on 45.2 percent of its shots while Charlotte shot 40.8 percent.
03/18 00:48:39 ET