Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 11/30

Game 1: Friday, November 30th
Game 2: Tuesday, February 12th
Game 3: Friday, April 5th
Game 4: Sunday, April 14th

Rockets 85


Grizzlies 102


    Coverage: KTXH

    7:00 PM ET, November 30, 2001

    1 2 3 4 T
    HOU 22 19 17 2785
    MEM 21 20 34 27102

    Top Performers

    Hou: W. Williams 15 Pts, 7 Reb, 2 Ast

    Mem: J. Williams 38 Pts, 6 Reb, 11 Ast, 4 Stl

    Williams shoots way to career-high 38

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Jason Williams came out of the dressing room after halftime shooting the ball.

    And hitting.

    Jason Williams


    Memphis guard Jason Williams had a career-high 38 points on Friday.

    Williams ignited a third-quarter rally and scored a career-high 38 points Friday night to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 102-85 victory over the Houston Rockets.

    Williams scored 18 points in the third, shooting 7-of-9 from the field, including 4-for-4 from 3-point range. He finished 16-of-28 from the field, including 6-of-13 from long range. He also had 11 assists.

    "I was taking open shots when I had them, and I knocked them down," Williams said.

    "We were looking for him to score more, but we were not expecting him to score 38," Memphis coach Sidney Lowe said. "But we will take it every night."

    The win, the Grizzlies third of the season, all at home, was the first blowout for Memphis. Houston, meanwhile, lost its fourth in a row.

    The Rockets played without either of their starting guards, Steve Francis and Cuttino Mobley, who did not play because of injuries.

    Williams led four Memphis starters in double figures. Shane Battier added 18, while Pau Gasol finished with 17. Lorenzen Wright scored 10 and grabbed nine rebounds.

    "We tried to get the ball out of his hands," Houston coach Rudy Tomjanovich said of Williams. "Whenever we missed a shot, he would sting us for another two or three points. We'd try to double Jason and then someone else stepped up and made shots."

    Walt Williams led the Rockets with 15 off the bench, while Kevin Willis and Kenny Thomas added 14 each. Tierre Brown finished with 12.

    The teams were tied at 41 at the half as Williams scored 13 points for the Grizzlies before the break, while handing out six assists and committing one turnover.

    Williams' steal and drive with less than a second left in the second period sent the teams to the dressing room deadlocked.

    Thomas led the Rockets during the first half with 10 points.

    Williams remained hot to open the second half, scoring 15 points in the first seven-plus minutes of the third as Memphis opened a 65-54 lead.

    Eventually, Grizzlies built the advantage to 75-58 after three.

    "When someone gets going like that, you try to change the defense to slow him down," Willis said of Williams' shooting. "When he is in a groove, there is no answer."

    Houston whittled away at the Grizzlies lead in the early part of the fourth, but never got it below double digits.

    "Our defense picked up in the second half, and we ended up holding (Houston) to 40-percent shooting," Lowe said. "They are a team that certainly has a lot of players that can put points on the board and our guys really got to the ball."

    Game notes
    Mobley did not play because of a sprained left ankle. ... Francis was sidelined with a ruptured plantar fascia on his left foot. ... With Mobley and Francis, the Rockets' leading scorer and second-leading rebounder, out, the Rockets lost an average of 38 points, 13 rebounds and almost nine assists. ... Houston is 3-7 all-time when Francis does not play. ... Stromile Swift, the Grizzlies' second-leading rebounder, missed his fifth consecutive game with a hyperextended elbow. ... Battier, who was 7-of-13 from the field, has hit 34 of 60 shots in the last five games, including 9-of-15 from 3-point range. ... Williams scored 28 against Milwaukee in 1999 when he was with Sacramento.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 85 102
    FGM-FGA 31-72 (.431) 44-89 (.494)
    3PM-3PA 4-13 (.308) 11-20 (.550)
    FTM-FTA 19-26 (.731) 3-4 (.750)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-41 10-40
    Assists 17 24
    Turnovers 18 11
    Steals 4 11
    Blocks 4 10
    Fast Break Points 5 20
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 16 (0/0) 23 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Walt Williams Williams
    Points: 15
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Jason Williams Williams
    Points: 38
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 11
    Stl: 4
    Blk: 0