MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- New coach, same bad result.
Bill Berry gets a taste of Tim Floyd's frustration, losing his opener by 22 points to the 8-20 Grizzlies.
Bill Berry's debut as coach of the Chicago Bulls was not a
successful one Wednesday night as Pau Gasol shot 11-for-15 and
scored 27 points and Jason Williams added 21 points and 14 assists
as the Memphis Grizzlies beat Chicago 107-85. It was the Bulls'
15th consecutive road loss.
Though they pulled within nine points, 86-77, with nine minutes
left, the Bulls got no closer and allowed Memphis to control the
game from the beginning.
Berry, who took over after Tim Floyd resigned Monday, indicated
he doesn't expect to make big adjustments.
"We're not going to make any major changes because there's no
time to do that. There will be some subtle ones and I hope the
biggest change is we can win the dang games on the road," Berry
Floyd, who took over the Bulls in January 1999, left with a
Ron Artest said he and his teammates don't have to keep
wondering about Floyd's future. This loss was their seventh
"I think the team feels a sense of relief. He resigned, and we
wish him the best. We just have to move on," Artest said.
The Bulls managed to trim Memphis' lead to 86-77 with nine
minutes left when Kevin Ollie scored on a layup following a
turnover. But Memphis outscored Chicago 21-8 over the rest of the
Memphis held a 54-44 advantage at halftime.
Grizzlies coach Sidney Lowe said he was proud of his team's play
all night and especially in the final period when the Bulls kept
trying to get back in the game.
"We are being more patient and taking less bad shots," Lowe
said. "With 29 assists, it shows we are finding the open man and
Game notes Charles Oakley, who started 17 of the Bulls' first 24
games, missed his second consecutive game with tendinitis in his
right elbow. ... Battier is the only member of the Grizzlies to
have started every game. ... Artest, who has played in only three
games this season because of an injured finger, made his second
start of the season for the Bulls. ... Grizzlies' reserve point
guard Brevin Knight did not play after halftime because of a bruise
on his right leg. ... Williams and Gasol each had his eighth
double-double for the season.