Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 12/26

Game 1: Wednesday, December 26th
Game 2: Saturday, January 26th

Bulls 85

(4-22, 0-15 away)

Grizzlies 107


    7:00 PM ET, December 26, 2001

    1 2 3 4 T
    CHI 19 25 24 1785
    MEM 30 24 29 24107

    Top Performers

    Chicago: R. Mercer 22 Pts, 5 Reb, 3 Ast

    Memphis: P. Gasol 27 Pts, 14 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 4 Blk

    Gasol, Williams take control as Grizzlies pound Bulls

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- New coach, same bad result.

    Bill Berry


    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 said.

    Floyd, who took over the Bulls in January 1999, left with a 49-190 record.

    Ron Artest said he and his teammates don't have to keep wondering about Floyd's future. This loss was their seventh straight overall.

    "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.

    Guard Trenton Hassell said the loss had nothing to do with Floyd leaving.

    "We have been down all year," Hassell said. "We've had bad luck, bad karma. It is really a lot more to it than coaching."

    Marcus Fizer said he would rather Floyd had stayed, "but I can't fault him for that."

    "It can't get anything but better," he said. "We're playing as hard as we can."

    Gasol also had 14 rebounds. Shane Battier added 21 points and Stromile Swift had 17 points and 12 rebounds.

    Ron Mercer led the Bulls with 22 points.

    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 game.

    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 being patient."

    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.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 85 107
    FGM-FGA 36-87 (.414) 39-84 (.464)
    3PM-3PA 3-7 (.429) 6-14 (.429)
    FTM-FTA 10-21 (.476) 23-30 (.767)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 13-41 15-53
    Assists 20 29
    Turnovers 12 13
    Steals 9 5
    Blocks 6 8
    Fast Break Points 4 6
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 27 (0/0) 14 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Ron Mercer Mercer
    Points: 22
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Pau Gasol Gasol
    Points: 27
    Reb: 14
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 4