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Person scores 11 of his 13 points in fourth quarter

12/16/2002

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Wesley Person, the NBA's leading 3-point
shooter, didn't panic when he missed his first eight shots.

Instead, the nine-year veteran relied upon his experience to
snap out of the slump in the fourth quarter, scoring 11 of his 13
points to help the Memphis Grizzlies to a 104-91 victory over the
Golden State Warriors on Monday night.

"In the past, I would have let that get next to me," Person
said . "But in the fourth quarter, after being in the league for
nine years, I knew I was going to start making some shots.

"You need one to go in. After I got two in a row, then it
started getting a little easier. The main thing is to get one to go
in the hole, so you know you can still make one."

Person shot 4-of-6 in the fourth, including 3-of-5 from 3-point
range, as the Grizzlies won for the fifth time in six games.

The Warriors dropped their third straight, all on the road over
the last four days.

"They were offensively tougher than we played,'' said Warriors
forward Antawn Jamison. "...They played smarter. It is surprising
since we have been doing such a good job lately. We just weren't
together. That sums up the whole road trip."

The teams exchanged leads through the middle stages of the
fourth quarter, Golden State holding an 89-88 edge with just under
seven minutes to play after Chris Mills converted a three-point
play.

Memphis outscored the Warriors 16-2 the rest of the way, with
Golden State's only points coming on a pair of free throws by
Gilbert Arenas.

Six Grizzlies scored in double figures. Gordan Giricek and Pau
Gasol had 18 each, and Lorenzen Wright had 15 points and 12
rebounds. Drew Gooden finished with 13 -- all in the first half,
while Stromile Swift had 12.

Jamison led the Warriors with 19 points, and Arenas scored 17.

"To be able to hold them, when they shoot 39 percent, to 14
offensive boards was major," Memphis coach Hubie Brown said.
"When you hold them to 39 percent, there are a ton of rebounds
that they could go get."

Warriors coach Eric Musselman noted the Grizzlies' 55-47
rebounding advantage, but also his team's poor shooting from long
range.

"I don't know a team in the league that can shoot 2-of-17 from
the 3-point line and win a basketball game," he said.

Giricek's 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting, including both 3-point
attempts, helped Memphis build a 14-point lead midway through the
second period. But Golden State closed the half with a 12-5 run to
cut the lead to seven.

Memphis went cold to open the second half, missing seven of its
first eight shots and committing three turnovers in the first four
minutes.

Jamison scored eight points in the stretch, including a 10-foot
baseline jumper to give Golden State its first lead of the game,
60-58 with just under eight minutes to play in the third.

The Grizzlies, with another burst from Giricek and a couple of
dunks by Swift late in the quarter, led 78-75 lead heading into the
fourth.

"The way we play our offensive style, it's going to be somebody
different each night scoring," said Grizzlies point guard Jason
Williams, who had six points and 13 assists. "We just have to take
our time and get good shots."

Game notes
The Warriors have used the same starting lineup (Jamison,
Murphy, Dampier, Richardson and Arenas) in all 22 games this
season. ... Golden State's last visit to Memphis resulted in a
108-101 Warriors victory and led to the departure of coach Sidney
Lowe the next day. ... Jamison had scored 25-plus points in six of
his last seven games. ...Grizzlies point guard Brevin Knight missed
his fourth straight game with a sprained ankle. ...Memphis
outrebounded the Warriors, the league leaders in rebounding, 55-47.
...Warriors forward Danny Fortson did not see action because of an
eye infection. ...Golden State is second in the league in blocks
with almost seven per game, but managed only three in this game.
Memphis blocked 10, including four by reserve Shane Battier.