Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/11

Game 1: Monday, November 11th
Game 2: Monday, December 16th
Game 3: Monday, January 13th
Game 4: Monday, February 3rd

Warriors 91

(8-16, 2-9 away)

Grizzlies 104


    7:00 PM ET, December 16, 2002

    1 2 3 4 T
    GS 23 25 27 1691
    MEM 29 26 23 26104

    Top Performers

    GS: G. Arenas 17 Pts, 7 Reb, 7 Ast, 5 Stl

    Mem: L. Wright 15 Pts, 12 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 3 Blk

    Person scores 11 of his 13 points in fourth quarter

    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.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 91 104
    FGM-FGA 35-90 (.389) 38-84 (.452)
    3PM-3PA 2-17 (.118) 10-24 (.417)
    FTM-FTA 19-24 (.792) 18-25 (.720)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 14-47 14-55
    Assists 18 30
    Turnovers 11 14
    Steals 8 5
    Blocks 3 10
    Fast Break Points 3 4
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (1/0) 19 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    Golden State
    Gilbert Arenas Arenas
    Points: 17
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 5
    Blk: 0
    Lorenzen Wright Wright
    Points: 15
    Reb: 12
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 3