Regular Season Series (Game 3 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

Grizzlies 110

(12-25, 2-16 away)

Warriors 108

(15-22, 10-9 home)

    Coverage: FSS

    7:30 PM ET, January 13, 2003

    ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    MEM 28 30 29 23110
    GS 31 25 25 27108

    Top Performers

    Mem: P. Gasol 23 Pts, 12 Reb, 3 Ast, 4 Blk

    GS: G. Arenas 31 Pts, 3 Reb, 8 Ast, 2 Stl

    Sura slips, Giricek makes open layup for win

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Gordan Giricek improvised in the final seconds, and his reward was the game-winning basket.

    Giricek made an open layup with 1 second left as the Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Golden State Warriors 110-108 Monday night for just their second road win of the season.

    Giricek scored 20 of his 22 points in the second half. Pau Gasol added 23 points and 12 rebounds for his fourth straight double-double, and Lorenzen Wright had a season-high 15 rebounds as the Grizzlies snapped a three-game losing streak and improved to 2-16 on the road.

    "That's just my game,'' said Giricek. "I couldn't catch the rhythm in the first half. I warmed up well for the second half, made my first shot and started believing in myself.''

    Gilbert Arenas scored a season-high 31 points to lead the Warriors, while Troy Murphy had 16 points and a career-high 20 rebounds. Antawn Jamison had 20 points.

    Murphy made one of two free throws to tie the game at 91-91 with 7:38 remaining, but Giricek hit two consecutive jumpers to help the Grizzlies regain the edge. Jamison tied the game at 108 on a driving layup with just over nine seconds remaining.

    "You could lose 25 pounds coaching this team,'' Memphis coach Hubie Brown said. "We've played so many close games on the road, only to lose in the final three minutes.''

    Jason Williams inbounded to Gasol, who found a wide-open Giricek under the basket for the winner. Giricek got free when Golden State's Bob Sura fell down.

    "I slipped on some rosin on the floor,'' said Sura, who scored a season-high 14 points. "It was a freak play. My man changed directions, and when I went to follow him, I slipped.''

    The play was originally drawn for Giricek to go to the corner and draw his defender away from the lane, but he made a quick adjustment when Sura fell.

    "It surprised me he was so open,'' Gasol said. "That wasn't supposed to be the play, but he was so open I just gave him the ball.''

    The Warriors inbounded the ball but couldn't get off a shot before time expired.

    The Grizzlies used a 12-1 run to take a 70-57 lead less than three minutes into the third quarter. The Warriors climbed back to 76-72 on Arenas' two free throws, but the Grizzlies rallied to take an 87-81 lead into the final period.

    "I'm disappointed in the way we came out in the third quarter,'' said Warriors coach Eric Musselman. "Giricek had six points in a matter of a minute and a half, and we got down by 13. A lot of people were leaving the building and we had a chance to win the game.''

    Memphis got a scare late in the second quarter when reserve point guard Brevin Knight blindly slammed into Erick Dampier, the Warriors' 265-pound center, and fell to the floor. Knight remained motionless for several moments and took several minutes before getting to his feet. He returned to the game midway through the third quarter.

    The Grizzlies used an alley-oop pass and layup from Williams to Drew Gooden with less than a second remaining to take a 58-56 halftime lead.

    "After they hit that last shot, they came out energized in the second half,'' said Arenas. "We couldn't respond. The third quarter killed us. That put us in a hole.''

    Game notes

    Gasol, Jason Richardson and Arenas are the top three scorers among the league's second year players. Murphy and Gasol are the top two rebounders among second-year players. ... The Warriors have used the same starting lineup in all 37 games this season, their longest such streak since the 1975-76 team used the same starters the first 48 games. ... The Grizzlies' other road victory was against Miami on Dec. 10. ... The Warriors had won five of their previous six at home. ... Murphy has 18 double-doubles in the past 28 games after getting three in his first 91 career games.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 110 108
    FGM-FGA 41-86 (.477) 37-92 (.402)
    3PM-3PA 2-6 (.333) 7-20 (.350)
    FTM-FTA 26-30 (.867) 27-36 (.750)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 14-49 24-54
    Assists 18 21
    Turnovers 17 13
    Steals 7 7
    Blocks 9 6
    Fast Break Points 7 10
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 26 (1/0) 26 (3/0)

    Top Performers

    Golden State
    Pau Gasol Gasol
    Points: 23
    Reb: 12
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 4
    Gilbert Arenas Arenas
    Points: 31
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 8
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0