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After being punished all year, Memphis rips Utah

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The Memphis Grizzlies had enough of being
manhandled by the Utah Jazz.

Wesley Person scored 27 points and shot 6-for-10 from 3-point
range as the Grizzlies beat the Jazz 103-92 Monday night.

It was the fourth and last meeting of the Grizzlies and the Jazz
this season. Utah won the first three by an average of nearly 28
points.

''Basically, they owned us the last two or three games,'' said
Lorenzen Wright, who had 17 points and eight rebounds for Memphis.

If Jazz had won, it would have been Utah's sixth season sweep of
the Grizzlies over eight years, even though Memphis won three games
last season.

''(Coach) Hubie (Brown) wanted us to come out tonight and play
basketball the way we know we can and defeat this team because we
knew we could win,'' Wright said.

Utah leads the overall series between the teams 26-5. But the
Grizzlies gained control of this game early, as the Jazz hit only
29 percent from the field in the first quarter. The Grizzlies led
25-21 after the first quarter, but took a 48-42 halftime lead after
Person made a free throw with 23 seconds left.

''It is a pretty simply thing. They established who they wanted
to be in the beginning and we didn't,'' Utah coach Jerry Sloan
said. ''They knocked us off our offense and that pretty much sums
it up.''

Karl Malone scored 22 points to lead the Jazz, and Matt Harpring
added 21. John Stockton had 13 and Calbert Cheaney had 10.

The Grizzlies were without Mike Miller, who averaged 17 points
in his first two games after being traded from the Orlando Magic.
Miller had back spasms and sat out his first home game.

The Grizzlies went on a 12-2 run in the third quarter, capped by
Jason Williams' jumper with 3:42 left in the period to go ahead
70-54.

Memphis also led by 16 points, 90-74, at 5:48 of the final
period on a layup by Shane Battier, who had 12 points for the
night.

Pau Gasol had 18 points and Williams 15.

Three of Person's 3-pointers came in the final period.

''I got into a little rhythm,'' Person said. ''I have been
struggling a little bit, but tonight I found a good rhythm quick
and I just kept the flow going.''

Overall, the Jazz shot 40.7 percent from the field, while the
Grizzlies hit on 49.3 percent.

Malone said the Grizzlies played hard.

''They are building for the future. They are shooting well now
and that gives them confidence,'' Malone said.

Game notes
The Jazz began a four-game road trip. Out of its next 11
games, Utah will be on the road for nine of them. ... The
Grizzlies last defeated the Jazz 79-78 on March 11 last year in
Memphis. ... Memphis guard Michael Dickerson remained sidelined with an
abdominal strain. Dickerson missed most of last season and has seen
limited action this season because of injuries.

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