Regular Season Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series starts 12/6

Game 1: Friday, December 6th
Game 2: Sunday, December 22nd
Game 3: Wednesday, February 5th
Game 4: Monday, February 24th

Jazz 92


Grizzlies 103


    Coverage: FSRM

    7:00 PM ET, February 24, 2003

    1 2 3 4 T
    UTAH 21 21 21 2992
    MEM 25 23 25 30103

    Top Performers

    Utah: K. Malone 22 Pts, 5 Reb, 5 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 Blk

    Memphis: W. Person 27 Pts, 4 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl

    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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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 92 103
    FGM-FGA 33-81 (.407) 37-75 (.493)
    3PM-3PA 4-11 (.364) 10-21 (.476)
    FTM-FTA 22-29 (.759) 19-23 (.826)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 15-40 8-39
    Assists 24 26
    Turnovers 15 17
    Steals 8 10
    Blocks 4 10
    Fast Break Points 3 7
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (1/0) 23 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Karl Malone Malone
    Points: 22
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 1
    Wesley Person Person
    Points: 27
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0