Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 12/1

Game 1: Sunday, December 1st
Game 2: Sunday, March 9th

Grizzlies 119


Raptors 106

(20-40, 12-19 home)

    6:00 PM ET, March 9, 2003

    Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON

    1 2 3 4 T
    MEM 30 25 29 35119
    TOR 25 23 32 26106

    Top Performers

    Mem: S. Swift 23 Pts, 13 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl, 3 Blk

    Tor: A. Williams 19 Pts, 9 Ast, 4 Stl

    Grizzlies win third straight behind 32 points by Gasol

    TORONTO (AP) -- A big game from Pau Gasol gave the Memphis Grizzlies another win.

    Pau Gasol

    Gasol tied a career-high with 32 points, and Stromile Swift had 23 points and 13 rebounds as the Grizzlies won their third straight, 119-106 over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday night.

    "We got a monster game from Swift and Gasol who were 24-for-34 between them,'' Memphis coach Hubie Brown said. "Our inside play from the two big guys was oustanding.''

    Jason Williams added 17 points and 12 assists for Grizzlies, who won consecutive road games for the first time since Jan. 10-12, 2001. The Grizzlies have been playing well since the All-Star break.

    "We are 8-6 since the break,'' Memphis coach Hubie Brown said. "We've been great since the break.''

    Toronto's Vince Carter, who had a season-high 43 points in Saturday's victory over Atlanta, went 10-for-24 from the field for 26 points. Carter appeared to be favoring his right knee, which has kept him out of 23 games this season.

    "We knew they were tired and Vince was hurting so we tried to go at him and run him up and down the court,'' Swift said.

    Memphis led by only two early in the fourth before going on an 11-0 run. After Mike Miller made a jumper, Mike Batiste saved a ball from going and out of bounds and passed to Shane Battier, who made a layup.

    Battier followed with a three-point play, Earl Watson made a jumper and Swift made a hook shot, giving Memphis a 97-84 lead with 8:07 left.

    Memphis has won three straight for the first time since winning four consecutive Dec. 8-13, 2002.

    Gasol said the team is proud of its record since the break.

    "We've beat New Jersey and Indiana at home. We're doing a good job. We're proud of ourselves. We just have to keep going,'' Gasol said.

    Gasol, who scored 32 points for the third time this season, shot 14-for-19 from the field. Swift went 10-for-15 for the Grizzlies, who shot 56.5 percent.

    Toronto's Antonio Davis, guarded by Gasol, went 5-for-13 from the field.

    Morris Peterson added 20 points for the Raptors.

    "Our defense wasn't at its best,'' Toronto's Jerome Williams said. "We were just totally out of sync.''

    Williams' 3-pointer, Swift's jumper and Gasol's alley-oop dunk gave Memphis a 13-point lead with 4:06 left in the third quarter.

    Toronto responded with a 11-2 run to cut the lead to four as Carter had six points and Peterson had five.

    After the Grizzlies' big fourth-quarter run, Toronto tried to come back. Toronto's Voshon Lenard made a 3-pointer and a jumper, but Brevin Knight made a jumper for Memphis and Gasol made a jumper and a tip-in, giving Memphis a 14-point lead -- their biggest of the game -- with 5:48 remaining.

    "I just shot very well,'' Gasol said. "I had a great percentage. I made a lot of outside shots which I don't usually try. I'm happy because that gives me a lot of confidence for the next game and the rest of the season.''

    Miller's 3-pointer made it 108-95 with 4:09 left, and Williams' off-balance jumper gave Memphis a 14-point lead with 2:08 left.

    The Grizzlies shot 58 percent from the field and led 55-48 at halftime. Gasol had 14 points and Swift had 10.

    Game notes

    Memphis center Lorenzen Wright has missed five games since his infant daughter died on March 1. ... Memphis outrebounded Toronto 43-33. ... The Grizzlies outscored the Raptors 54-38 in the paint. ... The Grizzlies came one point shy of matching the largest margin of victory in their eight-year history in Saturday's 115-89 rout of Cleveland.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 119 106
    FGM-FGA 52-92 (.565) 43-90 (.478)
    3PM-3PA 5-14 (.357) 6-18 (.333)
    FTM-FTA 10-12 (.833) 14-16 (.875)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 14-43 11-33
    Assists 29 25
    Turnovers 10 11
    Steals 8 8
    Blocks 5 7
    Fast Break Points 16 9
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (1/0) 15 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    Stromile Swift Swift
    Points: 23
    Reb: 13
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 3
    Alvin Williams Williams
    Points: 19
    Reb: 0
    Ast: 9
    Stl: 4
    Blk: 0