7:00 PM ET, March 12, 2003
7:00 PM ET, March 12, 2003
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The Memphis Grizzlies tied the franchise record for victories with the most lopsided win in their history.
Stromile Swift collected his fifth straight double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds Wednesday night as the Grizzlies defeated the Chicago Bulls 124-95 to tie the franchise record of 23 victories.
The Grizzlies have won five straight, also tying a franchise record.
"We never even talk about records," Memphis coach Hubie Brown said. "We never even talk about streaks. We're not into that. If it happens, it happens."
Memphis, which has now won 23 games in each of the last three seasons, built a 14-point halftime lead, scored 74 first-half points -- another franchise record -- and coasted to the largest victory margin in Grizzlies' history.
Memphis extended its 14-point halftime lead to as many as 31 in the fourth quarter.
"The pace at halftime was pretty big," Brown said. "I think what happened in that third and fourth quarter, is we wore them down. They only scored 35 points in the second half."
Swift connected on all eight of his shots from the field and added three blocks as the Grizzlies shot 61 percent from the floor. The Memphis starters were a combined 37-of-54 from the field.
Swift, who is averaging almost 22 points and more than 11 rebounds in the past five games, downplayed his individual accomplishments.
"It's more the coaches bringing us together and making us believe," Swift said. "Everybody is not trying to be for himself. It's more about team.
"The team is just more together, and we feel like now we can go out and win every game. That's the way we're playing."
Chicago, which defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 116-99 Tuesday night, never came close after a 15-3 run by Memphis late in the first quarter.
"Of course, this loss was disappointing after our game (Tuesday night)," said Bulls coach Bill Cartwright. "... We have to be prepared. We have to follow our game plan, and it's got to start at the defensive end."
Memphis shot 67.4 percent in the first half to take a 74-60 lead at intermission. The Grizzlies would lead by 18, 98-80, entering the final period, then opened the fourth with 11 straight points.
"When we do have some success, we beat a hot team like Golden State. We beat an L.A. Laker team, then come back against the Clippers and come back against Memphis and we don't show up," Rose said. "That's just a testament to our inconsistency."
The Grizzlies' 41 first-quarter points were the most in any period for the franchise. ...The 74 first half points were the most points given up in a half by the Bulls this season. ...Chicago's 60 first-half points marked the third time the Bulls have scored 60 points in the first half this season. ...Grizzlies C Lorenzen Wright missed his seventh game due to the death of his 11-month-old daughter. ...The Grizzlies activated forward Ryan Humphrey prior to the game and put C Cezary Trybanski on the injured list with a bad knee. Humphrey, obtained in the Feb. 19 from Orlando entered the game in the first quarter, his first action for Memphis. He finished with four points. Mike Miller, the other player obtained from Orlando, sat out as back spasms, which have nagged him since the trade, acted up again. ... Curry scored at least 20 points for the fourth consecutive game. ...Jason Williams registered his 11th double-double of the season.
|FGM-FGA||37-79 (.468)||48-79 (.608)|
|3PM-3PA||4-12 (.333)||6-14 (.429)|
|FTM-FTA||17-24 (.708)||22-30 (.733)|
|Fast Break Points||4||8|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||27 (1/0)||21 (1/0)|