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Grizzlies tie franchise record of 23 wins

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."

Pau Gasol led Memphis with 27 points, while Shane Battier added
17 and Wesley Person had 16. Jason Williams finished with 11 points
and 13 assists.

Eddy Curry led the Bulls with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while
Donyell Marshall added 16 points. Tyson Chandler had 13 and Jay
Williams and Jalen Rose added 12 each.

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."

Game notes
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.

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