Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 11/21

Game 1: Friday, November 21st
Game 2: Tuesday, December 30th
Game 3: Friday, January 9th
Game 4: Thursday, March 18th

SuperSonics 97

(6-4, 2-3 home)

7:30 PM ET, November 21, 2003

Key Arena, Seattle, WA

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MEM 29 20 22 2798
SEA 27 29 23 1897

Top Performers

Memphis: J. Williams 28 Pts, 1 Reb, 3 Ast, 3 Stl

Seattle: R. Murray 26 Pts, 5 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl, 3 Blk

'Flip' Murray led Sonics' scoring

SEATTLE (AP) -- Jason Williams put the past behind him, just like the Memphis Grizzlies are doing this season.

Pau Gasol

Sonic Calvin Booth redirects a shot by Memphis' Pau Gasol.

Williams scored 28 points on 11-of-18 shooting, and his 3-pointer with 10.7 seconds to play helped the Grizzlies to a 98-97 win over the Seattle SuperSonics on Friday night.

Coming off a five-point, four-turnover performance Wednesday night against Detroit, Williams was spectacular in the second half at Seattle, scoring 24 points. He finished 6-of-10 from 3-point range.

"I want to play better in every game," Williams said. "If I score 30 one night, I want to try to score 30 again the next night. I'm always doing the best I can. I don't really take it personal or anything like that.

"Then I might come out and force some things, and that's not good for my team."

It was the first time the Grizzlies have won in Seattle in 16 tries. It also lifted Memphis to 6-5. While it's only November, it's the latest in the season the Vancouver-Memphis franchise has been above .500.

"We're happy with our progress," said Shane Battier, who scored 11. "We don't put much stock in the past. There's nothing we can do to change it, so we're just focused on playing a better brand of basketball."

Lorenzen Wright scored 16 and Mike Miller had 13 for the Grizzlies, who have won four of their last five -- also beating the Mavericks, Spurs and Lakers.

"We knew they were going to be good," said Seattle's Luke Ridnour. "We just let the game get away from us."

Ronald Murray led Seattle with 26 points, while Vladimir Radmanovic scored 23. Ridnour had 10 for the Sonics, who led 66-56 midway through the third and had things under control.

"We needed defensive stops," Seattle coach Nate McMillan said. "We made some fouls late in the game and bailed them out. We gave them 23 second-chance points. We need to execute when the game is on the line."

Williams had 11 points in the third, keeping the Grizzlies close. He came through again with 6:10 to play, getting a steal under Seattle's basket and then making another 3-pointer to give Memphis an 84-83 lead.

"He can turn the game around single-handed, as we saw tonight," Battier said.

Murray hit two free throws to put Seattle ahead 92-91 with 1:27 to go, but Williams swished an off-balance 3-pointer to give the Grizzlies a 94-92 lead with 1:17 on the clock.

Murray answered with a 22-footer, and things looked good for Seattle when the Grizzlies couldn't get a clean shot as the clock wound down at the other end and Wright's tip was off the mark.

But after a timeout, Murray's drive on the left side of the lane was blocked by Dahntay Jones, a rookie making his NBA debut after coming off the injured list earlier in the day.

Williams worked the clock, glancing at coach Hubie Brown for instructions, before draining his final 3-pointer with 10.7 seconds remaining.

"This is really the first team that played the pick-and-roll," Williams said. "They didn't really trap me to try to get the ball out of my hands. They were really going under sometimes. They didn't know what they were doing. I had open shots."

It wasn't over until a confusing ending.

Williams put Memphis ahead 97-94, and Wright added a free throw that mattered when Radmanovic swished a 3-pointer with 0.9 seconds on the clock.

The Grizzlies couldn't get an inbounds play started. Battier bounced the ball onto the court but nobody touched it until Murray ran it down and threw up a shot just after the horn sounded.

The clock never should have started. Officials met, then gave possession to the Sonics with 0.6 seconds left -- determining Seattle called timeout. Brent Barry inbounded to Rashard Lewis, whose one-handed toss wasn't close.

Game Notes: Jones, the 20th overall pick in the June draft, didn't play until eight minutes remained. He went scoreless on 0-for-3 shooting. ... Brown, upset with the foul calls in the first quarter, was assessed a technical after the period when he confronted official Marc Davis at halfcourt. ... McMillan got another early in the second half.

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Team Stat Comparison

Points 98 97
FGM-FGA 35-89 (.393) 37-81 (.457)
3PM-3PA 10-22 (.455) 7-21 (.333)
FTM-FTA 18-27 (.667) 16-25 (.640)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 13-41 14-45
Assists 19 21
Turnovers 13 14
Steals 9 5
Blocks 4 11
Fast Break Points 4 4
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (3/0) 24 (1/0)

Top Performers

Jason Williams Williams
Points: 28
Reb: 1
Ast: 3
Stl: 3
Blk: 0
Ronald Murray Murray
Points: 26
Reb: 5
Ast: 4
Stl: 1
Blk: 3