Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/8

Game 1: Saturday, November 8th
Game 2: Friday, January 2nd
Game 3: Friday, January 30th
Game 4: Monday, April 5th

Jazz 88


Grizzlies 100


    Coverage: KJZZ

    7:00 PM ET, January 2, 2004

    1 2 3 4 T
    UTAH 26 26 21 1588
    MEM 25 30 25 20100

    Top Performers

    UTAH: C. Arroyo 25 Pts, 3 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl

    Mem: B. Wells 21 Pts, 1 Reb, 6 Ast, 3 Stl

    Wells scores 21 off the bench

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Bonzi Wells is not only adapting to his new team, but to his new role as a reserve.

    Wells, traded from Portland to Memphis a month ago, scored 21 points and handed out six assists Friday night as the Memphis Grizzlies ended their seven-game losing streak with a 100-88 win over the Utah Jazz.

    Wells shot 8-of-16 from the field to lead six Grizzlies in double figures. He was a starter in Portland, but for now is satisfied with his reserve role.

    "I'll do whatever (Memphis coach Hubie Brown) wants me to do," Wells said. "...It's definitely a different role, but you know, Coach Brown is the coach. If he sees a starter in me, he'll start me. If he likes me coming off the bench, I'll just have to come off the bench with some firepower."

    Memphis, which had not won since Dec. 19, put the game away with a 13-2 run early in the fourth quarter. The Jazz never got within double digits the rest of the way.

    Utah, which has a a rebounding edge of almost six per game over its opponents, was beaten on the boards 43-39, including 18 offensive rebounds, and Jazz coach Jerry Sloan was displeased with the effort.

    "They put it to us, and we just started crying to the refs," Sloan said. "We were not running. We looked casual. We just stood around and got smacked.

    "They knew we were soft, but I didn't realize we were this soft. We need to grow up and stop crying to the refs whenever we get knocked around."

    James Posey added 13 for Memphis, while Lorenzen Wright finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Stromile Swift scored 11.

    Carlos Arroyo led Utah with 25 points, the second straight game he has led the Jazz in scoring. Matt Harpring scored 16, Raja Bell had 12, and Andrei Kirilenko finished with 11 points but was 4-of-12 from the field and missed all three of his second-half shots.

    "(Kirilenko) was ineffective because he was hanging out at the 3-point line all the time," Sloan said. "In the first half, he drove the ball to the basket, and in the second half, he would start driving and back out of it."

    The Grizzlies led 55-52 at halftime behind 12 points from Wells, all in the second quarter. Wells was the only Memphis player with more than six points in the half, but all 10 Grizzlies who played scored.

    Memphis maintained a five- to seven-point lead through much of the third quarter and carried a 80-73 lead into the final period.

    The Grizzlies extended the lead to 95-79 thanks to the 13-2 run early in the final quarter. At one point during the run, the Jazz went three minutes without scoring. The Grizzlies relied on their reserves, who were showing more effort than the most of the starters, to help produce a 33-10 edge in fast-break points.

    While Wells played 32 minutes and reserve point guard Earl Watson (10 points; nine assists) was on the floor for 29, starters Jason Williams and Mike Miller played 19 and 14 minutes, respectively.

    "We stayed with (the reserves) because this is the third straight game we came out shooting 2-of-14, 2-of-15, and (the starters) were tired," Brown said. "We rewarded the second unit, the guys who came in and had 20 deflections. The first unit in nine minutes had zero deflections.

    Game notes

    Wells returned to the lineup after missing a game from a concussion sustained against Indiana on Dec. 29. ... Wells' temper surfaced in the second quarter as he drew a technical for arguing an offensive foul call. It was his second technical since joining Memphis. ... Greg Ostertag, who had missed two of the last three games with a strained left knee, was back in the Jazz starting lineup. ...Paul Grant, the 7-foot center signed Thursday by the Jazz, played six minutes and scored two points. ...Wright recorded his fourth double-double of the season. ... Ostertag tied his season high with six blocks.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 88 100
    FGM-FGA 35-76 (.461) 39-87 (.448)
    3PM-3PA 5-15 (.333) 6-15 (.400)
    FTM-FTA 13-15 (.867) 16-19 (.842)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 13-39 18-43
    Assists 20 26
    Turnovers 20 13
    Steals 7 12
    Blocks 9 6
    Fast Break Points 3 12
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (1/0) 21 (2/0)

    Top Performers

    Carlos Arroyo Arroyo
    Points: 25
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Bonzi Wells Wells
    Points: 21
    Reb: 1
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0