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Grizz win season-high six in a row

1/22/2004

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The Memphis Grizzlies' victory over Los
Angeles was no snap Wednesday night just because the Lakers were
missing three of their stars.

"You always have in the back of your mind that they can sneak
up and bite you," Grizzlies center Lorenzen Wright said. "Those
guys who don't play a lot, they're going to come out and play with
a whole lot of energy. We had to match their intensity."

Memphis won 88-82, with the Lakers setting seasons lows for
points and shooting percentage (35 percent).

Los Angeles, playing without the injured Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe
Bryant and Karl Malone, has lost three of its last four games.

"Until all of our guys get back, we can't do anything. We just
have to keep playing hard," said Gary Payton, who led Los Angeles
with 24 points.

The Lakers kept the Grizzlies in check in the early going, and
Memphis did not begin moving ahead until late in the third quarter.

Memphis came to the game ranked third in offensive rebounds, but
the Lakers scored 16 second-chance points while Memphis had five.

"They don't have Shaq or Karl Malone in there and we only have
a few rebounds. That stat jumps out at you as a coach," Memphis
coach Hubie Brown said.

Overall, the Lakers held a 53-44 advantage in rebounds and a
15-6 lead in offensive boards.

Memphis got 17 points and 10 assists from Jason Williams and was
led by Mike Miller with 18 points. Pau Gasol added 17 points, but
was 3-for-12 from the line.

The Grizzlies have won six straight, and improved to 3-3 against
the Lakers in Memphis.

Los Angeles led 46-40 at the half, but the Grizzlies scored the
last 10 points of the third quarter, capped by Bonzi Wells'
3-pointer from the corner, to take a 69-62 lead into the final
period.

"They dictated the tempo in the first half. You know we weren't
playing our style of basketball," Memphis' James Posey said. "In
the second half ... we got out and got out on a break and got some
deflections, some steals and some rebounds ... Then we were playing
our style of basketball."

Game notes
Lakers rookie C Brian Cook had his first start of the
season. Cook, from Illinois, missed the first 25 games following
surgery on his left ring finger. ... Los Angeles leads the series
30-4. ... The Lakers' 36 first-half rebounds are the most by a
Grizzlies' opponent. ... Memphis is 15-1 when leading entering the
final period. ... The Grizzlies are 23-18 overall. They won a
franchise-record 28 games last season.