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Gasol, Wright score 18 each to pace Grizz

2/3/2004

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Memphis coach Hubie Brown wasn't pleased
with his team's play through three quarters. The Grizzlies redeemed
themselves in the fourth.

Pau Gasol and Lorenzen Wright each scored 18 points for the
Grizzlies, and Gasol keyed a fourth-quarter comeback as Memphis
beat the Golden State Warriors 106-101 Monday night.

"We were not very pretty for three quarters," Brown said. "We
had a ton of turnovers, and we were not guarding the way we can
guard. ... We finally started to defend in the fourth quarter and
held them to nine points for seven or eight minutes."

The Grizzlies shot 53 percent in the fourth quarter, while
holding Golden State to 28 percent and outrebounding the Warriors
17-8.

The win snapped Memphis' three-game losing streak and prevented
the Warriors, who led 82-78 after the third, from tying their
season high of four straight victories.

"Even though we shot a very good percentage through three
quarters, in the fourth quarter, we sputtered a little bit and
struggled to score," Golden State coach Eric Musselman said. "We
played three solid quarters of basketball, and in the fourth
quarter, we let it slip away."

Gasol, who was booed at times for his soft interior play, scored
eight points in the fourth, including four in the final minute to
protect the lead Memphis built with a 7-0 run midway through the
quarter. The Grizzlies' biggest lead was nine, 100-91 with 2:32
left.

The Warriors cut it to 102-100 on a 3-pointer by Speedy Claxton
with 32.6 seconds left, but couldn't get any closer. Gasol and
Bonzi Wells each hit two free throws in the final seconds to clinch
the win.

Cliff Robinson, who was whistled for fouling Gasol, didn't agree
with the call.

"That's the same defensive play I made earlier in the game, and
it wasn't called a foul," he said.

Reserve Shane Battier added 13 points for Memphis, while Earl
Watson came off the bench to score 11. Battier made a jumper with
6:28 left to give the Grizzlies the lead for good at 90-89.

Jason Richardson led the Warriors with 19 points and nine
rebounds, while Robinson finished with 17 points. Erick Dampier
controlled the middle with 15 points, 15 rebounds and a pair of
blocks. Reserve Brian Cardinal added 14 points.

Golden State shot 69 percent in the first quarter, but Memphis
missed only four shots in the second period and led 61-56 at the
half.

Both teams cooled off after the break, but nine points from
Richardson in the third and Dampier's control of the interior,
helped the Warriors take an 82-78 lead at the end of the third.

Game notes
Warriors F Mike Dunleavy missed the first game of his
career with a sprained left ankle. Dunleavy, who had started all 45
games this season, was injured in the third quarter of Friday's win
against Chicago. He had played in 127 consecutive games. ... Golden
State activated Van Exel prior to the game and placed F Troy Murphy
on the injured reserve list with a bone bruise to his right ankle.
Van Exel missed eight games with an inflamed left knee. ... Memphis
G Mike Miller returned to action after missing two games with back
spasms. ... Richardson's 41-footer from beyond midcourt at the half
was initially ruled good, but after further review, officials said
the ball did not leave his hands before the horn. ...The Grizzlies
topped 100 points for the first time after scoring in the 70s the
last three games. ...With 26 wins, Memphis is within two victories
of tying the franchise record of 28 last season.