Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 12/5

Game 1: Friday, December 5th
Game 2: Wednesday, February 4th

Grizzlies 103


Wizards 101

(14-33, 10-14 home)

    Coverage: FSS

    7:00 PM ET, February 4, 2004

    Verizon Center, Washington, DC

    1 2 3 4 T
    MEM 26 24 21 32103
    WSH 29 25 30 17101

    Top Performers

    Mem: J. Posey 31 Pts, 4 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    WSH: L. Hughes 27 Pts, 7 Reb, 6 Ast, 4 Stl

    Gasol baskets put it away

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- James Posey scored a season-high 31 points, and Pau Gasol made two clutch baskets in the final 70 seconds Wednesday to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 103-101 victory over the Washington Wizards.

    With the score tied at 99, Gasol backed in on Kwame Brown to put the Grizzlies in front with 1:08 to play. After a Wizards turnover, Gasol made it a four-point lead on a 16-footer from the left wing with 26 seconds remaining.

    The victory gave Memphis coach Hubie Brown his 500th pro victory -- 396 in the NBA and 104 in the ABA. The Grizzlies won their 10th road game of the season, tying a franchise record. They also improved to 8-8 all-time against the Wizards, making the Washington the only team in the NBA without a winning record against them.

    The Grizzlies need one more victory to tie the franchise record of 28 set last season.

    The victory spoiled the return of point guard Gilbert Arenas, who energized the Wizards in a game played at a torrid pace from start to finish. Arenas, who missed 26 games in three stints on the injured list with a lower abdominal strain, was activated before the game and had six assists. He was a rusty 3-for-15 from the field and scored nine points.

    Larry Hughes scored 27 points to lead the Wizards, but he took only one shot in the fourth quarter. Jerry Stackhouse, in his second game back after missing 45 games recovering from knee surgery, scored 19.

    Much of the second half was one streak after another. The Wizards went 12-0 at the end of the third quarter to take a 13-point lead, but the Grizzlies answered with a 16-0 run to start the fourth. Later, a 7-0 Washington run cut the lead from nine to two, and Brendan Haywood tied the game on two free throws with 1:25 to play.

    Neither team led by more than seven in a run-and-gun first half. Posey scored nine points in 3{ minutes to start the second quarter, but Hughes scored nine of Washington's last 15 in the half as the Wizards held a 54-50 lead at the break.

    Game notes

    Stackhouse played the first quarter with his name misspelled on his jersey -- "Stackhuose" instead of Stackhouse -- before the Wizards got him a replacement from the locker room. ... Memphis guard Mike Miller had a recurrence of back spasms and did not play in the second half. ... Grizzlies center Jake Tsakalidis did not travel with the team because of the flu. ... The Wizards are 2-4 with one game remaining on their season-long seven-game homestand. ... There were 10 blocked shots in the first half, seven by the Grizzlies.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 103 101
    FGM-FGA 39-81 (.481) 36-85 (.424)
    3PM-3PA 8-16 (.500) 4-16 (.250)
    FTM-FTA 17-22 (.773) 25-32 (.781)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 12-42 17-45
    Assists 28 22
    Turnovers 19 18
    Steals 10 11
    Blocks 10 4
    Fast Break Points 15 11
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (1/0) 18 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    James Posey Posey
    Points: 31
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1
    Larry Hughes Hughes
    Points: 27
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 4
    Blk: 0