NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Lorenzen Wright sensed well before taking the
floor that his shooting struggles were about to end.
He was right.
Wright finished with a season-high 19 points and 11 rebounds to
help the Memphis Grizzlies earn a 98-91 victory over the New
Orleans Hornets on Monday night.
"I got up this morning and I felt pretty good," Wright said.
"I've been talking to a few people who've been telling me not to
hesitate -- just shoot it and take my shots in the offense."
Wright had been averaging about seven points. But he matched
Stromile Swift as Memphis' leading scorer against New Orleans, with
both making key baskets down the stretch.
"We got a great game from our two big men," Memphis coach Mike
Fratello said. "Lorenzen tonight was terrific. He scored and
rebounded for us, did a good job defensively. And `Stro' had a huge
second half for us (14 points, five rebounds) just when we needed
Jason Williams scored 14, including a 3-pointer that ended a
10-0 Hornets run in the fourth quarter, and Memphis held on to win
for the fourth time in five games.
Dan Dickau had 19 points, 12 assists and a career-high four
steals for New Orleans, which trimmed a 12-point deficit to four
late in the fourth quarter before Swift and Wright helped Memphis
Swift scored inside as he was fouled and Wright hit a baseline
jumper before Swift's dunk with about 1:30 left made it 92-83.
After the Hornets pulled to 92-89 on J.R. Smith's fast-break layup
with 25 seconds left, Williams made a pair of free throws and the
Grizzlies weren't threatened again.
Mike Miller, coming off two recent concussions, scored 13 points
for Memphis but sat out much of the second half after a couple of
"I don't think Mike was right after he fell," Fratello said.
"I was worried about Mike ... but Mike's not going to tell you ...
Mike always wants to play, so he's going to tell you he's doing
Memphis made nine 3-pointers and outscored New Orleans 27-9 on
"We continue to just hang in there with teams. ... It's just
the one thing that is separating us from those teams right now is
that killer instinct," Hornets coach Byron Scott said. "A lot of
teams have it and a lot of teams have to learn how to get it. Right
now we're learning."
Wright opened the fourth period with a couple of strong inside
baskets, followed by Swift's free throws, and a possession later
Memphis took its largest lead when Watson's third 3-pointer of the
game made it 82-68.
The Grizzlies needed that cushion, however, because they went
their next 10 possessions without a point. New Orleans, meanwhile,
went on a 10-0 run that included two putbacks and a leaner off the
glass by Andersen, pulling to 82-78 with a little more than 4:30 to
Williams then snapped the Grizzlies' scoring drought with his
second 3 of the game.
New Orleans took an early lead and led 37-30 after an 8-0 run
that ended when Nailon tossed up an alley-oop pass that Smith
slammed in with one hand.
Consecutive 3s by Miller and Watson fueled a 10-4 run that
helped Memphis get back within a point. But New Orleans maintained
a slim lead throughout the rest of the second quarter, with Rogers'
double-clutch jumper at the buzzer giving the Hornets a 46-43 lead
When Andersen made the second of two free throws in the
first quarter, he broke a streak of seven misses in a row from the
foul line. ... Memphis is 12-3 in January. ... After going his
first 119 games without a double-double, Dickau has three in his
last four games. ... Watson had a mild right shoulder sprain from a
collision as he ran into a screen.