Gasol scored 26 points to lead to the Grizzlies to 104-74
victory over the Raptors on Wednesday night.
Memphis' 30-point margin of victory was a team record for a road
game. The Grizzlies never trailed and led by as many as 37 points,
one night after losing to Denver.
"To come in here and win by 30 is huge after pretty much
everyone in the NBA thought were disqualified after losing to
Denver," Shane Battier said.
Bonzi Wells added 21 points for the Grizzlies, who outscored the
Raptors 52-30 in the paint, 17-3 on the fastbreak and built a 49-30
The Grizzlies, who dropped a 94-91 decision to the Nuggets on
Wednesday, had lost four of their previous six games, and needed
the victory because seven of their last eight games are against
potential playoff teams -- including two games against both Dallas
and San Antonio.
"It was a must win for us, especially after the loss we had
last night," Gasol said. "We have so many tough games coming up,
Miami and then we go on the road against all of those teams in
Texas. It was a must win."
Jalen Rose scored 19 points for the Raptors, who absorbed their
worst loss of the season, surpassing a 21-point loss to Orlando on
Toronto, which scored a season low 74 points, looked
disinterested from the start, and fans booed the Raptors as they
left the court at halftime.
"We gave up," Chris Bosh said. "I'd like to win while we
still have a chance. But it's hard to say if anybody is with me."
Toronto coach Sam Mitchell said he played Bosh 47 minutes
because he wanted to teach him a lesson.
"You learn more by staying out there and getting embarrassed,"
Bosh said he was told he wasn't coming out.
"I think the coaches were seeing if I had any quit in me. I
don't have any quit in me," Bosh said. "I'm just concerned about
if we're going to play night in and night out. That's something a
player should never have to think twice about."
The second-year forward called the loss the low point of the
"I know one day in the future I'll be The Man here. I just have
to make sure I stay mentally tough," Bosh said. "Situations like
this are embarrassing for me. I'll make sure it never happens
Bosh scored 15 points on 6-for-20 shooting.
Memphis led 60-32 at halftime. The 32 points was the lowest
total in a half by the Raptors this season.
Memphis went on a 16-0 run in the second quarter as Toronto went
more than five minutes without scoring. Wells scored six straight
points at the start of the outburst.
Memphis scored as many points in the first quarter as Toronto
scored in the first half.
"There's no need for finger pointing. We've been pointing
fingers all season," Bosh said.
The Grizzles had their largest margin of victory this
season, topping their 29-point win over Golden State on Nov. 12.
... The Raptors had a team-record 46-point loss to the New York
Knicks on April, 8, 1996. ... Toronto's Donyell Marshall left the
game in the second quarter with a strained right Achilles' tendon
and did not return. Marshall entered the game averaging 11.6 points
and 6.6 rebounds. He made just his second start of the season ...
Toronto's reserves didn't score in the first half despite playing
42 minutes. ... The Grizzlies shot 21-for-22 from the line, one
night after shooting 19-for-29. ... Memphis guard James Posey
missed his sixth straight game with a bruised right hip.