Gasol propels Grizzlies to third straight win

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Pau Gasol was quick to adjust when the
Utah Jazz double-teamed him in the post.

Gasol had 15 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists to just miss a
triple-double, and keyed Memphis' third-quarter spurt with five
assists to help the Grizzlies to a 90-84 victory over the Jazz on

"We were trying to give a little help on Gasol, and when you do
that, something else has to give a little," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan
said. "They found shooters, made a few shots and we panicked."

Chucky Atkins added 20 points and three steals for Memphis,
which won its third straight despite shooting 39 percent.

Utah lost for the fourth time in its last five games.

The teams were tied at 74 with just under 7 minutes left, but
Memphis put together a 9-2 spurt -- capped by Atkins' 3-pointer from
the top of the key and a pair of free throws from Mike Miller -- to
make it 83-76 with 2:01 left.

Memphis led 86-78 with 43.7 seconds left, and a 3-pointer by
Andrei Kirilenko cut it to 87-84 with 17 seconds left, but the Jazz
could get no closer.

"I think we just started rushing at the end and putting up a
lot of jumpers," Kirilenko said. "They were getting rebounds and
playing 24 seconds of offense each possession."

Shane Battier scored 14 points for Memphis, and Eddie Jones had
13, but missed six of his eight shots from the field. Miller added
11 points, but was 3-of-12 from the field and hit only one of his
six shots from outside the arc.

All five Utah starters were in double figures, but the Jazz
managed only eight points off the bench, all from Devin Brown.
Carlos Boozer led the Jazz with 19 points, nine rebounds and five
assists. Mehmet Okur had 17 points and 13 rebounds, and Kirilenko
scored 16 points. Matt Harpring had 13 points and nine rebounds,
and Deron Williams finished with 11 points.

"It was a real good effort in the second half," Memphis coach
Mike Fratello said. "We had to find a way to win, a way to tough
it out. I thought Utah was great in the first half. They did
everything right. It was really a show by them, but we hung around
close enough to turn it around."

The Jazz concentrated on not letting Miller get free after the
Grizzlies' reserve scored 41 points Friday night against Denver.
Harpring and Kirilenko shadowed Miller throughout the first half.
Miller missed all three of his shots, contributing to Memphis
missing nine of its 10 shots outside the arc.

"They did a lot of concentrating on Mike, but they did a lot of
concentrating on Pau also," said Atkins, who scored 12 of his 20
points in the second half. "The first half, I had some good looks
and shot the ball straight, it just didn't go in.

"I knew the second half, I was going to get those same shots.
It was just up to me to concentrate and make the shots."

That helped the Grizzlies get untracked to open the second half,
hitting 10 of their first 17 shots in the third quarter. Memphis
erased the Utah lead with a 15-4 run midway through the period.
Jones' 3-pointer gave Memphis the lead, which he extended to 61-59
after a free throw.

"They just picked us apart a little bit," Harpring said of the
Grizzlies' third- quarter run. "Gasol got the ball in the post,
and when we went to double, he was finding the right guy on the
perimeter to knock down shots."

Game notes
Jazz G Deron Williams was coming off a career-high 28
points against the Hawks. ... Memphis G Bobby Jackson was back on
the active list after missing the past three games with strained
rib muscle. ... Despite the announced attendance of 14,116, the
crowd was sparse and quiet early due to the University of Memphis
game in the second round of the NCAA tournament. ... Kirilenko,
second in the league with almost three blocks a game, had three
rejections by halftime and finished with four blocks. ... Battier
and Jazz G Keith McLeod collided under the Utah basket with about
10 minutes left in the game. McLeod lay on the floor while Battier
went to the dressing room for stitches, the fourth time this season
the Grizzlies forward has required stitches. Battier returned late
in the game; McLeod didn't, although X-rays on the Utah reserve
were negative.


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