20 March 2007
They don't give up
So much for the Grizzlies' haplessness: Memphis still seems to have a supply of hap. It was 30-30 after the first quarter, Mike Miller having dropped in 13 points on 5 of 7 shooting including three treys. At the half it was still tied, 61-61; Miller was still at 13, but Pau Gasol had zoomed up to 20. The Hornets finally opened it up in the third quarter, jumping out front 92-81, and ran the lead up to 20 points at one point. With 90 seconds left, Memphis had closed to within 9: "You're not good enough to take teams for granted," warned Gerry V. The final: Hornets 114, Grizzlies 103, and Miller was still at 13.
Much of the slack was taken up by Gasol, who finished with 28 points and 10 rebounds. The Griz shot an above-average 51.3 percent, and hit 17 of 19 free throws. But the Bees were better, shooting an unheard-of (for them) 60 percent, 50 percent from beyond the arc, and making 23 of 26 from the charity stripe.
David West led the Hornets with 26 points. Chris Paul had 23 (including 11 of 11 from the line), and dished up nine dimes. Tyson Chandler chalked up another double-double: 16 points, 11 boards. Byron Scott played only eight tonight Bobby Jackson was ailing and the three from the bench dropped in 30 points, half of which came from the resurgent Rasual Butler.
The next four games will be crucial: against the Lakers in New Orleans on Friday; against the Rockets at the Ford on Sunday, followed by the Mavericks on Tuesday; and then a trip to San Antonio.