Memphis Grizzlies Team Report – November 20
=== Memphis Grizzlies Team Report – November 20 ===
(Sports Network) – The Memphis Grizzlies had their three-game winning streak
halted on Wednesday, as they fell to the Detroit Pistons, 99-92, at The
Mike Miller and Lorenzen Wright each scored 18 points in the losing effort for
Memphis, which had a three-game win streak come to an end. Pau Gasol had 13
points and 12 boards in the loss.
While Detroit was coming off a hard-fought victory over the Lakers on Tuesday,
Memphis was extremely well rested. The Grizzlies had not played since an
overtime victory against Dallas on Saturday.
The Pistons trailed by three at the break, but it was Memphis that seemed to
lose steam in the second half. Detroit used a 17-1 burst that lasted over
seven minutes to take a commanding lead. Chauncey Billups exploded for 10
points during the spurt and his reverse lay-in with 5:39 left in the third
made it 68-55.
Billups ended with 14 points in the period, hitting all four of his field-goal
attempts, including 2-for-2 from behind the arc. The explosive point guard
also hit all four of his free throws in the stanza, helping the Pistons take a
77-67 advantage into the final period.
Memphis hit just 5-of-21 shots from the floor during the disastrous 12 minutes
that saw them get outscored by a 28-15 margin.
The Grizzlies continued to struggle against the Pistons. They have lost all
five meetings between the teams since moving from Vancouver to Memphis prior
to the 2001-02 season.
Memphis begins a three-game road trip on Friday evening, as they travel to
KeyAren to face the Seattle SuperSonics.