Tuesday , Mar , 02 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Memphis Grizzlies Team Report – March 2

=== Memphis Grizzlies Team Report – March 2 ===

(Sports Network) – Lorenzen Wright hit the winning basket with 17 seconds
left to lift the Memphis Grizzlies to an 81-80 win over the Tim Duncan-less
San Antonio Spurs on Monday at SBC Center.

Wright, who finished with 12 points and six rebounds, put back his own miss,
helping the Grizzlies win their second straight and seventh in nine contests.
Earl Watson added 13 points off the bench, scoring seven during a key fourth-
quarter run, as Memphis beat the Spurs for only the third time in 26 tries.

With the Spurs leading 71-57 early in the fourth following a Manu Ginobili
three-pointer, the Grizzlies answered with a 19-3 run to take the lead, 76-74.
Watson, who scored seven points during the burst, capped the run with a trey
with 5:13 left to give Memphis its first lead of the game.

The Grizzlies continued to hold the lead until Bo Outlaw fouled Malik Rose
with 1:08 remaining. Rose responded by hitting both of his free throws to give
the Spurs an 80-79 edge.

Shane Battier then missed a baseline jumper with 54 seconds left, but after
the Spurs turned it over on a shot clock violation, Wright put back his own
miss with 19 seconds left to put Memphis on top for good, 81-80.

San Antonio had a chance for the win, but Rose’s driving attempt with two
seconds left went off the rim and Memphis corralled the board for the win.

The Grizzlies are off until Wednesday when they visit the Portland Trail
Blazers. Memphis is 1-2 against Portland this season, as the Grizzlies have
lost once at home and once on the road to the Blazers. Memphis’ lone win over
Portland was a 93-79 victory on December 7, 2003 at The Pyramid.

Wright is averaging 10 points and 6.5 rebounds in his last two games, while
Watson has averaged 9.5 points and 5.5 assists in that same span.