Thursday , Nov , 04 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Memphis Grizzlies Team Report – November 4

=== Memphis Grizzlies Team Report – November 4 ===

(Sports Network) – The Grizzlies had a disappointing debut in their new
building on Wednesday night, falling 103-91 to the Washington Wizards at

Bonzi Wells netted a team-high 19 points for the Grizzlies, who are coming off
last season’s franchise-record 50 wins and first-ever postseason appearance.
Memphis, which also received 17 points and nine boards from Pau Gasol, has
dropped four straight season-openers.

Memphis owned a 52-44 lead at the half, but fell apart in the second half. In
the third quarter, the Grizzlies were outscored, 32-11. In the fourth,
Memphis got as close as eight, but never seriously threatened. Gasol scored in
the paint to complete a string of eight unanswered points to trim the lead to
85-77 with 5:29 to play.

Memphis lost an 18-point first-half lead in large part to 18 turnovers.

Memphis was without center Lorenzen Wright, who was handed a one-game
suspension by the NBA after he was ejected in a preseason victory over
Milwaukee for shoving his hand in the face of Bucks’ center Zaza Pachulia.

Memphis outscored Washington, 52-34, in the paint.

The Grizzlies have a day off before hosting Tracy McGrady, Yao Ming and the
Houston Rockets on Friday evening.