Grizzlies get defensive in pounding of Toronto
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – Damon Stoudamire scored 19 points, as the
Memphis Grizzlies continued their domination of the Toronto Raptors with a
92-66 victory at Air Canada Centre.
Eddie Jones tallied 18 points and Pau Gasol contributed 15 points and 10
rebounds for Memphis, which beat the Raptors for the sixth straight time.
Bobby Jackson added 12 points and eight assists for the Grizzlies, winners of
three straight and seven of nine games.
Chris Bosh had 15 points and Morris Peterson added 14 for Toronto, which
continued its worst start in franchise history by slipping to 1-15 this
season. Toronto’s only win came November 20 at home versus Miami.
The Raptors have lost six consecutive games since and Wednesday’s defeat was
especially ugly, as Toronto never led, shot just 34.7 percent from the field
and fell behind by 23 points at halftime.
Memphis scored the final 12 points of the opening quarter to lead 32-17. Jones
had the first six points of the spurt, which ended on Jackson’s jumper at the
end of the period.
A 12-4 push in the second quarter extended the Grizzlies to a 51-29 cushion
with 5:07 left in the half following a jumper from Stoudamire, and Memphis
held a commanding 58-35 cushion at the break.
Stoudamire’s three-point play capped 10 consecutive points from the Grizzlies
in the third quarter, as they extended to a 29-point margin. Memphis’ lead
stood at 73-49 going into the fourth, and the boos rained down from the Air
Canada Centre crowd at the end of the game.
The Grizzlies defeated Toronto by 30 points (104-74) in the Air Canada Centre
on April 6, 2005 to set a new franchise record for largest margin of victory
on the road…Memphis guard Mike miller missed the game. He’s nursing a
concussion and head laceration suffered Friday night against Houston when
he collided with the Rockets’ Ryan Bowen…The 66 points represents the fewest
the Raptors have ever scored against the Grizzlies…Toronto went 1-of-13
from three-point range, but has the longest current NBA streak with at least
one three at 548 straight games…Jackson played in his 500th career
game…Joey Graham scored 12 for Toronto…Memphis shot 50.7 percent,
including 7-of-13 from three-point range.