Grizzlies go for fourth straight win vs. Toronto
(Sports Network) – The Memphis Grizzlies take aim at their fourth straight win
this evening when they wrap up a brief two-game homestand versus the Toronto
Raptors at the FedExForum.
On Wednesday, Pau Gasol had 24 points to lead Memphis to an 84-78 victory over
the Sacramento Kings. Chucky Atkins added 17 points and Eddie Jones had 13
points and seven rebounds for the Grizzlies, who had lost five in a row prior
to their winning streak.
Shane Battier gave Memphis the lead for good, 80-78, with a three-pointer
with 4:34 remaining, but neither team scored again until there were 13.9
Kenny Thomas had a chance to tie the game with 21 seconds left, but dribbled
the ball off his foot under the basket. Jones then hit two free throws, and
Ron Artest and Mike Bibby both missed three-point attempts in the closing
Atkins, who had blocked a Bibby shot with 53 seconds left, hit two foul shots
for the final margin.
Battier finished with 10 points, as the Grizzlies shot 44.6 percent.
Memphis, which will visit Dallas on Thursday, is 16-8 in its arena this
Toronto, meanwhile, comes in on a sour note after falling to the hapless New
York Knicks, 98-96, on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden. Chris Bosh had 25
points and seven boards for the Raptors, who had a three- game winning streak
come to a halt.
Mike James was clutch down the stretch for the Raptors, scoring six of the
team’s final nine points, but his three-point try as time expired was off the
Toronto, which is in the midst of a five-game road trip, is 10-17 away from
home this season.
Memphis defeated the Raptors earlier in the season and has won six straight
and seven of the last eight meetings. Toronto, though, has dropped five of
eight as the road team in this series.