Thursday , Mar , 09 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Gasol nets triple double as Grizzlies blast Sonics

Seattle, WA (Sports Network) – Pau Gasol dropped in 21 points, had 12 rebounds
and dished out 12 assists as the Memphis Grizzlies breezed past the Seattle
SuperSonics, 99-74, at KeyArena.

Jake Tsakalidis added 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the floor and ripped
down 15 boards for the Grizzlies, who have won four of their last five games.
Chucky Atkins and Bobby Jackson each donated 15 points in the win.

Ray Allen netted 18 points while Johan Petro scored 11 and had 10 rebounds for
the SuperSonics, who lost for the second time in their last three games.

Memphis led the entire way and shot 46.9 percent from the field for the
contest.

Gasol netted five straight points and Shane Battier followed with a jumper to
cap a 7-0 run that gave Memphis a 20-10 lead with just under two minutes to
play in the opening quarter. At the end of the period the Grizzlies were up
25-16.

Seattle put together a 7-0 run early in the second stanza to cut the deficit
down to three points at 27-24. The SuperSonics outscored the Grizzlies 21-19
in the second quarter as Memphis led 44-37 at the break.

Tsakalidis had 10 points and 10 rebounds over the opening 24 minutes, while
Gasol also netted 10 points in the first half.

Atkins and Mike Miller hit back-to-back jumpers for a 60-46 Memphis lead with
6:07 remaining in the third quarter. The Grizzlies closed out the frame with a
8-2 spurt to take a 75-56 advantage into the final quarter.

A running hook shot in the paint by Battier gave Memphis a commanding 22-point
lead at 86-64 with 7:41 remaining.

The Grizzlies outscored the SuperSonics 24-18 in the fourth quarter.

Game Notes

The Grizzlies won for just the third time (3-17) in 20 lifetime meetings at
Seattle…Miller finished with seven points, 10 rebounds and eight assists in
the win…Memphis outrebounded Seattle 51-36…Seattle’s Luke Ridnour netted
10 points and dished out six assists in the loss.

SEA MEM