Tuesday , Mar , 21 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Grizzlies pound Pacers

Memphis, TN (Sports Network) – Pau Gasol led six Grizzlies in double figures
with 23 points while also pulling down eight rebounds and dishing out seven
assists, as Memphis routed Indiana, 105-75, at FedExForum.

Bobby Jackson and Shane Battier each tallied 14 points for Memphis, which won
its fourth straight contest. Chucky Atkins, Eddie Jones and Mike Miller sprang
for 11 points apiece in the win.

Anthony Johnson and Jeff Foster scored 15 points apiece to pace Indiana, which
shot just 35.4 percent from the field. Peja Stojakovic tallied 13 points and
pulled down 11 rebounds for the Pacers, who have lost two straight and three
of their last four games. David Harrison also scored 13 points and pulled down
11 rebounds in defeat.

Memphis used a dominating second quarter, outscoring the Pacers 28-14, to take
control of the game.

A 16-2 burst highlighted by a balanced inside-outside attack propelled the
Grizzlies to a 40-29 lead. Lorenzen Wright started the stretch with a layup
and Battier tallied four of the points. Wright’s layup with 5:20 remaining
capped the game-changing run.

Indiana trimmed the deficit to 42-36, but Memphis ran off eight straight
points to end the half. Miller converted a three-point play to trigger the
spurt and Gasol tipped in Miller’s miss with 19 ticks left to round out the
first-half scoring.

The Grizzlies put the game away during the third stanza, embarking on a 16-6
scoring stretch to extend their lead to 73-51. Gasol continued to be the
catalyst of Memphis’ offense with six points and three assists during the

Memphis led 84-60 after three periods and was never seriously threatened
during the fourth stanza.

Game Notes

Memphis is 6-1 in its last seven home games and is 23-10 at home…Indiana
dropped to 13-20 on the road…The Grizzlies shot 51.3 percent from the floor
and drained 9-of-20 from beyond the arc…Memphis made only 14-of-24 from the
charity stripe.