Grizzlies hold on to down Raptors in Barone’s debut
Memphis, TN (Sports Network) – Mike Miller scored 27 points, Pau Gasol
scored 22 points and pulled down 11 rebounds and Tony Barone won his first
game as an NBA head coach as Memphis beat Toronto, 110-104.
The Grizzlies led by as much as 24 points in the first half, but saw the lead
dwindle to as little as two points late in the fourth quarter before pulling
out the win.
This was Barone’s first game as interim head coach after Mike Fratello was
fired Thursday. Memphis is now 7-24 on the season, and had lost five straight
and 14 of 16 coming into Saturday’s game.
Morris Peterson led the Raptors with 19 points, and Jorge Garbajosa scored 15
points for Toronto, which has lost three of four. Radoslav Nesterovic and Jose
Calderon scored 13 points each, and Nesterovic pulled down nine boards for
Toronto, which played without center Chris Bosh and guard T.J. Ford. Bosh,
Toronto’s leading scorer and rebounder, missed his 12th game with a knee
injury, and Ford sat with an ankle injury suffered in Friday’s 107-97 loss to
Chucky Atkins scored 16 points for the Grizzlies, and Stromile Swift scored 15
points and grabbed 14 boards.
Atkins hit a jumper with just under two minutes left to put the Grizzlies up
106-100, but the Raptors refused to give up. Fred Jones hit two free throws,
and a Garbajosa jumper brought Toronto to within 106-104 with 1:14 remaining.
That was as close as the Raptors would get, though, as two Gasol free throws
and two Atkins free throws sealed the win.
The Grizzlies led 86-78 entering the final 12 minutes.
Miller and the Grizzlies went off in the first quarter, as Miller scored 11
points to lead Memphis to a 39-18 advantage entering the second quarter.
The Grizzlies lead bulged to 44-20 early in the second, but Toronto trimmed
the lead to 64-50 by halftime.
Memphis hit 10-of-21 from behind the arc (47.6 percent) led by Miller’s 7-
of-12 performance…The Grizzlies won despite 22 turnovers. Toronto had 18