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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     MEMPHIS          27   20   14   20    81   
     UTAH             30   17   23   22    92      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   MEM - JAMES POSEY 18, LORENZEN WRIGHT 16, 
                      SHANE BATTIER 13
                UTH - GORDAN GIRICEK 25, ANDREI KIRILENKO 17, 
                      CARLOS ARROYO 14

HIGH REBOUND:   MEM - BO OUTLAW 6, LORENZEN WRIGHT 5, JAMES 
                      POSEY 5
                UTH - ANDREI KIRILENKO 11, MIKKI MOORE 10, TWO
                      PLAYERS WITH 9

HIGH ASSISTS:   MEM - EARL WATSON 12, JASON WILLIAMS 3, JAMES 
                      POSEY 3
                UTH - CARLOS ARROYO 7, GORDAN GIRICEK 4, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 2

         ATT:   19,991

Box Score

MEMPHIS (81) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp J Posey 33 6-15 4-4 1-5 3 6 18 S Swift 26 4-6 1-2 0-3 1 1 9 J Tsakalidis 17 1-2 0-0 0-1 1 1 2 J Williams 13 2-6 0-0 0-0 3 1 5 M Miller 24 1-6 2-2 1-3 1 6 5 S Battier 30 4-8 4-4 1-2 1 3 13 L Wright 27 5-9 6-9 2-5 0 3 16 T Smith 14 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 3 0 B Outlaw 23 1-4 0-0 0-6 1 2 2 E Watson 33 5-9 0-2 0-3 12 3 11 B Wells DNP - SORE BACK P Gasol DNP - RIGHT ARCH INJURY _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-65 17-23 5-29 23 29 81 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.446, FT-.739. 3-Point Goals: 6-15, .400 (J Posey 2-4, J Williams 1-4, M Miller 1-3, S Battier 1-2, E Watson 1-2). Team Rebounds: 6. Blocked Shots:6 (S Swift 2, B Outlaw, E Watson, T Smith, J Tsakalidis). Turnovers:16 (E Watson 4, S Swift 3, B Outlaw 2, S Battier 2, J Posey 2, J Williams, J Tsakalidis, M Miller). Steals: 11 (E Watson 3, J Williams 2, J Posey 2, B Outlaw, S Swift, J Tsakalidis, L Wright). UTAH (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp A Kirilenko 33 5-13 6-9 6-11 2 4 17 T Gugliotta 8 1-5 0-0 1-2 0 2 2 J Collins 27 0-0 7-8 3-9 1 3 7 C Arroyo 34 4-14 6-6 5-9 7 3 14 G Giricek 40 8-18 9-9 1-4 4 1 25 M Moore 33 5-10 3-3 5-10 1 3 13 A Pavlovic 11 1-4 0-0 0-1 0 2 2 G Ostertag 12 2-3 0-0 1-5 0 1 4 R Lopez 14 2-5 0-0 0-0 2 2 5 R Bell 19 1-5 0-0 0-3 0 3 2 M Ruffin 9 0-1 1-2 2-2 0 0 1 M Williams DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-78 32-37 24-56 17 24 92 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.372, FT-.865. 3-Point Goals: 2-10, .200 (A Kirilenko 1-2, C Arroyo 0-3, G Giricek 0-1, A Pavlovic 0-1, R Lopez 1-2, R Bell 0-1). Team Rebounds: 5. Blocked Shots:4 (M Moore, A Kirilenko, G Giricek, A Pavlovic). Turnovers:15 (M Moore 2, C Arroyo 2, R Bell 2, A Kirilenko 2, G Giricek 2, R Lopez 2, G Ostertag, J Collins, T Gugliotta). Steals: 5 (J Collins 2, M Moore, A Kirilenko, G Giricek). ------------------------------------------- MEMPHIS 27 20 14 20 - 81 UTAH 30 17 23 22 - 92 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Memphis - 3 (L Wright, 1:56 1st; J Williams (ejected), 0:15 2nd; J Posey (ejected), 2:40 4th). Utah - 1 (Defensive Three, 11:07 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,991. T: 2:11. Officials: James Capers, Joe Crawford, Phil Robinson.


Extended Box

MEMPHIS (81) AT UTAH (92) MEMPHIS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === J POSEY F 33 6-15 4-4 1 4 5 3 6 2 2 18 S SWIFT F 26 4-6 1-2 0 3 3 1 1 1 3 9 J TSAKALIDIS C 17 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 J WILLIAMS G 13 2-6 0-0 0 0 0 3 1 2 1 5 M MILLER G 24 1-6 2-2 1 2 3 1 6 0 1 5 S BATTIER 30 4-8 4-4 1 1 2 1 3 0 2 13 L WRIGHT 27 5-9 6-9 2 3 5 0 3 1 0 16 T SMITH 14 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 3 0 0 0 B OUTLAW 23 1-4 0-0 0 6 6 1 2 1 2 2 E WATSON 33 5-9 0-2 0 3 3 12 3 3 4 11 B WELLS DNP - SORE BACK P GASOL DNP - RIGHT ARCH INJURY TOTALS 240 29-65 17-23 5 24 29 23 29 11 16 81 (.446) (.739) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 16 (19 PTS) UTAH REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === A KIRILENKO F 33 5-13 6-9 6 5 11 2 4 1 2 17 T GUGLIOTTA F 8 1-5 0-0 1 1 2 0 2 0 1 2 J COLLINS C 27 0-0 7-8 3 6 9 1 3 2 1 7 C ARROYO G 34 4-14 6-6 5 4 9 7 3 0 2 14 G GIRICEK G 40 8-18 9-9 1 3 4 4 1 1 2 25 M MOORE 33 5-10 3-3 5 5 10 1 3 1 2 13 A PAVLOVIC 11 1-4 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 2 G OSTERTAG 12 2-3 0-0 1 4 5 0 1 0 1 4 R LOPEZ 14 2-5 0-0 0 0 0 2 2 0 2 5 R BELL 19 1-5 0-0 0 3 3 0 3 0 2 2 M RUFFIN 9 0-1 1-2 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 M WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 29-78 32-37 24 32 56 17 24 5 15 92 (.372) (.865) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 15 (20 PTS) MEMPHIS 27 20 14 20 - 81 UTAH 30 17 23 22 - 92 BLOCKED SHOTS: MEMPHIS - S SWIFT 2, B OUTLAW, E WATSON, T SMITH, J TSAKALIDIS. UTAH - M MOORE, A KIRILENKO, G GIRICEK, A PAVLOVIC. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MEMPHIS 6-15 (.400), J POSEY 2-4, J WILLIAMS 1- 4, M MILLER 1-3, S BATTIER 1-2, E WATSON 1-2. UTAH 2-10 (.200), A KIRILENKO 1- 2, C ARROYO 0-3, G GIRICEK 0-1, A PAVLOVIC 0-1, R LOPEZ 1-2, R BELL 0- 1. TECHNICAL FOULS: MEMPHIS - L WRIGHT, J WILLIAMS (EJECTED), J POSEY (EJECTED). UTAH - DEFENSIVE THREE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JAMES CAPERS, JOE CRAWFORD, PHIL ROBINSON. A - 19,991. T - 2:11.


Game Story

SALT LAKE CITY (Ticker) -- Gordan Giricek finally may have found a home. Giricek scored 25 points against the team that drafted him, leading the Utah Jazz to a pivotal 92-81 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies. The second-year swingman made 8-of-18 shots, reached double figures for the 11th time in 15 games and helped move the Jazz (41-37) a half-game ahead of the idle Denver Nuggets for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. "Here, I've found myself. I think all the guys have found themselves," Giricek said. "It's great to play for a coach like Jerry Sloan and his assistant coaches because they know what they're doing. As teammates, we all have respect for each other and we believe in each other on the court." Despite shooting just 37 percent (29-of-78) from the floor, the Jazz controlled the game from start to finish. They finished with a season-high 56 rebounds, including 24 on the offensive end. The Grizzlies, on the other hand, collected only five offensive boards and 29 overall. "What we're hot about, and I mean hot, is that we got outrebounded by 27 rebounds," Memphis coach Hubie Brown said. "We took (the Jazz) out of what they do well, but unfortunately for us, and give them all the credit, they're first in the league in offensive rebounding. They showed it tonight, because they were working." In addition to a strong showing from All-Star forward Andrei Kirilenko, who finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds, Utah got another major contribution off the bench from backup Mikki Moore - another player who was not on the Jazz roster at the beginning of the season. Moore earned his first double-double of the season, collecting 13 points and 10 boards. Originally signed to a 10-day contract in January, Moore has found a role with Utah, roster, and has been a big contributor as of late. Over the last seven games, he is averaging 10 points and 5.9 rebounds per contest. "This team is embracing me," Moore said. "The only thing they tell me to do is don't worry about mistakes, just go out there and play with energy. I think that's my role on this team, just to spark the team and try to get our defense working." The Grizzlies, who already have clinched their first playoff berth and currently sit fifth in the West, were at a disadvantage from the start. Coming off Sunday's road loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves, Memphis was without leading scorer Pau Gasol (foot) and Bonzi Wells (back). Even without their two of their top three scorers, the Grizzlies kept it close, but never could quite get over the hump. "This team is tough," Sloan said. "They just keep coming at you. By the time you think you've got something going, they come right back. Even though they were shorthanded, they kept playing hard. ... We had to make some plays to win the ballgame." The Grizzlies' growing frustration was clear. Point guard Jason Williams was ejected in the final seconds of the first half after arguing a foul call and nearly charging referee James Capers. Several teammates had to hold Williams back before escorting him to the locker room. Near the end of the fourth quarter, with the game already decided, James Posey kicked the ball into the stands after getting called for his sixth foul. He was assessed a technical foul. Posey was the Grizzlies' top offensive threat in the losing effort, scoring 18 points. Earl Watson, Williams' replacement at the point, added 11 points and 12 assists. The Jazz have four games remaining as they make their playoff push, including three against playoff teams. "Right now, we're still in the playoff race," Kirilenko said. "We might have a little bit better chance now than Denver or Portland."


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