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Grizzlies Win Home Pre-Season Opener

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Sam Young scored 15 of his 22 points in

the fourth quarter to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 99-91 victory

over the Oklahoma City Thunder in preseason action Wednesday night.

Rudy Gay added 18 for Memphis, while Marc Gasol and O.J. Mayo

finished with 10 apiece.

Young, a rookie from Pittsburgh, went 4 of 7 from the field and

hit 13 of his 16 free throws in just under 20 minutes.

"As you can see, I'm starting to get more comfortable with the

system," Young said after only his second preseason game. "I just

need to pick up what coach (Lionel) Hollins is telling me as a

whole. I need to learn the plays and make sure I execute the plays


Kevin Durant scored 17 for the Oklahoma City, which was playing

its preseason opener. D.J. White had 16 for the Thunder, and rookie

James Harden finished with 12. Nenad Krstic and Shaun Livingston

contributed 10 apiece.

"This was the first game of the preseason," Durant said.

"Guys got the jitters off; the butterflies out. I think we played

together. We moved the ball, but we had some tough stretches of

turning the ball over or not running (the offense).

"I think (the game) was a step forward."

The Grizzlies announced before the game that guard Allen Iverson

could miss up to three weeks after an MRI on Wednesday revealed a

partial tear of his left hamstring. The injury could jeopardize

Iverson's availability for the Oct. 28 season opener against the

Detroit Pistons.

"For Allen to go down is really tough on the team, but he's

been there for us," point guard Mike Conley said. "He's in here

every day trying to get us ready to go."

The teams were tied at 80 with just under 8 minutes left before

Memphis went on an 11-3 run to put away the game. Young's steal and

dunk made it 91-83.

"I just went out and tried to make the best of my situation,"

Young said. "Knowing that Allen was hurt didn't change my demeanor

one bit. When I get the opportunity, I will showcase my talent."

Both teams played their starters about 10 minutes in the first

quarter and let most of them close out the first half. Between

those stints, reserves tried to show their value to the teams.

At one point in the second quarter, Oklahoma City's rookies,

Harden of Arizona State and B.J. Mullens of Ohio State, were on the

floor with the Thunder's core of Durant, Jeff Green and Russell


"Overall, I think I did some pretty good things out there,"

Harden said. "I tried to help my team out on the defensive end,

but I've still got a long way to go."

The Grizzlies, who had 26 assists in Tuesday's loss to the

Washington Wizards, weren't passing the ball nearly as much,

recording only five assists in the first half. They finished with


  The Grizzlies head to Dallas for their 3rd Pre-Season Game Sunday against Dirk Nowitzke and the Mavericks.

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