MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Maurice Evans, playing for the first time
in the preseason, scored 27 points to lead the Atlanta Hawks to a
111-96 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night.
Evans, who was nursing an injured left knee during the Hawks'
first three preseason games, connected on 8 of his 10 shots from
the field in 27 minutes to lead Atlanta.
Al Horford added 14 points for the Hawks. Rookie Jeff Teague
scored 13 and had four assists, while reserve center Courtney Sims,
a training camp invitee, added 12 points.
Zach Randolph had 18 points and eight rebounds for Memphis,
while Marc Gasol and Rudy Gay scored 13 each, although Gay was only
4-of-12 from the field.
DeMarre Carroll had 12 for Memphis, and O.J. Mayo contributed
Horford was the only Atlanta starter to play more than 20
minutes. It wasn't necessary for the regulars to play extended
minutes to dispatch the Grizzlies, who finished with 24 turnovers.
Atlanta led 71-51 at halftime behind 21 points from Evans, and a
terrible display of ballhandling by Memphis. Even a Memphis rally
to open the second half couldn't get cut the lead under double
The Hawks made 10 of their first 13 shots from the field and
Memphis kept pace, missing only four of its first 12.
The Hawks' percentage was understandable as Atlanta was easily
getting inside for uncontested layups and dunks. But Atlanta was
also hitting from the outside, connecting on all three of its
3-point attempts in the first quarter.
Both teams finished the quarter shooting well above 60 percent.
Memphis continued its recent trend of poor ballhandling, which
offset the Grizzlies' accurate shooting. By the midway point of the
second quarter, Memphis had committed 10 turnovers.
The miscues helped Atlanta build a 21-point lead in the second
quarter. And while both teams were still shooting about 60 percent
at halftime, Memphis had taken 10 fewer shots because of the
Memphis opened the second half with a 14-5 run. But despite
Memphis outscoring the Hawks 26-18 in the quarter, Atlanta still
led 89-77 entering the final period.
NOTES: The NBA on Wednesday handed down a $25,000 fine against
Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins for comments he made after Monday's
loss to Orlando. The technical reason for the fine was "improper
conduct towards game officials." Memphis G Allen Iverson, who has
not played in the preseason because of a partial tear in his left
hamstring, did not play, but G Mike Conley, who has a sprained
right ankle, and F Rudy Gay, dealing with a left calf contusion,
both started. Hawks C Zaza Pachulia did not dress because of a sore
hip. Atlanta G Mike Bibby drew a technical in the first quarter for
questioning a call and Mayo also got a tech in the third.