Grizzlies Win Barone's Debut

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Pau Gasol had 22 points and 11 rebounds, Mike Miller added 27 points, and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the short-handed Toronto Raptors 110-104 on Saturday night in the debut of interim coach Tony Barone. Memphis led by as many as 24 points, but had to withstand a late charge by Toronto to snap a five-game losing streak. Morris Peterson scored 11 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter, helping the Raptors pull within 106-104 when Jorge Garbajosa hit a 15-footer with 1:14 left. But Memphis hit four free throws in the final 13.5 seconds. Barone took over on an interim basis after Mike Fratello was fired Thursday.

Barone received a warm reception even when he came out of the tunnel before the game. The Grizzlies showed a level of intensity and enthusiasm unseen in recent weeks while they were losing 14 of 16 games. Chucky Atkins scored 16 for Memphis, while Stromile Swift had 15 points and 14 rebounds. Garbajosa had 15 points, while Rasho Nesterovic and Jose Calderon added 13 points apiece. The Raptors were without their two main offensive threats. Center Chris Bosh, Toronto's leading scorer and rebounder, missed his 12th game with a left knee injury. Meanwhile, guard T.J. Ford, the team's second-leading scorer and assist leader, was dressed, but did not play after spraining his ankle in Friday's 107-97 loss to Chicago.

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