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Carrie Anderson

Grizzlies Beat the Heat

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Rudy Gay scored 22 points and Stromile

Swift added 16 as the Memphis Grizzlies beat the short-handed Miami

Heat 104-98 on Saturday night.

Gay made all six shots from the field, five of them from outside

the arc. Mike Miller and Juan Carlos Navarro scored 11 apiece for

Memphis, though the two long-range shooters were a combined 7-of-22

from the field.

Brian Chase, the rookie from Virginia Tech, led the depleted

Heat with 19 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the field. Jeremy

Richardson scored 15, while Jason Williams finished with 11, the

only Miami starter in double figures.

Miami is winless in six preseason games.

The game was an opportunity for players on the bubble to get

extended playing time because of injuries to top players on both

teams. Shaquille O'Neal, Dwyane Wade and Alonzo Mourning were among

five Heat players who didn't travel. Smush Parker traveled but had

flu-like symptoms, while Antoine Walker was available, but never

got in the game.

Miami coach Pat Riley made a conscious effort to give minutes to

younger players, such as rookie Joel Anthony with 30 minutes, Chase

with 28 and Richardson with 27.

Meanwhile, the Grizzlies were without leading scorer and

rebounder Pau Gasol, who is recovering from a left ankle sprain

that will keep him out at least two games.

Memphis, which never trailed in the game, carried a 61-52 lead


Swift worked around the rim in the early going, scoring 13 of

his 14 first-half points in the opening quarter. Gay also had 14

points in the half for the Grizzlies.

Despite the younger lineup, Miami still managed to shoot 50

percent in the half. The Heat cut the lead to 66-65 midway through

the third period, but Memphis extended the advantage to 84-75

entering the fourth.

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