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.