MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - JaVale McGee, Washington's first-round
draft choice out of Nevada-Reno, had 20 points and eight rebounds
Wednesday night to lead the Wizards to a 89-80 preseason victory
over the Memphis Grizzlies.
McGee shot 8-for-12 from the field for Washington. Andray
Blatche scored 14 points and DerMarr Johnson had 11.
Rudy Gay scored 21 points on 5-for-19 shooting for Memphis,
winless in two games. Hakim Warrick added 16 points, but was
3-for-9 as the Grizzlies shot 35 percent on the night. Greg Buckner
finished with 11 for Memphis and rookie Marc Gasol had 10.
Meanwhile, O.J. Mayo, the third-overall pick from Southern Cal,
connected on 3-of-11 from the field for Memphis and finished with
The Wizards were without Brendan Haywood, who is awaiting
surgery on a torn ligament in his right wrist, and Antawn Jamison,
who left Tuesday night's loss to Dallas with a bruised right knee.
An MRI on Wednesday showed no further damage, and Jamison is
expected to be ready by the start of the regular season.
Starting forward Caron Butler also sat out after playing 24-plus
minutes against Dallas. Wizards officials said Butler was just
resting and had not suffered any injury.
Marko Jaric continued to nurse a broken nose for Memphis, while
Darko Milicic is suffering from a strained back, but an MRI on
Wednesday was negative.
After having only 12 turnovers in the preseason opener at
Houston on Tuesday night, the Grizzlies had 10 by halftime against
Washington. They also continued to struggle from the free-throw
line at 61 percent in the half. The Wizards managed 55 percent
before the break.
Washington led 43-35 at the half after both teams shooting under
The Wizards held a 69-59 lead after three periods, and Memphis
never got closer than seven the rest of the way.
The Grizzlies stay at home for their next pre-season game, Friday Night at FedExForum against the Charlotte Bobcats.