Grizzlies Get First Pre-Season Win Knocking Off Bobcats at FedExForum - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

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Grizzlies Get First Pre-Season Win Knocking Off Bobcats at FedExForum

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Rudy Gay scored 17 points, and Hakim

Warrick added 14 points and eight rebounds Friday night as Memphis

won its first preseason game with a 92-79 victory over the

Charlotte Bobcats.

Reserve Quinton Ross added 13 points for Memphis (1-2), while

rookie O.J. Mayo finished with 12 points on 5-of-17 shooting. Mike

Conley added 10 points.

"It was very important," Conley said of getting the first win.

"We're just so young. Even though it is preseason, to us, it's not

a preseason game. It's almost like regular season because we've got

guys competing and guys trying to get wins."

Jason Richardson led the Bobcats with 14 points, while Gerald

Wallace finished with 13. Andre Brown had 12 points and nine

rebounds for Charlotte (0-2).

Charlotte coach Larry Brown continued to bemoan his team's love

of jump shots over trying to get to the basket. But the long-range

shots weren't falling as the Bobcats were 3-of-16 from 3-point

range, part of a 40 percent shooting night from the field.

"We have to teach these jump shooters to dribble-drive and get

to the rim," Brown said.

Memphis led by as many as 17 points early in the second half and

was still up by 15 early in the fourth quarter. But Memphis stopped

running its offense, settling for jump shots and playing

one-on-one, and that allowed the Bobcats to pull within 85-79 with

just over 4 minutes left.

But Warrick dunked, Conley added a 3-pointer, and Memphis

rebuilt the lead to double digits as Charlotte didn't score the

rest of the way.

"Guys picked up the pressure, and we didn't give in," Gay said

of stopping the Bobcats' fourth-quarter rally.

Grizzlies center Darko Milicic, who missed the first two

preseason games with a back strain, started and had two points, and

rookie Darrell Arthur, the 27th overall pick in the draft, made his

first appearance after nursing a right hamstring strain. Arthur

finished with eight points and five rebounds in 16 minutes.

"I was kind of nervous starting out and got three fouls,"

Arthur said. "As the game went on, I got more confident. I was

just trying to get out there and play hard, do some things on the

glass."

Nazr Mohammed was a late scratch for Charlotte because of a

nagging left hamstring injury.

Charlotte, which was down 40-9 in the first quarter at Orlando

on Tuesday night, had a better start against Memphis, but trailed

25-20 after the first quarter, primarily because the Grizzlies ran

early and shot 69 percent.

"We have to create easy shots," Memphis coach Marc Iavaroni

said. "We're not a great shooting team right now, especially from

three. We have to find a way to get to the rim."

Memphis led 48-39 at halftime with Mayo and Gay scoring 12 each.

But both teams endured sloppy ball-handling with Charlotte

committing 13 turnovers and Memphis 12.

Memphis would end the night with 18 turnovers, but Charlotte

committed 24 miscues, leading to 29 Memphis points.

The Grizzlies opened the second half with eight straight points

to take a 17-point lead, their largest of the game.

Memphis used the advantage to carry a 77-66 lead into the fourth

quarter.

"We are not playing very fluid," said Charlotte forward Sean

May, who missed all of last season after microfracture surgery on

his right knee. "Emeka (Okafor) and I are still learning how to

play with each other. I am still learning how to play with

everyone. I am still dealing with trying to get into better shape

and doing things that I haven't done in a year.

"That's the good thing about preseason. A lot of players need

preseason."

  The Grizzlies get back into Pre-Season action Monday Night at FedExForum against the Indiana Pacers.

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