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
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
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
"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