MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Rudy Gay scored 29 points and Hakim
Warrick added 21, both matching their season highs, as the Memphis
Grizzlies won their third straight with a 103-96 victory over the
Chicago Bulls on Friday night.
Warrick's 12 points in the fourth quarter kept the Bulls at bay,
snapping Chicago's two-game winning streak. The win marked the
first time the Grizzlies won three straight under Marc Iavaroni, in
his second season as their coach.
The game featured the top two rookie scorers: O.J. Mayo of
Memphis with a 20.8 average, while Chicago's Derrick Rose, the No.
1 pick, was averaging 18.3. Both were kept under those numbers, as
Mayo scored 14 points and Rose finished with 12 points and a
season-high 11 assists in his return to Memphis, where he led the
Tigers to last season's NCAA championship game.
Darko Milicic had 13 points and 11 rebounds, while Marc Gasol
scored 11 for Memphis. Mike Conley had nine points, 10 rebounds and
seven assists for the Grizzlies.
Ben Gordon led the Bulls with 26 points, while Luol Deng had 19.
Larry Hughes matched Rose's 12 points, and Drew Gooden had 10
points and 10 rebounds.
The Bulls held an early 14-point lead, but a Memphis rally in
the third erased the advantage. Memphis weathered a sloppy first
part of the fourth, never relinquishing the lead. Warrick had six
straight points working the inside midway through the final period,
allowing Memphis to build a 95-85 lead with 4 minutes left.
The Grizzlies went with Milicic and Gasol, both 7-footers, up
front to try and match the physical presence of Aaron Gray and
The Bulls at one point in the first quarter were shooting 75
percent, hitting all but one of their seven 3-pointers in the
period and held a 14-point lead. Gordon had 18 points in the
stanza, but also picked up his third foul early in the second to
send him to the bench for the rest of the half.
That helped Memphis erase the Bulls' advantage by scoring the
first eight points of the period, hitting its first three shots.
Conley keyed the rally with eight of his nine points.
Chicago dealt with foul problems besides Gordon, as both Gooden
and his replacement, Joakim Noah, drew a couple of early ones.
But after Memphis erased the early Chicago advantage, the Bulls
started scoring again, hitting six of their next seven shots. That
helped Chicago carry a 54-52 lead into the dressing room at the
half, the Bulls connecting on 54 percent from the field, including
7-of-11 from outside the arc.
Mayo made consecutive baskets to build the lead to 73-68. That
was part of a 15-4 run that increased the Memphis margin to 81-70,
its biggest lead of the game, and the Grizzlies carried an 83-74
lead into the final period.
Notes: Rose has been announced in pregame introductions as being
from Chicago. However, Friday night, he was introduced as being out
of the "University of Memphis; former Tiger." None of Rose's
former teammates or Tigers coach John Calipari was able to attend
the game. They are in Washington, where they play Georgetown on
Saturday. Before the game, Mayo was given the award for Western
Conference rookie of the month for November. Rose won the award for
the Eastern Conference. ... The last time Memphis won three
straight was at the end of the 2006-07 season.