MEMPHIS, Tenn., Dec. 1 (Ticker) -- Alvin Williams
gave the Toronto
Raptors the lead, then made sure they never let it go.
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Williams had a layup, two free throws and a key rebound in the
final 38 seconds, lifting the Raptors to a 92-87 victory over
the Memphis Grizzlies.
scored 27 points for Toronto, which led for less
than a minute over the final three quarters but nevertheless
improved to 2-0 on their four-game road trip.
"It was real big for us to pull it out," Williams said. "We
just really dug down in the fourth quarter, even when they were
making runs. We did a good job of keeping our composure and
making plays at the end."
Williams finished with 20 points, eight assists and seven
rebounds. He had a breakaway layup during an 8-0 spurt that
pulled the Raptors within a point with 3:40 remaining, then took
charge in the last minute.
The 6-4 guard went all the way for a layup and an 88-87 lead
with 38 seconds to play.
"Alvin has always been that Energizer Bunny for us," Raptors
center Antonio Davis
said. "I really feel that if we kick the
ball to him, he'll make something happen. Luckily, this time he
got the ball when he was a little bit ahead of the pack. And
when it comes to chasing somebody down, I don't think nobody in
this league can chase that guy down."
Davis blocked a sweeping drive by Pau Gasol
, leading to two free
throws by Williams with 15 seconds remaining.
"(The block) was everything, everything we had fought for to get
to that point," Williams said. "If they would've scored, the
game would've been over. But he made that big block."
The Grizzlies had a chance to tie, but Wesley Person
three-pointer from the right corner. The long rebound went to
Williams, who lobbed a pass to Carter for a breakaway dunk that
sealed the win.
"They (Raptors) made all the big plays and that's what you've
got to have," Raptors coach Lenny Wilkens said. "I told them,
`If we don't quit, we'll make good things happen.'"
Davis had 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Raptors, who have
won consecutive games for just the second time this season.
They have taken five of the last six meetings with the
scored 14 points for Memphis, which had won two in
a row following a season-opening 13-game losing streak.
"Today was just one of those days when the energy is there and
then it's not," said Memphis coach Hubie Brown, who fell to 2-6
since replacing Sidney Lowe. "From three minutes left in the
fourth quarter, we didn't get the job done."
A basket and free throw by Stromile Swift
gave Memphis its
largest lead at 83-74 with 5:42 to play. But Carter returned
and made a floater in the lane, starting an 8-0 surge.
had a follow shot and Williams had a layup
before Davis sank two free throws to cut it to 83-82 with 3:40
left. Carter answered Battier's follow dunk with two foul
shots, and Davis answered Gasol's hook with a tough reverse
layup to make it 87-86 at the 2:24 mark.
scored 10 points and Bradley added eight and
nine rebounds for Toronto, which shot 44 percent (38-of-86) from
"Michael Bradley did a very good job for them off the bench in
offensive rebounding," Brown said.
Gasol had 11 points and 10 rebounds and Jason Williams
points for Memphis, which shot 42 percent (36-of-85). Rookie
scored nine points on 9-of-17 shooting.
Swift's driving layup opened the second quarter, gave the
Grizzlies a 20-19 lead and started a 10-0 surge. Memphis held a
46-37 halftime lead, but Peterson scored six points in a 9-2
run that began the third quarter.
"It was a very unorthodox half, both ways - a lot of stoppages
in the game and there just wasn't really any continuity," Carter
A basket by Jermaine Jackson
gave the Raptors a 62-61 lead with
2:24 left, but the Grizzlies scored 21 seconds later and took a
67-64 edge into the final period.