MEMPHIS, Tenn., Nov. 22 (Ticker) -- Bonzi Wells
has the Memphis
Grizzlies on a roll.
Wells scored a season-high 26 points, including a clutch
3-pointer in the final minute, to lift the Grizzlies to a 93-90
victory over the San Antonio Spurs.
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The meeting was the first between the teams since San Antonio
swept Memphis in a first-round playoff matchup last season.
Wells has been a big factor in Memphis' turnaround from an 0-4
start. He has scored in double figures in each of the last six
games and has shot 57 percent (30-of-53), including 7-of-9 from
3-point range, in the last four.
In this one, Wells was 10-of-17. His 3-pointer with 47 seconds
left snapped an 87-87 tie and gave the Grizzlies a lead they did
"This win was big for our organization, our team and our
community," Wells said. "This was the team that put us out of
the playoffs last year. We came into the game shorthanded, so
we all knew that we had to step up to another level."
Memphis was without forward Pau Gasol
, who sat out his second
straight game with an injured right ankle. Gasol averaged 18.5
points in the playoff series vs. the Spurs.
filled in nicely for coach Hubie Brown
club has won five of seven since the rough start.
Cardinal scored 13 points off the bench and Lorenzen Wright
recorded his second double-double of the season with 10 points
and 10 rebounds.
Wright scored the Grizzlies' last three points to secure the
"(Brian) Cardinal had to step up," Brown said. "He's starting to
get healthy and you can start to see what he can do. Lorenzen
(Wright) also had a big night rebounding."
scored 26 points and gave San Antonio a chance with a
free throw and a dunk in the final 43 seconds. Tony Parker
scored 18, but just two in the second half, and Brent Barry
chipped in 12.
The Spurs inbounded the ball with 0.3 seconds left, but Barry
was unable to get his 3-point attempt off in time.
"I thought the Grizzlies did a great job pressuring us and
getting out in the passing lanes," said San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich
, who saw his team turn the ball over 20 times.
"Our defense was outstanding tonight," Brown said. "We not only
got to deflections but we started to hold them to one shot when
we made our run in the third quarter."
Aside from a two-point loss at Sacramento, Memphis has only one
glaring blemish during their seven-game surge, a 118-113 loss to
Seattle on Nov. 14 in which they blew a 21-point lead. The
Grizzlies will seek revenge Wednesday when the Sonics pay a
"We have Seattle next and we owe them, too," Wells said. "We
played well up there for 3½ quarters and they snuck up on us
at the end. Hopefully we can return the favor and get a big
victory on Wednesday."