MEMPHIS, Tenn., Mar. 4 (Ticker) -- Shane Battier
made it a
memorable night for Memphis Grizzlies coach Mike Fratello
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Battier scored a career-high 33 points and Fratello notched his
600th win as the Grizzlies posted an 86-75 victory over the
Fratello, who took over for Hubie Brown in Memphis on December
2, became the 10th-fastest coach and 19th overall in NBA history
to reach the 600-win plateau, doing so in 1,079 games.
He likely would have had to wait at least another contest to
join the exclusive club if not for Battier, who made 10-of-17
shots and set a new season high for the second consecutive game.
"I would like to thank my assistants because I asked them three
or four times to take Shane out to get him a breather," Fratello
said. "Thank them for me not taking him out. They said, 'He
has it going and we have to ride him.' But to be completely
honest with you, the only thing I was worried about tonight was
getting win No. 33 (of the season). All of that other stuff is
"It's pretty cool to see him win No. 600," said Battier, who
scored 25 points Tuesday against Golden State. "A lot of
coaches would give their pinky for 600 wins in this league, and
that's just a testament to his consistency and preparation over
With Memphis clinging to a 74-73 lead with just under four
minutes left, Battier sparked a 13-2 game-closing run with a
short jumper and converted a three-point play in the next minute
to push the Grizzlies lead to six points.
After James Posey
made 1-of-2 from the line, Battier all but
sealed the victory with a desperation fallaway 3-pointer from
the left baseline as the shot clock expired to make it 83-73
with 1:27 remaining.
"I just felt good," Battier said. "I mean, I don't know how I
made some of those shots, but I felt good. It's rare in sports
and in your career that you feel that good and want the ball and
the basket seems so big, but the fourth quarter was one of
Battier scored 12 points in the final period, singlehandedly
outscoring the Raptors, who managed just eight in the fourth on
18 percent shooting (3-of-17). Toronto missed all nine of its
shots from the arc in the quarter and was just 4-of-23 overall
in the period.
"We just stopped passing the ball," Raptors coach Sam Mitchell
said. "We didn't move the ball around, and when we did get some
open looks, we didn't make shots."
"We picked up the defensive intensity and tried to make
everything hard for them," Grizzlies center Lorenzen Wright
said. "Everyone just dug deep and locked down and played some
good team defense."
Wright scored 12 of his season-high 20 points in the first half
to lift the Grizzlies to a 42-40 lead at the break.
scored nine of his 19 points in the third quarter as
the Raptors rallied to take a 67-63 advantage into the final
Rose lost his composure late and was ejected after picking up a
flagrant foul on Memphis guard Earl Watson
with 26 seconds to
play. He took off his jersey and angrily threw it into the
stands before leaving the court.
"You know, Jalen came in a little hard (on Watson)," Battier
said. "But we've all been on the other side of that."
added 16 points for Toronto, which has lost both of
its games in March after posting winning records in both
January (8-6) and February (6-5).
Memphis, which won its third straight game, shot 43 percent
(31-of-72), topping the 40 percent mark for just the second time
in eight games.