Gasol and Jones Fuel Grizzlies’ Surge
Memphis 113, Cleveland 106
MEMPHIS, Tenn., Nov. 5 (Ticker) -- The accuracy displayed by Pau Gasol and Eddie Jones nullified the talents of LeBron James.
Gasol scored 29 points on 11-of-15 shooting and Jones connected on four 3-pointers en route to 19 points as the Memphis Grizzlies posted a 113-106 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
"I told everybody from the beginning we had a great shooting team," Jones said. "The stats show that. All the guys can shoot the basketball. We just throw it into (Gasol) and let him try to create shots for us."
The Cavaliers, who shot just 34 percent in Friday's blowout loss in San Antonio, connected on 46 percent (40-of-87) on Saturday.
Memphis had six players in double figures, including Mike Miller, who scored eight of his 13 points during a 15-2 burst that bridged the final two quarters. One of those fell from behind the arc with the shot clock winding down and James' hand in his face.
"They shot 60 percent from the 3-point line, and those were contested shots," James said. "We had a few defensive breakdowns, but for the most part those guys were just shooting great."
Dahntay Jones, who added 10 points, capped the surge with a thunderous dunk that gave the Grizzlies a 95-83 lead with 8:52 to go.
"It feels good," Jones said. "Everybody's doing their part, and that's what team basketball is."
The Cavs drew within 104-99 on a hook shot by Drew Gooden with two minutes remaining, but Gasol's two free throws 15 seconds later and jump shot on the following possession pushed the lead back to 108-100 with 50 seconds left.
Gasol scored 10 points in the third quarter, including eight straight in the final three minutes, when Memphis climbed out of a seven-point hole and took the lead for good, 82-81.
"I'm hungry to win games and I'm hungry to play well," Gasol said. "I'm very aggressive mentally. I know I'm going to be out there for a lot of minutes and I'm confident I can make the big shots when they're needed."
"(Gasol) is skilled," James said. "He's a defensive mismatch for any team because of his athleticism and his length, and tonight he helped his team get the win."
James scored 36 points -- his second 30-point effort in three games this season -- and Larry Hughes added 21 for Cleveland, equaling the point total of his first two games combined.
"Me scoring like that and us not coming out with a win means nothing to me," James said. "Hopefully we can just keep getting better, and I feel like we're headed in the right direction."