TORONTO, Nov. 30 (Ticker) --
After a solid effort against one of the
league's best teams, Damon Stoudamire
was able to do it again
against one of the worst.
Stoudamire scored 19 points against his former team and Eddie Jones
added 18 as the Memphis Grizzlies extended their winning
streak to three games with a 92-66 triumph over the Toronto Raptors.
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The diminutive Stoudamire collected 22 points and eight assists
in Saturday's win at Dallas, which is tied for the third-best
record in the league. Toronto is at the other end of the
spectrum, sporting a league-worst 1-15 mark.
"It's a big win to end the month," said Stoudamire, who also
tallied a season-high six rebounds. "We feel like we're one of
the better teams in the league. I feel for (Toronto). I know
what it's like to lose that many, but I thought we came ready to
play start to finish and put them in a hole."
Monday's affair was over quickly as Memphis reeled off a 16-0
burst that bridged the first and second quarters. Jones, who
scored 11 points in the opening session, had eight during the
"It's all about preparing and being ready to face these types of
teams," Jones said. "I think we've got too many veterans on
this ballclub to even think about a letdown. We've got a lot of
good shooters and when you're getting good looks, it's pretty
easy to go on runs."
A 10-0 run midway through the second quarter, capped by
back-to-back 3-pointers by Stoudamire, gave the Grizzlies a
51-29 advantage with 5:07 left in the half and they never looked
"I think the effort was disappointing," Toronto coach Sam Mitchell
said. "You can just tell when we play, as soon as one
or two bad things happen, you can just tell the guys start
Coming off a season-best 36-point effort against the Mavericks,
added 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who
surrendered the third-fewest points in franchise history.
"We tried to jump on them early and get a good lead because in
their situation they're going to get down on themselves," Gasol
said. "We wanted to keep our intensity high, especially at the
beginning of the game, and it worked for us."
scored 15 points for Toronto, which shot just 35
percent (25-of-72) as it had its worst offensive performance of
the season en route to its sixth straight loss.
"I thought we played hard, especially in the defensive end,"
Memphis coach Mike Fratello
said. "You have to be consistent in
the defensive end; we take pride in that and that's what's
really getting us wins."
"(We have to) put it in the past," said Bosh, who made just
5-of-16 shots. "You have games like that where shots aren't
falling and the other team is making shots. That is the story
of the season so far."