Jackson, Jones Lift Grizzlies Past Warriors
Memphis 104, Golden State 94
MEMPHIS, Tenn., Jan. 3 (Ticker) -- Bobby Jackson is looking like a suitable replacement for Damon Stoudamire.
Jackson and Eddie Jones led a first-half surge as the Memphis Grizzlies extended their winning streak to four games with a 104-94 victory over the Golden State Warriors.
"It's totally different when you're coming off the bench and you've got limited minutes and not much time to work with," Jackson said. "Now I've got time to work with and I can take my time. My thing is to run this team now and get everybody involved."
With Jackson running the offense, the Grizzlies reached the century mark in points in Saturday's victory at Seattle. Three days later, Jackson again got the offense going in the right direction.
Outplaying Baron Davis, Jackson made 6-of-9 shots and scored 14 of his 19 points in the first half as the Grizzlies built a 62-42 cushion. Memphis shot 59.5 percent (22-of-37) in the half and scored a season-high 37 points in the second quarter.
"Bobby is getting back to where he was before his injury," Memphis coach Mike Fratello said. "He's starting to get his shot back, too, and that's going to be important to us if we want to continue to have the kind of success we've been having.
"I thought he (Jackson) did a good job. We needed him both on the offensive and defensive ends. They have three guards, (Derek) Fisher, (Jason) Richardson and Baron Davis that can create problems for opposing guards in this league. They come in averaging a combined 53 points a game, and obviously you're going to need your guards to play good defense if you want to win."
Jones scored 16 of his 23 points in the first half. The 12-year veteran also shut down the athletic Richardson for the first three quarters.
"Everyone is a piece of a team. If you're the 12th guy, you're still a part of it," Jones said. "All season long, when guys have gone down - myself, Mike (Miller) and Shane (Battier), other guys have stepped right up and things have gone smoothly."
Jones' 3-pointer with 4:01 left in the third quarter gave the Grizzlies their biggest lead at 78-53.
"We dug too big a hole," Richardson said. "I think we were down 25 at one point. We fought back, but we have to find a way to keep from digging holes like that."
Pau Gasol added 21 points and Battier 16 for the Grizzlies, who were sloppy in the fourth quarter, when the lead dipped under double digits with just over a minute remaining.
Gasol attempted more free throws than the Warriors as he went 9-of-14 at the line. Memphis made 27-of-40 free throws while Golden State was 10-of-12.
"We were disappointed in the number of foul shots," Warriors coach Mike Montgomery said. "But the aggressor typically gets the calls, and we were not the aggressor the majority of the way."
Richardson scored nine of his 20 points in the fourth quarter for Golden State, which had a three-game winning streak snapped and completed a 2-1 road trip. Davis struggled, scoring just seven points on 3-of-9 shooting.
"He's human," Montgomery said of Davis. "They did a nice job on him. They made him a priority, and they showed up on screens well. We weren't able to get by."
Fisher added 18 points for the Warriors, who shot 47 percent (38-of-81).