Grizzlies whip Cavaliers again

The Associated Press

MEMPHIS – Pau Gasol scored 28 points and Jason Williams added 16 points and 16 assists Wednesday night as the Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 128-101.

Six Grizzlies scored in double figures as Memphis won for the seventh time in eight games. Memphis shot 61 percent from the field.

The game was delayed 15 minutes with 2:49 remaining in the fourth quarter for President Bush's speech regarding the attack on Iraq.

Memphis built a 10-point lead in the first quarter behind a pair of three-point plays by Gasol. The Grizzlies had an 23-2 run late in the quarter, including 15 straight for an 18-point advantage after 12 minutes. Cleveland never recovered, trailing by as many as 22 in the first half and 30 in the fourth quarter.

Mike Miller also scored 16 points while Wesley Person and Shane Battier added 14 each.

Carlos Boozer, the league's leading field goal shooter among rookies (53 percent), shot 12-of-15 from the field to lead the Cavaliers with 27 points. Boozer also grabbed 12 rebounds. Darius Miles scored 18 points, and Jumaine Jones finished with 15.

Cleveland, which has the league's worst record (12-55), has lost 15 of 17.

Memphis, as it had done during its six-game winning streak, shot well from the field. The Grizzlies hit 61 percent in the first half, including 5-of-8 from 3-point range, while Cleveland shot 47 percent and was hindered by 11 turnovers.

The Cavaliers made a run early in the second half, led by Zydrunas Ilgauskas's 11 points in the first six minutes, to close to 82-72. Memphis would eventually rebuild the lead to 95-81 heading into the fourth.

Notes: Cavalier G Dajuan Wagner, who played collegiately at the University of Memphis, missed his fifth straight game because of a knee sprain. …Miller returned to action after missing the last four games with back spasms. Miller, who started Wednesday night, has missed eight of 14 games since the Feb. 19 trade from Orlando. Memphis is 4-0 with Miller in the starting lineup… Memphis G Brevin Knight left the game in the first half with a left elbow contusion. He did not return. …Ilgauskas controlled the opening tip for the 56th time out of 66 games. …Williams collected his 12th double-double of the season. His 16 assists was a team-high for this season. …Memphis is 13-4 when shooting better than 50 percent.