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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CHICAGO 19 25 24 17 85 MEMPHIS 30 24 29 24 107 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: CHI - RON MERCER 22, RON ARTEST 14, GREG ANTHONY 12 MEM - PAU GASOL 27, SHANE BATTIER 21, JASON WILLIAMS 21

HIGH REBOUND: CHI - BRAD MILLER 9, MARCUS FIZER 7 MEM - PAU GASOL 14, STROMILE SWIFT 12

HIGH ASSISTS: CHI - GREG ANTHONY 5, KEVIN OLLIE 4 MEM - JASON WILLIAMS 14, FOUR PLAYERS WITH 3

ATT: 16,237


Extended Box

CHICAGO (85) AT MEMPHIS (107)

CHICAGO REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

ARTEST F 29 6-8 1-2 1 3 4 2 4 1 1 14 FIZER F 34 3-16 3-4 2 5 7 2 2 1 1 9 MILLER C 27 2-6 2-5 6 3 9 3 5 2 3 6 ANTHONY G 29 5-9 0-0 0 1 1 5 2 2 2 12 MERCER G 42 11-24 0-0 2 3 5 3 2 0 0 22 CHANDLER 12 1-4 0-0 0 4 4 0 5 0 1 2 CURRY 14 2-4 0-4 2 3 5 0 2 1 1 4 OLLIE 19 2-6 4-6 0 3 3 4 0 0 2 8 HASSELL 23 4-8 0-0 0 2 2 1 3 1 1 8 HOIBERG 6 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 BAGARIC 5 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 OAKLEY DNP - RIGHT ELBOW TENDINITIS

TOTALS 240 36-87 10-21 13 28 41 20 27 9 12 85 (.414) (.476) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 12(15 PTS)

MEMPHIS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

GASOL F 37 11-15 5-8 4 10 14 3 4 1 2 27 LONG F 32 4-7 1-1 0 5 5 3 4 0 1 9 SWIFT C 38 6-15 5-7 4 8 12 2 1 0 1 17 BATTIER G 44 5-10 9-10 3 4 7 3 1 0 2 21 WILLIAMS G 37 8-20 2-2 0 1 1 14 0 2 3 21 MASSENBURG 22 2-5 1-2 2 6 8 0 3 1 3 5 BUFORD 16 1-4 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 3 KNIGHT 7 0-4 0-0 0 1 1 3 1 1 0 0 SOLOMON 5 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 2 FOTSIS 2 1-1 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 2 ANDERSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION AUSTIN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 39-84 23-30 15 38 53 29 14 5 12 107 (.464) (.767) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 13(13 PTS)

CHICAGO 19 25 24 17 - 85 MEMPHIS 30 24 29 24 - 107

BLOCKED SHOTS: CHICAGO - FIZER 2, CHANDLER 2, HASSELL, ARTEST. MEMPHIS - GASOL 4, SWIFT 3, MASSENBURG. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CHICAGO 3-7 (.429), ARTEST 1-1, ANTHONY 2-4, MERCER 0-1, HOIBERG 0-1. MEMPHIS 6-14 (.429), BATTIER 2-3, WILLIAMS 3-8, BUFORD 1-1, SOLOMON 0-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DERRICK STAFFORD, MIKE SMITH, DAN CRAWFORD. A - 16,237. T - 2:12.


Box Score

CHICAGO (85) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Artest 29 6-8 1-2 1-4 2 4 14 Fizer 34 3-16 3-4 2-7 2 2 9 Miller 27 2-6 2-5 6-9 3 5 6 Anthony 29 5-9 0-0 0-1 5 2 12 Mercer 42 11-24 0-0 2-5 3 2 22 Chandler 12 1-4 0-0 0-4 0 5 2 Curry 14 2-4 0-4 2-5 0 2 4 Ollie 19 2-6 4-6 0-3 4 0 8 Hassell 23 4-8 0-0 0-2 1 3 8 Hoiberg 6 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Bagaric 5 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Oakley DNP - right elbow tendinitis _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-87 10-21 13-41 20 27 85 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.414, FT-.476. 3-Point Goals: 3-7, .429 (Artest 1-1, Anthony 2-4, Mercer 0-1, Hoiberg 0-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 6 (Fizer 2, Chandler 2, Hassell, Artest). Turnovers: 12 (Miller 3, Anthony 2, Ollie 2, Artest, Chandler, Curry, Fizer, Hassell). Steals: 9 (Anthony 2, Miller 2, Artest, Curry, Fizer, Hassell, Hoiberg).

MEMPHIS (107) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gasol 37 11-15 5-8 4-14 3 4 27 Long 32 4-7 1-1 0-5 3 4 9 Swift 38 6-15 5-7 4-12 2 1 17 Battier 44 5-10 9-10 3-7 3 1 21 Williams 37 8-20 2-2 0-1 14 0 21 Massenburg 22 2-5 1-2 2-8 0 3 5 Buford 16 1-4 0-0 1-2 0 0 3 Knight 7 0-4 0-0 0-1 3 1 0 Solomon 5 1-3 0-0 0-1 1 0 2 Fotsis 2 1-1 0-0 1-2 0 0 2 Anderson DNP - coach's decision Austin DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-84 23-30 15-53 29 14 107 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.464, FT-.767. 3-Point Goals: 6-14, .429 (Battier 2-3, Williams 3-8, Buford 1-1, Solomon 0-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 8 (Gasol 4, Swift 3, Massenburg). Turnovers: 13 (Massenburg 3, Williams 3, Battier 2, Gasol 2, Long, Swift). Steals: 5 (Williams 2, Gasol, Knight, Massenburg). ____________________________________________ Chicago 19 25 24 17 - 85 Memphis 30 24 29 24 - 107 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,237. T: 2:12. Officials: Derrick Stafford, Mike Smith, Dan Crawford.


Game Story

MEMPHIS, Tennessee (Ticker) -- Besides playing their first game under interim coach Bill Berry, the Chicago Bulls had to struggle with the notion they have been outmaneuvered and outdrafted by the Memphis Grizzlies.

Pau Gasol scored 27 points on 11-of-15 shooting and added 14 rebounds and fellow rookie Shane Battier contributed 21 points as the Grizzlies posted their third straight home win over the Bulls, 107-85.

Chicago suffered its 15th straight road loss to start the season, remaining the NBA's lone winless team away from home.

Gasol and Battier, the third and sixth overall picks in the 2001 NBA draft, continued to shine for the Grizzlies. They entered the game as the league's top two rookie scorers at 15.1 and 14.9 points per game, respectively.

Jason Williams, the point guard who was acquired from Sacramento last June, had 21 points and matched a season high with 14 assists as the Grizzlies won for the third time in their last four games.

Bulls executive vice president of basketball operations Jerry Krause, the architect of the team that won six NBA titles in eight seasons during the 1990s, joined the club for the first of its two-game road trip as he decides on a permanent replacement for former coach Tim Floyd.

Floyd, who had the worst winning percentage in NBA history among coaches with at least 200 games, finally stepped down on December 24.

Krause made Floyd's job more difficult in June when he traded Elton Brand -- Chicago's leading scorer and rebounder -- to the Los Angeles Clippers and selected high school players Tyson Chandler and Eddy Curry with the second and fourth overall picks in the draft.

"They were young before and then got younger when they drafted a couple of high school kids," Grizzlies coach Sidney Lowe said of the Bulls. "You have to be patient, but it's hard to be patient and win at the same time and look at the positive things like the progress the kids have been making."

Chandler and Curry combined for six points and eight boards at The Pyramid. The pair are averaging just 7.3 points and 4.9 rebounds per game, while Brand is clicking at 19.7 and 11.0 for the Clippers.

"I try to use them when the matchups say when," Berry said. "They're doing pretty good, coming along pretty darn good. They just need a little more seasoning."

"They really need to learn this game. I have an advantage by having played professional basdketball in Spain," Gasol said. "I think that really helped me a lot. It's hard to play in this league being a rookie."

Gasol displayed his impressive all-around game in the third quarter, collecting four points, six boards, an assist and a block, as the Grizzlies grabbed an 83-68 lead heading into the final period.

Ron Mercer led the Bulls with 22 points, reaching double figures for the 13th straight game.

Mercer, who had 16 points on 8-of-13 shooting in the first half, capped a 7-0 burst with a 12-foot jumper to pull Chicago within 47-39 with 2:23 to go before halftime.

But Gasol ended the second quarter emphatically with a dunk. The Spaniard led the Grizzlies with 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting after 24 minutes.

"Their young players aren't as young, to be honest with you," Bulls point guard Greg Anthony said. "But I think our young players have more potential. They just have to learn how to play the game at this level. When they learn that, they'll become dominant forces in their own right, but that's going to take time.

"So the unfortunate point from our standpoint is that time equals defeats."

Grant Long converted a three-point play with less than a second to go, giving the Grizzles a double-digit lead at 54-44.

"It's a night-and-day situation between those two guys over there and Shane," Long said, comparing the teams' young players. "If I'm an owner, I'm not going to do that because in essence it breaks your team down."

Long added nine points and five rebounds in his 920th NBA contest.

"You don't have a situation where you can hone your skills. You can't come into the NBA and hone your skills," he said. "I mean, you need to be as prepared as you can. You can't go to a gunfight with a knife, and that's what they're doing when they come out of high school."

Chicago was yielding a league-leading 25.3 assists per game, and Memphis took full advantage. Williams recorded nine of the Grizzlies' 18 assists in the first half, when they made 20 shots.

Memphis was paced by its backcourt in the first quarter as Battier scored 10 points and Williams dished out six assists.

Battier nailed his second 3-pointer with just under a minute remaining in the opening period. That capped a 20-7 run and helped Memphis build a 30-19 advantage.

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