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Grizzlies 101, Pistons 79



Published: Fri, January 7, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



Grizzlies 101, Pistons 79

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- Bonzi Wells scored 23 points to help the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Detroit Pistons, extending their season-high winning streak to five games. The Grizzlies (17-17) reached .500 for the first time this season. They were 5-11 when they hired Mike Fratello on Dec. 2 to replace the retired Hubie Brown. Richard Hamilton scored 14 points -- without making a field goal -- for Detroit, which was handed its most lopsided loss in two years. The defending NBA champions had won five of six. Mike Miller added 17 points for Memphis, which led by as many as 22 in the third quarter and coasted in the fourth. Shane Battier and Pau Gasol each had 12. The Grizzlies made 12 of 21 3-pointers. They held Detroit to 31.3 percent shooting and forced 23 turnovers, got 32 assists and had seven players score at least eight points. Richard Hamilton went into the NBA record book with a bizarre distinction. The Detroit Pistons swingman became the first player in league history to lead his team in scoring without making a field goal, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Hamilton, who had 14 points, missed all 10 of his shots from the floor and made all 14 free throws in a 101-79 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. "It was just one of those nights," he said. Hamilton, who averages a team-high 20.3 points on 43 percent shooting, wasn't the only one to have a rough outing. Memphis held the defending NBA champions to 31.3 percent shooting, forced 23 turnovers and blocked 15 shots.

Wizards 107, SuperSonics 96

WASHINGTON -- The Wizards made the most of their first national TV appearance in 20 months, building a quick lead with balanced scoring in a victory over Seattle. Gilbert Arenas scored 27 points and Larry Hughes had 21 to lead six players in double figures as the Wizards improved to 5-5 against teams from the Western Conference, the latest notable milestone in what has so far been Washington's most promising season in nearly two decades. The Wizards, winning their third straight to start a five-game homestand, took advantage of a tired Seattle team that often appeared to have its mind on the trip home after a nine-day, five-game East Coast road trip. The Sonics lost by 18 at Orlando on Tuesday and finished the trip 3-2. Rashard Lewis had 35 points and 11 rebounds for Seattle.

Associated Press




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