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Gasol goes for 30 points as Memphis downs Pacers

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

By CLIFF BRUNT

AP Sports Writer

INDIANAPOLIS -- Pau Gasol scored 30 points, and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Indiana Pacers 90-72 on Wednesday night to snap a five-game losing streak.

Gasol also had 12 rebounds and shot 11-for-19 from the field.

Rudy Gay scored 24 points, Mike Miller had 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Grizzlies to extend Indiana's losing streak to five games. It was Memphis' fourth road win in 15 tries this season and its first win at Conseco Fieldhouse.

Mike Dunleavy scored 16 points, Troy Murphy had 10 points and 15 rebounds and Jeff Foster added 13 points and nine rebounds for the Pacers.

Memphis rookie Mike Conley had seven points, eight assists, six rebounds and three steals in his first career start, and his first regular-season game in his hometown.

Conley, who played high school ball at Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis, was the No. 4 pick in the draft after playing one year at Ohio State. He returned as an NBA player to the building where he won three Indiana state championships and grew up watching the Pacers.

The Pacers shot a season-low 31 percent and failed to score at least 90 points for the first time in 25 games.

Indiana point guard Jamaal Tinsley missed his third straight game with a sore left hamstring, and the Pacers have lost them all. He last played on Dec. 28 against Detroit.

Indiana led 44-40 late in the first half before Gay made a 3-pointer with 1.6 seconds left to make it 44-43. The Pacers turned the ball over and gave Memphis the ball under its basket and a chance to take the lead, but Gasol's mid-range jumper missed as time expired.

Memphis opened the second half on a 12-2 run to take a 55-46 lead.

After Indiana cut the deficit to 57-53, Conley made a jumper and layup during a 6-0 run that gave Memphis a 63-53 lead and forced Indiana to call timeout. The Pacers closed the third quarter on a 6-1 run to cut their deficit to 71-63.

Memphis slowly stretched the lead in the fourth quarter and led by 18 points in the period. The Pacers were held to nine points and shot 3-for-17 in the final quarter.

Notes: Indiana C David Harrison sat out with a sore back. ... Only three Memphis players scored in the first quarter -- Gasol, Miller and Gay. ... Indiana outrebounded Memphis 31-22 in the first half. ... Conley had 11 points and 10 assists in an exhibition game at Conseco in October. ... Memphis snapped a three-game losing streak in the series. ... Indiana guard Andre Owens had 11 points after posting a career-high 15 points in a loss at Charlotte on Monday.

MEMPHIS (90)

Gay 10-20 0-0 24, Gasol 11-19 8-10 30, Milicic 2-6 1-2 5, Conley 3-7 1-2 7, Miller 8-12 1-1 19, Swift 2-6 1-4 5, Navarro 0-0 0-0 0, Lowry 0-4 0-0 0, Jacobsen 0-4 0-0 0, Brown 0-0 0-0 0, Richardson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 36-78 12-19 90.

INDIANA (72)

Granger 2-9 2-2 6, O'Neal 2-11 0-2 4, Murphy 4-12 0-0 10, Owens 3-10 3-4 11, Dunleavy 6-17 3-4 16, Foster 6-9 1-1 13, Rush 3-10 0-0 6, Daniels 1-6 0-0 2, Diogu 1-4 2-2 4, Diener 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 28-91 11-15 72.

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Indiana2222199--72

3-Point Goals--Memphis 6-20 (Gay 4-7, Miller 2-4, Gasol 0-1, Conley 0-2, Lowry 0-2, Jacobsen 0-4), Indiana 5-28 (Murphy 2-5, Owens 2-7, Dunleavy 1-6, Daniels 0-1, Diener 0-2, Granger 0-3, Rush 0-4). Fouled Out--None. Rebounds--Memphis 57 (Gasol 12), Indiana 59 (Murphy 15). Assists--Memphis 25 (Conley 8), Indiana 13 (Daniels, Granger 3). Total Fouls--Memphis 16, Indiana 18. Technicals--Indiana defensive three second. A--10,186 (18,345).



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