Now that the Memphis Grizzlies have recorded their first win, they can focus on getting back to the level of play of their record-setting 2003-04 season.
The Grizzlies go for their second victory in a row when they host the winless Golden State Warriors.
With four straight losses to start the season, Memphis didn’t resemble the fast-breaking squad that won a franchise-record 50 games and gained its first playoff berth last season.
The Grizzlies were unable to generate much offense, shooting 39 percent from the field in the first four contests, and allowed 98.5 points per game before putting together a strong overall effort in a 110-87 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday.
“We were 100 percent convinced we had to get this win and turn it around,” Gasol said. ”… We played defense hard and finished fast breaks which was a very important part of the win.”
The Grizzlies shot better than 46 percent from the floor, had five players score in double figures and outscored the Lakers 50-32 in the paint and 27-12 on the break to beat them for the third straight time at home.
“We finally played the way we are capable of playing in the fourth quarter and closed out the ballgame,” said guard Mike Miller, who finished with 13 points.
Last season, Memphis picked up 31 of its 50 wins at home, so the Grizzlies could use some momentum going into a four-game road trip that opens Sunday against surging Seattle.
James Posey missed his second consecutive game Wednesday with a sprained left foot that has hampered him since the preseason.
The Warriors fell to 0-5 for the first time since the 1998-99 season with a 91-71 loss at San Antonio on Wednesday night.
Derek Fisher had only two points in his first game against San Antonio since hitting the winning basket at the buzzer for the Lakers in Game 6 of last season’s West semifinals.
“It was a tough loss for us,” said Fisher, who was booed heavily Wednesday. “I didn’t want to get too emotional for tonight’s game, but when the fans give you a nice welcome like that, it’s hard not to. When they boo you, that means they respect you.”
Golden State is 0-2 on a five-game road trip that also takes them to Charlotte and Cleveland. The Warriors open a four-game homestand Wednesday against Chicago.
STANDINGS (through Nov. 10): Warriors - 5th place, 4 GB, Pacific Division. Grizzlies - 4th place, 3 GB, Southwest Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Warriors - Richardson, 15.4 ppg; Murphy, 7.0 rpg; Claxton, 4.8 apg. Grizzlies - Gasol, 18.6 ppg; Swift, 8.0 rpg; Watson, 5.0 apg.
2003-04 SEASON SERIES: Grizzlies, 3-1.
LAST MEETING: March 7; Grizzlies, 95-85. At Oakland, Calif., Wells had 18 points and Williams scored 13 of his 17 during a decisive third-quarter run to lead the Grizzlies to their team-record fourth straight road victory.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Warriors - 0-2 on the road; Grizzlies - 1-2 at home.