Grizzlies 92, Raptors 66

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TORONTO (AP)—Damon Stoudamire felt sorry for the Toronto Raptors, remembering the struggles when he was on the team.

Stoudamire scored 19 points and Eddie Jones had 18 to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 92-66 rout of the Raptors, who fell to an NBA-worst 1-15 Wednesday night.

“This is the same thing that went on eight years ago,” said Stoudamire, who was part of a Toronto team that went 16-66 in 1997-98. “I remember them days like it was yesterday. I feel for them. I know what it’s like to lose that many. What are they 1-15? I’ve been there before. I know all about that.”

Pau Gasol added 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who have won three straight and eight of 10. Memphis never trailed and led by as many as 29.

Fans booed the Raptors off the court at halftime, at end of the third quarter and at the final buzzer. Attendance was a season-low 14,993.

“This is a long season and it’s going to get longer if we continue to let these losses discourage us and tear the locker room up,” said Mike James, was scoreless on 0-for-7 shooting from the field.

Toronto coach Sam Mitchell kept the locker room closed for at least 20 minutes after the game.

“As soon as one or two bad things happen you can just tell the guys start doubting themselves, so it’s not going do any good for me to explode or blow up,” Mitchell said.

Toronto’s Jalen Rose, earning $15.6 million this season, did not start for the second straight game and finished with just two points in 12 minutes.

Bosh, faced with double teams, went 5-for-16 from the field. Toronto shot 35 percent (25-for-72), compared to Memphis’ 51 percent (37-for-73).

“That was disgraceful. It really is,” one fan said before leaving her courtside seat.

The Grizzlies committed eight turnovers in the third quarter, but Toronto couldn’t take advantage as they were outscored 15-14 in the period.

Jones’ 3-pointer, Stoudamire’s layup and 3-point play gave Memphis a 29-point lead with 2:40 left in the third.

Jones had 11 points in the first quarter, and Memphis went on a 16-0 run in the first half. Toronto cut the lead to 12 in the second quarter, but Memphis followed with a 10-0 run capped by consecutive 3-pointers by Stoudamire.

Shane Battier’s 3-pointer gave the Grizzlies a 23-point lead at halftime.

“I’ve been on both sides,” Memphis coach Mike Fratello said. “When you are losing and nothing goes in, you just say to yourself, ‘We just can’t make a shot tonight.”’


The game featured the only two Spaniards in the NBA—Gasol and Toronto’s Jose Calderon. They were teammates for five years on Spain’s national team … The Raptors now go on a three-game road trip beginning Friday at Atlanta, the NBA’s second-worst team.

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