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Charlotte at Memphis

Miller, Grizzlies overshadow strong outing from rookie Morrison

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Mike Miller was already getting his shooting touch back when a jolt from Charlotte reserve center Jake Voskuhl really straightened out the Memphis Grizzlies forward.

Miller scored 27 points, including 21 in the fourth quarter, to lead the Grizzlies to their first win of the season, 96-83 over the Bobcats on Friday night.

Miller had keyed Memphis' fourth-quarter comeback when a hard foul by Voskuhl put him down near the Grizzlies' basket with 6:50 remaining. Miller remained on the court through a 20-second timeout and raised himself back to his feet, went to the line and hit both free throws. Miller then scored 13 of the Grizzlies' next 15 points as Memphis built a 10-point lead.

"He got me pretty good," Miller said. "But it was a good foul."

"He couldn't miss a shot after that," Memphis guard Eddie Jones said of Miller. "He was trying to miss shots and couldn't miss one."

Miller's 8-for-13 shooting performance, including 5-of-7 from 3-point range, overshadowed 21 points for Charlotte rookie Adam Morrison as the Bobcats remained winless through the first two games.

Charlotte has lost all five games to the Grizzlies since the Bobcats entered the league in 2004.

"People need to realize that I need to go through a learning curve like any other rookie," Morrison said. "I know the expectations others have for me, and it's flattering. I just need time to figure out what I can and can't get away with in this league."

Memphis erased a 72-60 deficit early in the fourth quarter with 13 straight points as Miller hit consecutive 3-pointers from the left wing, and Lawrence Roberts had five points in the stretch. A layup by Chucky Atkins with 8:48 left completed Memphis' comeback, setting the stage for Miller's other scoring spurt that put the game out of reach.

"We had a 12-point lead, ... but basically self-destructed shooting 50 to 55 percent from the line," Bobcats coach Bernie Bickerstaff said. "That was our demise."

Charlotte finished 16-of-29 from the line (55 percent). That, coupled with Memphis getting 27 points off 19 Bobcat turnovers and grabbing 19 offensive rebounds to only five for Charlotte, helped the Grizzlies overcome a 36 percent shooting night.

Morrison, the third overall pick out of Gonzaga, came off the bench and displayed his shooting touch immediately. He finished 8-of-15 from the field, but was held scoreless in the final quarter as Dahntay Jones clamped on defensive pressure.

"He did a good job defensively staying with me off screens and bodying me up," Morrison said. "He was doing a good job of shutting me down."

Jones said he started playing aggressive against Morrison in the second half after picking up two early fouls against the rookie. And he took a little advice from veteran guard Eddie Jones.

"You give one way to go, and you continue to trail him," Eddie Jones said. "You trail him and once he catches the ball, you get in front of him and make him shoot jump shots over the top of you."

Hakim Warrick added 15 points for Memphis, while Eddie Jones had 10 despite going just 3-of-15 from the field. Miller had nine rebounds.

Brevin Knight and Gerald Wallace both finished with 12 points for Charlotte. Knight had seven assists.

Morrison didn't start, but entered midway through the first quarter when Knight got in early foul trouble. He missed one of his first five shots and was already in double figures early in the second quarter. He had 16 points as Charlotte took a 47-44 halftime lead.

Notes

  • Knight played for the Grizzlies from 2000-03.
  • Wallace was back in the lineup after leaving Wednesday night's game against the Pacers with head and neck injuries.
  • Memphis G Damon Stoudamire, who did not play down the stretch in Wednesday's triple-overtime loss to New York, was back in the lineup. The Grizzlies said he had leg cramps and no damage to the knee he previously injured.
  • Memphis F Stromile Swift continues to nurse a left ankle sprain and was on the inactive list again.
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Rookie Adam Morrison makes the most of his 30 minutes, scoring 21 points with an assist. (AP)
Rookie Adam Morrison makes the most of his 30 minutes, scoring 21 points with an assist. (AP)
Scoreboard
Charlotte (0-2) 2126231383
Memphis (1-1) «2420163696
CHA:A. Morrison 21 Pts
CHA:E. Okafor 8 Reb
CHA:R. Felton 8 Ast
MEM:M. Miller 27 Pts
MEM:L. Roberts 11 Reb
MEM:D. Stoudamire 7 Ast
Players of the Game
MemphisCharlotte

M. Miller

A. Morrison
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
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G. Wallace, SF425-112-671312
B. Knight, PG374-84-437612
R. Felton, PG364-150-04828
E. Okafor, PF353-82-88258
S. May, F204-51-26239
A. Morrison, SG318-152-201321
O. Harrington, PF172-30-01134
J. Voskuhl, C132-24-56038
B. Robinson, SG60-01-21001
M. Carroll, SG40-10-01000
P. Brezec, CDid Not Play
M. Ely, PFDid Not Play
A. Anderson, SGDid Not Play
R. Hollins, CDid Not Play
W. Herrmann, SFDid Not Play
Totals 32-6816-2937222883
 47.1%55.2% 
Memphis
M. Miller, SG378-136-891327
E. Jones, SG283-152-223110
H. Warrick, PF284-97-862315
D. Stoudamire, PG263-90-03708
J. Tsakalidis, C233-103-38029
L. Roberts, PF254-81-211229
D. Jones, SG181-50-03142
K. Lowry, PG180-10-04440
C. Atkins, PG163-62-21009
R. Gay, SF140-42-20022
B. Cardinal, PF92-71-11025
S. Swift, PFDid Not Play
P. Gasol, PFDid Not Play
A. Johnson, PFDid Not Play
T. Kinsey, SGDid Not Play
Totals 31-8724-2848202396
 35.6%85.7% 
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