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Carroll's 24 points lead Nets over struggling Grizzlies

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The misery remains for the Memphis Grizzlies, and friction seems to be building in the locker room.

Memphis dropped its eighth straight on Sunday in a 98-88 loss to the Brooklyn Nets. The Grizzlies made a fourth-quarter dent in a Nets lead that stretched to 19, all while center Marc Gasol was in a warmup on the bench. Despite matching Tyreke Evans for the team lead with 18 points, Gasol, who leads the team in scoring, rebounds and assists, wasn't called on to play in the final period.

And he wasn't pleased.

''I do not know the why,'' Gasol said of not playing down the stretch, later adding: ''It's a first for me, trust me, and I don't like it one bit. I'm more (ticked) than I can show and frustrated.''

Speaking before Gasol, Memphis coach David Fizdale said his decision was based on the reserves playing well and cutting into the Brooklyn lead. He said not much has worked for the team during the skid, particularly Sunday, when the Grizzlies gave up the lead in a poor third quarter.

Asked about Gasol's reaction about not playing down the stretch, Fizdale said: ''We'll address it if it needs to be addressed, but it was a pretty simple decision what I did. It's nothing against him. I'm trying to win a game. I'm desperate.''

While the Grizzlies were grousing, the Nets were celebrating, at least for one night, after snapping a three-game losing streak.

DeMarre Carroll scored a season-high 24 points and Trevor Booker added 16 points and 11 rebounds. Joe Harris finished with 13 points for the Nets, who used a third-quarter spurt to put away the Grizzlies.

The teams were tied at 47 at the break, but the Nets opened the second half with a 22-6 run, looking much more fluid on offense than in the opening half. Brooklyn connected on nine of its first 15 shots to build the lead, outscoring the Grizzlies 32-18.

''We came out in the second half and got two big stops, scored,'' Brooklyn coach Kenny Atkinson said. ''We picked up our energy in the second half. The first part of the third quarter, that's where I thought the game turned.''

Memphis was able to get back in the game to open the final period, composing a 12-3 run. Memphis got the deficit to five points, but the Brooklyn lead was too much to overcome.

''We wanted to get out in transition and make them run,'' Harris said, ''and I thought we did better at that in the second half.''

TIP-INS

Nets: Harris started in Allen Crabbe's place. ... Carroll's previous season high was 18 on Oct. 25 against Cleveland. ... The Nets shot 45 percent from the field, breaking a string of surpassing 50 percent the last two games and three of the previous four. ... The Nets had 19 assists, breaking a streak of at least 24 assists in their last five.

Grizzlies: Memphis had not lost eight straight since a similar skid from Feb. 11-March 3, 2009. ... The team announced that Chandler Parsons tweaked his knee and did not return in the second half. The team characterized it as a precautionary move.

MORE INJURY TROUBLES

The Nets, who already were without D'Angelo Russell and Jeremy Lin with long-term injuries, had more setbacks. Crabbe, who was going to start, was a late scratch with a sore lower back. Then in the second quarter, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson went down with a right ankle sprain. ''It's unfortunate that we have so many injuries right now, but that's why we have 15 guys on the team,'' Booker said.

MORE MARC MUSINGS

Gasol spent a lot of time answering questions about the fourth-quarter situation in the Grizzlies locker room. Even after the team's public relations staff asked if everyone was finished, Gasol said he was willing to keep talking, expressing his displeasure about the situation. ''I'm just as competitive as anybody,'' he said. ''I hate not playing. That's what I value the most. If I'm not on the floor, I'm not valued. I'm sure (the coaching staff) knew that would hurt me the most.''

UP NEXT

Nets: Visit Houston on Monday.

Grizzlies: Visit San Antonio on Wednesday.

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Key Players
R. Hollis-Jefferson
24 F
M. Gasol
33 C
34.7 Min. Per Game 34.7
19.1 Pts. Per Game 19.1
4.3 Ast. Per Game 4.3
9.3 Reb. Per Game 9.3
49.4 Field Goal % 41.8
49.4 Three Point % 41.9
82.6 Free Throw % 83.8
+ 2 Andrew Harrison made driving layup 0:20
+ 1 Spencer Dinwiddie made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:27
  Spencer Dinwiddie missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:27
  Team rebound 0:27
  Shooting foul on JaMychal Green 0:27
  Defensive rebound by Trevor Booker 0:47
  James Ennis III missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:49
+ 1 DeMarre Carroll made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:03
+ 1 DeMarre Carroll made 1st of 2 free throws 1:03
  Personal foul on Ben McLemore 1:03
  Team rebound 1:24
Team Stats
Points 98 88
Field Goals 33-74 (44.6%) 32-80 (40.0%)
3-Pointers 13-29 (44.8%) 8-25 (32.0%)
Free Throws 19-23 (82.6%) 16-18 (88.9%)
Total Rebounds 53 42
Offensive 12 11
Defensive 31 24
Team 10 7
Assists 19 15
Steals 7 8
Blocks 7 3
Turnovers 17 14
Fouls 22 24
Technicals 0 0
16 PTS, 11 REB, 4 AST
18 PTS, 6 REB, 3 AST
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away team logo Nets 7-12 1928321998
home team logo Grizzlies 7-12 2225182388
Team Stats
away team logo Nets 7-12 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Grizzlies 7-12 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
D. Carroll F 13.5 PPG 6.6 RPG 2.0 APG 41.4 FG%
T. Evans G PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
D. Carroll F 24 PTS 6 REB 2 AST
T. Evans G 18 PTS 6 REB 3 AST
44.6 FG% 40.0
44.8 3PT FG% 32.0
82.6 FT% 88.9
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Carroll 35 24 6 2 2 1 4 2 7/12 4/6 6/6 1 5 33 +17
J. Harris 37 13 6 1 0 1 1 0 4/10 4/8 1/2 1 5 21 +18
S. Dinwiddie 32 9 2 7 0 2 2 5 2/10 1/6 4/6 0 2 25 +17
T. Zeller 20 7 5 0 0 0 3 4 3/4 1/1 0/0 3 2 9 +21
R. Hollis-Jefferson 9 6 0 1 0 0 1 1 2/4 0/0 2/3 0 0 7 -9
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Carroll 35 24 6 2 2 1 4 2 7/12 4/6 6/6 1 5 33 +17
J. Harris 37 13 6 1 0 1 1 0 4/10 4/8 1/2 1 5 21 +18
S. Dinwiddie 32 9 2 7 0 2 2 5 2/10 1/6 4/6 0 2 25 +17
T. Zeller 20 7 5 0 0 0 3 4 3/4 1/1 0/0 3 2 9 +21
R. Hollis-Jefferson 9 6 0 1 0 0 1 1 2/4 0/0 2/3 0 0 7 -9
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Booker 30 16 11 4 1 1 1 5 6/10 0/0 4/4 3 8 36 +21
C. LeVert 29 9 1 3 4 1 3 0 4/9 1/3 0/0 0 1 18 -5
S. Kilpatrick 20 8 5 0 0 0 2 2 3/9 2/4 0/0 0 5 11 -11
T. Mozgov 13 4 4 1 0 1 0 2 2/5 0/1 0/0 2 2 11 -12
J. Allen 11 2 3 0 0 0 0 1 0/1 0/0 2/2 2 1 5 -7
J. Lin - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Q. Acy - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Crabbe - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Russell - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Whitehead - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Wiley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Y. Ouattara - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 98 43 19 7 7 17 22 33/74 13/29 19/23 12 31 176 +50
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Gasol 27 18 5 1 1 1 4 3 6/17 0/2 6/6 1 4 23 -17
C. Parsons 12 12 6 1 1 0 1 1 5/8 2/3 0/0 1 5 20 +7
J. Green 31 11 7 2 0 0 1 5 5/9 1/2 0/0 4 3 21 -13
M. Chalmers 19 3 1 2 2 0 0 0 1/2 1/1 0/0 1 0 10 -10
D. Brooks 23 2 1 0 2 0 2 1 1/5 0/1 0/0 1 0 3 -15
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Gasol 27 18 5 1 1 1 4 3 6/17 0/2 6/6 1 4 23 -17
C. Parsons 12 12 6 1 1 0 1 1 5/8 2/3 0/0 1 5 20 +7
J. Green 31 11 7 2 0 0 1 5 5/9 1/2 0/0 4 3 21 -13
M. Chalmers 19 3 1 2 2 0 0 0 1/2 1/1 0/0 1 0 10 -10
D. Brooks 23 2 1 0 2 0 2 1 1/5 0/1 0/0 1 0 3 -15
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Evans 31 18 6 3 0 0 1 3 5/15 2/5 6/8 2 4 29 -19
B. McLemore 25 8 2 3 1 0 1 2 3/9 0/4 2/2 1 1 16 +4
A. Harrison 19 7 0 1 0 0 2 3 2/5 1/2 2/2 0 0 7 0
D. Davis 20 4 4 1 1 1 1 3 2/2 0/0 0/0 0 4 11 +7
J. Martin 10 3 2 0 0 1 1 3 1/3 1/2 0/0 0 2 5 +2
J. Ennis III 17 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 1/5 0/3 0/0 0 1 5 +4
M. Conley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Wright - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
V. Hunter - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Rabb - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Selden Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Simmons - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 88 35 15 8 3 14 24 32/80 8/25 16/18 11 24 150 -50