Grizzlies beat Jazz 103-94 in home opener

Associated Press Modified: November 5, 2012 at 11:02 pm •  Published: November 5, 2012
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Pondexter hit a 3 to put the Grizzlies ahead to stay with 4:00 remaining in the period. Conley capped the spurt with a fast-break layup and finished off the three-point play for a 69-61 lead with 3:08 left. The Grizzlies led 74-66 at the end of the third, and they pushed the lead to 14 on a dunk by Tony Allen with 1:07 left.

The end got a little messy with 3.4 seconds left when Gasol fouled Foye as he drove toward the basket, taking him down and standing over him. Williams took exception and pushed Gasol back out of the way. Officials sorted it out on replay and gave Gasol a flagrant with a technical for Williams.

"You've got to love that," Hayward said. "We're going to finish the game to the end no matter what, and you've got to stand up for your teammate."

Stern thanked former Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley before tipoff and helped introduce the Grizzlies' new chairman, Robert Pera.

"The Memphis community has come together to support this team in an extraordinary fashion and guarantee that it's anchored in the Memphis community for many years to come," Stern said.

Stern handed the microphone to Pera who talked briefly about his ideas for the team before concluding with, "Go Grizzlies." Even Stern said, "That's it?" Pera, a 34-year-old owner of a California communications technology company, stood and clapped at the end.

The Grizzlies opened up struggling to find the basket whether on short jumpers or even simple layups. They hit only two of their first 19, and Randolph's miss of yet another layup had the home fans groaning. The Jazz had no such problems, hitting 7 of their first 11.

Conley credited the bench with energizing the starters, and Memphis got 26 points from its reserves.

"They all played well tonight and really kept us in the game and allowed the first unit to come back in and kind of feed off their energy," Conley said.

NOTES: Gasol now has scored at least 20 points in each of the first three games this season. ... The Grizzlies went 17-3 when scoring 100 points in a game last season with two of the three losses in overtime. They are 2-0 when scoring 100 points this season. ... Memphis hit 22 of 25 at the free throw line with Gay a perfect 8 of 8 and Gasol hitting all 10 of his attempts. The Jazz shot 9 of 13 at the line. ... Both Randolph and Allen missed their first six shots each. Randolph finally hit his seventh at 8:19 of second, and Allen hit his first bucket on a reverse layup with 1:48 left in the second quarter.