Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 12/19

Game 1: Friday, December 19th
Game 2: Wednesday, January 21st

Bobcats 112

(9-18, 2-9 away)

Grizzlies 83

(9-17, 7-7 home)

    Coverage: FSMMHD

    8:00 PM ET, December 19, 2008

    FedExForum, Memphis, TN

    1 2 3 4 T
    CHA 36 22 28 26112
    MEM 26 18 16 2383

    Top Performers

    Cha: B. Diaw 26 Pts, 10 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

    Mem: R. Gay 17 Pts, 2 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl, 3 Blk

    Diaw's double-double, Bobcats' 66-percent shooting sink Grizzlies

    Associated Press

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Boris Diaw slammed home a dunk off the opening tip, and Charlotte's interior assault never let up until the game was well in hand.

    Diaw had a season-high 26 points and 10 rebounds, and Emeka Okafor added 25 points to help the Bobcats control the inside on the way to an easy 112-83 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night.

    Fast Facts

    • Boris Diaw's 26 points helped lead the Bobcats to their first two-game win streak since Dec. 1-3.

    • Memphis' 23 rebounds are the third-fewest in a single game in franchise history.

    • Emeka Okafor (25 points) was 11-for-16 from the floor and is shooting 63 percent in his last 13 games.

    -- ESPN research

    "We played great and passed the ball," Charlotte coach Larry Brown said. "For three quarters, we probably played as well as we have all year. I don't think our bigs missed any shots."

    Gerald Wallace finished with 22 points, connecting on 9 of 11 shots for Charlotte, which set a franchise record by making 66 percent of its shots.

    Memphis rookie O.J. Mayo scored only 7 points, ending his streak of double-figure games at 25. He spent the final 5:09 on the bench.

    "I wanted to give some guys some minutes," Memphis coach Marc Iavaroni said. "I just felt like we ought to have the best energy on the floor, so we took our regulars out."

    There wasn't much energy to be had from the Grizzlies -- Charlotte players continually went past them to the rim.

    "I think we just kept giving up," Memphis center Marc Gasol said.

    Rudy Gay led Memphis with 17 points and Darko Milicic added 11.

    Charlotte coasted through the fourth on the way to consecutive victories for just the second time this season.

    The Bobcats' starting front line was a combined 31-of-40 from the field before taking a seat with about 10 minutes left. Charlotte outscored Memphis in the paint 70-42 and outrebouded the Grizzlies 41-23.

    Memphis' interior defense was ineffective from the start as the Bobcats scored 24 points in the paint during the first quarter. Okafor was getting inside for easy baskets and dunks. He had 16 points at the first break, missing only one of his first eight shots.

    Charlotte shot 76 percent in the quarter and finished the first half at 72 percent. No one missed more than two shots for Charlotte in the half.

    Augustin finished with 10 assists, part of a season-high 35 for Charlotte.

    "We're seeing what we can do when we spread the floor and share the ball," Wallace said. "You might have a good shot, but there may be one more guy that has a better shot."

    By the time Diaw scored on another dunk with 8:21 left in the third, the Bobcats were up by 24, the fans were booing, and Memphis coach Marc Iavaroni was looking for a timeout.

    At that point, Memphis seemed disinterested. Players were walking on the court, looking to each other when mistakes were made and still letting the Bobcats get to the basket.

    "It just wasn't our night," Grizzlies forward Darrell Arthur said.

    Game notes

    The Bobcats had not won in Memphis before Friday night, entering the game with four straight road losses against the Grizzlies. ... Wallace drove from central Alabama for the game. Wallace's father died and the Bobcats F was home for the funeral this week. He missed two games because of his father's death, and had missed two games earlier in the month due to the death of his grandmother. ... During the Grizzlies' recent 4-game winning streak, the team scored at least 100 points in all four victories. They scored 84 points in Tuesday's loss to New Orleans. The Bobcats' 58 first-half points were the most for a first half this season. ... The Bobcats' previous franchise-best shooting night was 64.6 against Atlanta in January 2007.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 112 83
    FGM-FGA 50-76 (.658) 31-72 (.431)
    3PM-3PA 4-11 (.364) 3-16 (.188)
    FTM-FTA 8-12 (.667) 18-23 (.783)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 9-41 6-23
    Assists 35 15
    Turnovers 15 12
    Steals 5 7
    Blocks 2 7
    Fast Break Points 14 13
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (0/0) 14 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 31 1

    Top Performers

    Boris Diaw Diaw
    Points: 26
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Rudy Gay Gay
    Points: 17
    Reb: 2
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 3