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Stoudamire, Swift come up big in Grizzlies' rout

Nov 20, 2007 - 4:45 AM By Jason Smith PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

MEMPHIS, Tennessee (Ticker) -- This time it wasn't so close for the Memphis Grizzlies.

Stromile Swift scored a season-high 24 points to lead seven players in double figures, as the Grizzlies snapped a three-game losing streak with a 125-108 blowout victory over the Seattle SuperSonics at FedEx Forum.

Mike Miller had 19 points, Damon Stoudamire added 16 and Pau Gasol 14 for the Grizzlies, who shot a season-high 56 percent (48-of-86) from the field after losing each of their last three games by three points or less, including a 108-105 decision at Dallas on Saturday.

"I made a comment about (the close losses) to the team. I was starting to think every game was supposed to be that way," first-year Memphis coach Marc Iavaroni said. "Not us losing, but every game being down to the wire with a decision, decision, decision. It was refreshing to get an easier night with the workload at the end."

Monday's contest was never in doubt, as Memphis built a double-digit lead by the 5:03 mark of the first quarter. The Grizzlies shot 67 percent (14-of-21) in the first period, including 5-of-8 from the arc, to open a 38-24 lead after the first period. The Grizzlies used a 13-2 run midway through the first and a 9-2 closing run to take command.

Stoudamire, who entered having scored 19 points in his previous six games and losing minutes to backups Kyle Lowry and Mike Conley Jr., scored nine consecutive points on a pair of 3-pointers, layup and a free throw to improve a one-point lead to 21-11 with 5:03 left in the period.

Stoudamire finished 5-of-7 from the floor, including 3-of-3 from the arc, and added seven assists. The lefthander converted just 7-of-29 shot attempts in his last six games and didn't have more than six assists in any of those contests.

"We just could not guard their penetration," Seattle coach P.J. Carlesimo said. "They shot the ball very well. They had a lot more energy than we did in every aspect of the game. I don't think there was one area where we matched their intensity."

It was Memphis' second win in as many tries this season over Seattle, which lost, 105-98, to the Grizzlies at home on November 7.

Delonte West's 17 points led Seattle, which fell behind by as many as 27 points in the third quarter after trailing, 68-53, at the half.

"It comes down to playing hard," said Seattle center Chris Wilcox, who scored 16 points. "I think that is what it is right now. We are just not going out and giving it our all."

Seattle rookie Kevin Durant, the SuperSonics' leading scorer this season and the NBA's top rookie scorer, was limited to 11 points on 2-of-8 shooting.

Durant, the only SuperSonic player to have scored in double figures in each game this season, added two rebounds and two assists.

"They came out fast and knocked down some shots," Durant said. "They penetrated on us too much, and we can't do that with a team like Memphis."

Miller and Stoudamire, meanwhile, combined to score 20 of the Grizzlies' first 24 points, helping Memphis build a 16-point first-quarter lead.

"We played well defensively and that's what we need to do to ignite our offense," Miller said. "The better our defense, the better our offense is going to be. ... Lately, we've been playing just well enough to lose and tonight we played well the whole game, which was good to see."

Swift added 10 of his 24 points in the opening frame.

"They were focusing a lot on Pau and I was able to get open," Swift said. "In this league, you have to feel like you can score on anybody."

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