- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 15, 2003

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Wesley Person scored 10 of his 17 points in Memphis’ big third quarter, leading the Grizzlies to a 101-85 exhibition victory last night against the Washington Wizards.

Starting the second half with its reserves, Memphis broke it open in the third quarter with a 21-2 run that included 15 straight points.

The burst began with a 19-foot jumper by Person, who had two 3-pointers in the run. He was third in the league last year in 3-point shooting.

Memphis ended the run leading 71-58 after a free throw by James Posey, who finished with 13 points on four of five shooting. He also hit all four of his free throws.

Pau Gasol finished with 11 points for Memphis, and reserve guard Earl Watson had nine points and 11 assists in 19 minutes.

Larry Hughes led the Wizards with 15 points and five steals.

The Grizzlies entered the fourth quarter leading 77-65 and were ahead by 21 points twice in the final two minutes.

The Wizards had a 46-45 lead at halftime, after being up 22-10 in the first quarter and 34-24 in the second.

Jarvis Hayes, who started for the injured Jerry Stackhouse, had 12 points on 5-for-8 shooting for Washington. Brendan Haywood and Jahidi White added 11 points each for the Wizards.

Stackhouse, Washington’s leading scorer, was sidelined with a sore right knee. He said before the game that he was unsure if he will be healthy by the start of the regular season.

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