LOS ANGELES, 5 November 2003 — When Tim Duncan went down, things began to look up for the Memphis Grizzlies.
Stromile Swift scored 14 points, including the go-ahead basket with just less than two minutes left, and the host Grizzlies took advantage of an ankle injury to Duncan, to rally past the San Antonio Spurs 88-80 on Monday night.
“When Tim went down, we all looked at each other and said, ‘We’ve got to win this game’,” said Grizzlies center Lorenzen Wright, who finished with nine rebounds. David Robinson is not there any more, so when Tim goes down, that’s your opportunity to beat them.’’
Jason Williams had 13 points while reserves Wesley Person and Earl Watson chipped in 12 points apiece for Memphis, which improved to just 5-27 all-time against the Spurs, including 2-15 at home.
Newcomer Radoslav Nesterovic had 13 points and 14 rebounds for short-handed San Antonio, (2-2), which played without injured guards Tony Parker and Anthony Carter. Reserve Manu Ginobili also added 13 points but was forced to leave with a back injury late in the game.
Duncan scored 10 first quarter points but rolled his left foot after making a basket with just over five minutes remaining in the period.
Utah Jazz 93 Minnesota Timberwolves 88: Matt Harpring scored 32 points and Greg Ostertag grabbed a career-high 21 rebounds, as the Jazz capitalized on the second-quarter ejection of Kevin Garnett, to trim the visiting Timberwolves.
Utah received 17 points from Andrei Kirilenko, while Raul Lopez added 15 and eight assists. Sam Cassell led Minnesota with 27 points and 10 assists, and Latrell Sprewell netted 24 points.
New York Knicks 75 Orlando Magic 68: Charlie Ward scored 15 points and Keith Van Horn added 14 as the visiting Knicks forced the Magic to a franchise-low 25 percent field goal shooting en route to their first victory of the season. Tracy McGrady led Orlando with 19 points on 5-of-20 shooting.
Atlanta Hawks 90 New Orleans Hornets 80: Dion Glover scored 20 points, and Jacque Vaughn, filling in for team-leading scorer Jason Terry had eight points and seven assists as the host Hawks knocked the Hornets from the unbeaten ranks with their first win of the season.
Dallas Mavericks 103, Miami Heat 93: Dirk Nowitzki scored 22 of his 30 points in the second half as the host Mavericks kept the undermanned Heat winless after four games under new coach Stan Van Gundy. Steve Nash added 18 points and 11 assists for Dallas (3-1) while Tony Delk had 17 points. Udonis Haslem had 20 points and 12 rebounds for Miami, which played without key starters Eddie Jones and Dwyane Wade.
Houston Rockets 98 Chicago Bulls 66: Steve Francis scored 19 points and the host Rockets held the Bulls to 27 percent shooting en route to the lopsided victory.
Cuttino Mobley added 14 points for Houston, while Yao Ming had 12 points and seven rebounds. Jamal Crawford scored 19 points, while Tyson Chandler had 14 points and 17 rebounds for Chicago, (1-3), which has been blown out by an average of 29 points in its three losses.