No fans, no problem, Bobcats beat Grizzlies 96-82

By Mike Cranston

Associated Press

Published: Monday, Jan. 10 2011 7:32 p.m. MST

Memphis Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins, right, argues a call with referee John Goble, left, in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Bobcats in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, Jan. 10, 2011.

Chuck Burton, Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Stephen Jackson scored 27 points and the Charlotte Bobcats stayed hot under new coach Paul Silas with a 96-82 victory over the listless Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night in a game played in a nearly empty arena because of a snowstorm.

A crowd of about 1,000 fans braved the treacherous roads that shut down much of the city to watch the Bobcats move to 5-2 since Larry Brown was fired. D.J. Augustin added 18 points and nine assists and Matt Carroll scored 12 points for Charlotte, which was never threatened.

Zach Randolph had 15 points and 15 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who lost their second straight thanks to terrible shooting. Memphis missed 33 of its first 42 shots in falling behind by 16 points in the second quarter.

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