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Stern thanked former Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley before tipoff and helped introduce the Grizzlies' new chairman, Robert Pera.
"The Memphis community has come together to support this team in an extraordinary fashion and guarantee that it's anchored in the Memphis community for many years to come," Stern said.
Stern handed the microphone to Pera who talked briefly about his ideas for the team before concluding with, "Go Grizzlies." Even Stern said, "That's it?" Pera, a 34-year-old owner of a California communications technology company, watched the game at midcourt and clapped at the end.
The Grizzlies opened up struggling to find the basket whether on short jumpers or even simple layups. They missed 2 of their first 15, and Randolph's miss of yet another layup had the home fans groaning. The Jazz had no such problems, hitting 7 of their first 11.
NOTES: The Grizzlies went 17-3 when scoring 100 points in a game last season with two of the three losses in overtime. They now are 2-0 when scoring 100 points this season. ... Memphis hit 22 of 25 at the free throw line with Gay a perfect 8 of 8 and Gasol hitting all 10 of his attempts. The Jazz shot 9 of 13 at the line. ... Both Randolph and Allen missed their first six shots each. Randolph finally hit his seventh at 8:19 of second, and Allen hit his first bucket on a reverse layup with 1:48 left in the second quarter.
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