MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Shane Battier and Pau Gasol each scored 20 points and sparked a third-quarter rally to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 94-69 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics.

Battier scored 13 points in the third quarter as Memphis built its lead to 68-51. Battier outscored the Sonics by himself until the final minute of the period. Meanwhile, Gasol had 10 in the quarter which Memphis closed with a 10-2 run.

The win was the third straight for Memphis, and gave the Grizzlies (3-1) their second-best start in franchise history. They were 4-1 to open the 2000-01 season. It also snapped a six-game losing streak to the Sonics, who had won five straight in Memphis.

Mike Miller added 14 points for the Grizzlies and Eddie Jones had 10.

Ray Allen led the Sonics (1-2) with 15 points, less than half of his 31.5 average through Seattle’s first two games. Rashard Lewis had 13 points, all in the first half, and 10 rebounds. He missed all four of his shots after the break, and he and Allen were on the bench for good with about seven minutes left.

Seattle, which got no closer than 17 points in the final quarter, shot 33 percent overall and had 21 turnovers.

As they have in their earlier wins, the Grizzlies relied on 3-point shooting by Miller and Bobby Jackson off the bench to kick start the offense, building a nine-point lead in the first half. Miller’s 10 points led the Grizzlies, and that helped because leading-scorer Gasol was struggling from the field, missing his first five shots. Gasol had eight points in the half.

Allen was 4-for-10 in the first half for 10 points.

Notes: Battier moved into fourth place on the Grizzlies’ all-time scoring list, passing guard Jason Williams, now with Miami. Battier’s 20 points gave him 3,395 points for his five-year career, all in Memphis. His steal in the third period moved him to the top spot in Memphis history in that category with 417, passing Shareef Abdur-Rahim. …The game was Seattle’s first on the road this season and kicked off the Sonics’ longest trip of the year with six games in 11 days. … Sonics rookie C Johan Petro was limited to nine minutes because of foul trouble. He picked up three in the first two minutes.

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