The Nets had hoped to use last night's game against the Grizzlies, one of the top teams in the Western Conference, as another measuring stick to see how much they had grown over the past month.

Instead, the Grizzlies took that measuring stick and smacked the Nets over the head with it on their way to a 101-77 victory in front of 16,911 inside FedEx Forum.

"They did what they wanted to do," Gerald Wallace said. "They came out and hit us dead in the mouth. They took it from the opening tip to the final buzzer.

They controlled the boards, they were more physical and tougher than us. ... This was a reality check for us."

For the Nets (26-17), who saw their three-game winning streak snapped and fell to 12-3 under interim coach P.J. Carlesimo, there were few positives. Memphis shot 60 percent in the first half — 52 percent for the game, grabbed 15 offensive rebounds, scored 62 points in the paint and came up with 27 second-chance points as they seemingly did what they wanted to from beginning to end.