NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, December 12th (All times eastern)
Chicago Bulls (10-11) at Memphis Grizzlies (7-15), 8:00 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Two teams riding two-game winning streaks square off this evening from FedEx Forum, where the Memphis Grizzlies host the visiting Chicago Bulls.
The Bulls have won three of the last five games and posted their second straight win on Tuesday, handing the New York Knicks a 105-100 loss at the United Center. Drew Gooden had 22 points and 16 rebounds to lead Chicago.
Ben Gordon added 17 points and Luol Deng netted 16 for the Bulls, who will try to work on their 3-8 road mark Friday. Rookie Derrick Rose, who needed 10 stitches to close a cut on his left forearm early Monday morning after he rolled onto a knife while eating an apple in bed, ended with 15 points and seven assists.
Memphis will kick off a five-game homestand tonight and is 5-5 as the host in 2008-09. It has won two in a row and three of four games, including Wednesday's 108-102 victory over the expansion Oklahoma City Thunder at the Ford Center.
Rudy Gay led the Grizz with 22 points, six rebounds and four steals, while rookie O.J. Mayo tallied 18 points and dished out five assists for Memphis, which won its second straight for the first time all season and rallied from a 21-point deficit in the second quarter.
Mayo's 18 points gave him double-digit points for his 22nd consecutive game from the beginning of his career, passing Magic Johnson for the third-longest streak in NBA history. Dan Issel (27) and Bobby Jones (24) are the only players ahead of Mayo.
The Grizzlies will also host the Heat, Hornets, Bobcats and Lakers.
Chicago defeated Memphis, 96-86, on November 1 this season at the United Center and has won two straight and four of the past six meetings. The Bulls are winless in their last three games as the visitor in this series.
12/12 10:37:23 ET