NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, January 2nd (All times eastern)
San Antonio Spurs (20-11) at Memphis Grizzlies (10-22), 8:00 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Memphis Grizzlies resume a four-game homestand Friday aiming to avoid a sweep in their season series against the San Antonio Spurs.
The Spurs have already beaten Memphis three times this season, including a 94-81 win at FedEx Forum on November 24.
The Grizz dropped the opener of their latest residency on Tuesday when Leandro Barbosa recorded 11 of his game-high 28 points in the fourth quarter and the Phoenix Suns finished with the contest on a 25-5 run to get the better of Memphis, 101-89.
Hakim Warrick came off the bench to lead Memphis with 25 points, while Marc Gasol chipped in 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who were coming off back-to-back overtime defeats and have lost three straight overall.
Rudy Gay and O.J. Mayo scored 14 and 12 points, respectively, but shot a combined 10-for-35 in the loss.
Memphis, which is 8-9 as the host this season, will also face Dallas and Minnesota on its homestand.
The Spurs, meanwhile, lost for the first time in six games Tuesday when Milwaukee's Michael Redd scored 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds -- including a huge rebound on the final play of the game that sealed the victory -- as the Bucks upended San Antonio, 100-98, in the Alamo City.
Tim Duncan dropped 22 points and Michael Finley 20 in defeat for the Spurs. Tony Parker tallied 19 points and 10 helpers. Roger Mason had 15 points and Manu Ginobili 13 with five assists.
San Antonio, which is 8-5 as the visitor this year, has won four straight overall and 13 of its last 15 meetings against the Grizz.
01/02 10:24:12 ET