NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, December 21st (All times eastern)
New Jersey Nets (8-20) at Memphis Grizzlies (12-16), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New Jersey Nets aim to put the brakes on a 10-game road losing streak tonight, when they pay a visit to the Memphis Grizzlies at FedEx Forum.
New Jersey's last road win was a 110-96 decision over the Los Angeles Clippers back on Nov. 15 this season. The Nets are 2-12 away from the Prudential Center this season and will also make a stop in New Orleans on the current trek.
In Sunday's 89-82 loss at home versus the Atlanta Hawks, Devin Harris had a busy game with 22 points, eight assists and six rebounds, while Brook Lopez tallied 16 points for New Jersey, which has won two of three since losing eight in a row. Troy Murphy added eight points and five boards in the win.
"Everyone just has to be on the edge of their seats, ready to play," Nets coach Avery Johnson said. "They all made critical shots at big times. If we had to give a game ball tonight, it would definitely go to Murphy. He was solid for us. Sasha (Vujacic) knows how to play and gets his nose in there. He looks like a fighter and always thinks the next shot is going in."
Vujacic ended with 10 points and six boards for the Nets.
Memphis has lost two straight since a four-game winning streak and is coming off Saturday's 112-106 overtime loss in San Antonio. Tony Parker finished with a season-high 37 points to lead the Spurs to their eighth straight win.
O.J. Mayo scored 27 points for the Grizzlies, who did not have star Rudy Gay due to a one-game suspension. Gay is eligible to return tonight and is averaging 21.0 points this season. Zach Randolph was a beast in defeat with 24 points and a season-high 21 rebounds.
"Our guys came out and played hard," said Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins. "We took them into overtime, and we had a couple of turnovers.
The Grizzlies will try to extend their home winning streak to three games Tuesday and are 8-5 as the host this season.
Memphis won both meetings with New Jersey a season ago and is 10-6 in the previous 16 contests in this series.
12/21 11:14:04 ET