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Saturday, February 26th (All times eastern)

Memphis Grizzlies (30-25) at San Antonio Spurs (42-12), 8:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The San Antonio Spurs go for their 17th straight win at home, as they host Southwest Division rival Memphis tonight at the SBC Center.

This is the second meeting of the season between the clubs. On November 22nd, the Grizzlies knocked off the Spurs, 93-90, at FedExForum. The teams will meet twice more in the 2004-05 campaign as they will play a home-and-home set from April 16-18.

Overall, the Grizzlies have won three straight and four of the last contests in this series. Memphis has won two of its last three at San Antonio.

San Antonio goes for its third straight win overall. On Wednesday, Tim Duncan scored 30 points with 11 rebounds, and the Spurs used a big run in the fourth quarter to pull away for a 99-81 victory over the Houston Rockets. Tony Parker added 22 points and Manu Ginobili scored 18 for the Spurs, who have won eight of their last 10 games overall.

In the win over Houston, Parker and Ginobili combined for 10 points during a 20-5 game-ending run for the Spurs, who had led by just three points with less than five minutes to play. Duncan added five points during the flurry, including a rare three-pointer with 1:18 to play.

The Spurs made some noise at Thursday's trading deadline, as they dealt forward Malik Rose and conditional first-round draft choices in 2005 and 2006, to New York for center Nazr Mohammed and guard Jamison Brewer.

San Antonio is 7-1 in Saturday games this season.

The Spurs are an unbelievable 24-1 at home this season. San Antonio has not lost at home since falling to the Seattle SuperSonics on December 8th.

Memphis comes into tonight's game on a four-game losing streak. On Friday, Earl Boykins scored a team-high 19 points off the bench as the Denver Nuggets won their second straight game with a 97-94 overtime victory against the slumping Grizzlies at FedExForum.

Brian Cardinal led Memphis as he scored a season-high 28 points on 10-of-20 shooting, including 5-of-10 from three-point distance. Shane Battier had 17 points and Mike Miller added 12 before both players fouled out in overtime. Jason Williams went 6-of-13 from the floor en route to 13 points. Williams also dished out seven assists.

The Grizzlies are 12-15 on the road this season. Memphis has lost three in a row as the visitor.

02/26 10:09:13 ET


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