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Monday, January 31st (All times eastern)

Memphis Grizzlies (25-20) at New Orleans Hornets (8-35), 8 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Memphis Grizzlies try to take their momentum into February tonight when they visit the Hornets at New Orleans Arena.

Memphis has won three of its last four games, and has lost only three times in 14 tries this month. On Saturday, Jason Williams scored 23 points and Mike Miller added 21, as the Grizzlies held on to defeat a struggling Atlanta Hawks team, 84-83, at FedExForum.

Shane Battier added 15 points for Memphis, which has won seven of nine. The Grizzlies ended the game 37-of-80 (46 percent) from the floor, including 4- of-16 from beyond the arc.

The production of Williams and Miller was key considering the Grizzlies were without starting forwards James Posey and Pau Gasol. Posey was placed on the injured list before the game with a right Achilles strain, while Gasol went on the IL last Tuesday with a foot injury.

Memphis, which has won eight of its last 13 on the road, will open a three- game homestand Tuesday against Phoenix.

New Orleans, meanwhile, has lost three of its last four games on the heels of the team's first winning streak of the season. On Saturday the Hornets dropped a 93-83 contest in San Antonio. New Orleans had little chance down in Texas, where the Spurs have won 15 straight at home.

Dan Dickau had 16 points for the Hornets, who dropped their fifth straight and 20th game in their last 21 on the road. New Orleans is now a dismal 2-22 away from home this season.

Thankfully the Hornets are a bit better at home, checking in with 6-13 mark. They have won five of their last six at New Orleans Arena.

The Hornets will host Dallas on Wednesday.

Memphis defeated New Orleans, 84-76, on January 7 in Tennessee, and has won two straight in the series.

01/31 10:15:22 ET


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