NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, January 18th (All times eastern)
Memphis Grizzlies (23-13) at New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets (18-19), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets target their fourth straight win this evening when they welcome the Memphis Grizzlies to the Ford Center.
This contest was originally scheduled to be played in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, but the Hornets moved it to Oklahoma City following poor attendance at a game played at LSU in December.
New Orleans' latest win came on Monday, as Chris Paul had 24 points, seven rebounds, six assists and four steals to lead the Hornets past Charlotte, 107-92, at Bobcats Arena.
Paul, playing in his first professional game in North Carolina since leaving Wake Forest last year, fell two points shy of a career high.
David West contributed a double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds while adding three blocks for the Hornets, who haven't won four in a row since December 2003.
Speedy Claxton added 15 points and Rasual Butler netted 13 in the win.
P.J. Brown scored 12 points with seven boards and five blocks before fouling out for New Orleans/Oklahoma City.
The Hornets, who will hit the road for three games after tonight's tilt, are 11-7 in their arena this season.
Memphis, meanwhile, comes in on a losing note after Pau Gasol had 25 points and nine boards to lead Memphis, losers of two straight.
Shane Battier and Mike Miller each scored 11 points for the Grizzlies, who stayed tough with the Spurs until the latter moments of the third when they missed 10 straight shots.
Memphis, which will also visit Philadelphia, Washington and Miami as part of a four-game road trip, is 10-7 away from home this season.
The Grizz topped the Hornets earlier in the season and has won five of the last six and seven of the last 10 meetings.
01/18 10:56:14 ET