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Sunday, January 7th (All times eastern)

San Antonio Spurs (23-11) at Memphis Grizzlies (8-26), 4 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The San Antonio Spurs try to halt a three-game losing streak when they visit the Memphis Grizzlies this afternoon at the FedExForum.

On Friday, Dirk Nowitzki poured in a season-high 36 points and Josh Howard came up huge with 18 points and 12 rebounds as the Dallas Mavericks knocked off the Spurs, 90-85, at the AT&T Center.

Manu Ginobili had 25 points in the loss to the Mavericks for the Spurs, who trail Dallas by four games for first place in the Southwest Division. Tim Duncan had 18 points, but was just 6-of-13 from the free-throw line.

Tony Parker added 15 points and Fabricio Oberto netted 14 for the Spurs, who are on their longest losing streak since March 20-23, 2005.

The Spurs are a solid 11-5 on the road this season. They return home to host the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday at the AT&T Center.

Memphis plays the third of a five-game homestand. Wally Szczerbiak scored 26 points as the Boston Celtics defeated the Grizzlies, 128-119, on Friday at the FedExForum.

Mike Miller and Pau Gasol scored 24 points apiece in the loss to Boston for the Grizzlies, who are 2-2 under interim head coach Tony Barone. Miller also had a career-high 14 assists, while Damon Stoudamire scored 17 points and handed out nine assists.

The Grizzlies are 6-10 at home this season. They are scheduled to host the Lakers on Tuesday and Minnesota on Friday in the final of the current homestand.

This is the second meeting of the campaign between the Grizzlies and San Antonio. On December 20th, Duncan scored 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds as the Spurs held off Memphis, 105-98, at the AT&T Center.

San Antonio has won two straight after losing its last four at Memphis. The Spurs have won five in a row in this series.

01/07 10:16:34 ET

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