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Saturday, November 3rd (All times eastern)

Indiana Pacers (2-0) at Memphis Grizzlies (0-1), 8 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Memphis Grizzlies try to get their first win of the season, as they conclude a season-opening two-game homestand against the Indiana Pacers tonight at FedExForum.

Last season, Indiana swept the season-series from the Grizzlies, 2-0. The Pacers have won two of their last three at Memphis.

Memphis opened the 2007-08 campaign with a tough loss at home. On Wednesday, Manu Ginobili scored 30 points and drained six straight free throws in the final 15 seconds to lead the defending world champion San Antonio Spurs past the Grizzlies, 104-101, in Marc Iavaroni's debut as the Grizzlies' head coach.

Pau Gasol finished with 22 points for the Grizzlies, who finished a league- worst 22-60 during the 2006-07 campaign and have lost seven straight home openers. Damon Stoudamire ended with 18 points, while Rudy Gay collected 16 points and six rebounds.

After tonight's contest, the Grizzlies embark on a three-game road trip. They will visit Seattle, Portland and Utah on the upcoming swing.

Indiana, which tries to win its first three games of the season for the first time since the 2004-05 campaign, plays its first road game of the new season. On Friday, Kareem Rush came off the bench to drain a pair of key three- pointers in the final two minutes as the Pacers edged the Miami Heat, 87-85, at Conseco Fieldhouse.

Danny Granger scored a game-high 25 points and pulled down nine rebounds for the Pacers, who won their 11th straight home game against Miami. Ike Diogu added 16 points off the bench and Mike Dunleavy chipped in 15 points and seven rebounds.

Jermaine O'Neal, who sat the Pacers' opener with a hyperextended left knee, returned to the lineup. The Pacers' All-Star scored 10 points, grabbed nine rebounds and dished out seven assists before fouling out.

The Pacers return home to host the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday at Conseco Fieldhouse.

11/03 10:35:09 ET


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