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Wednesday, March 5th (All times eastern)

New Jersey Nets (26-34) at Memphis Grizzlies (14-46), 8 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The New Jersey Nets play the second of a five-game road trip when they visit the woeful Memphis Grizzlies tonight at FedExForum.

On Tuesday, Tim Duncan poured in 29 points and pulled down 12 rebounds as the defending-champion San Antonio Spurs easily disposed of the Nets, 81-70, at the AT&T Center.

Vince Carter contributed 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the loss for New Jersey, which has dropped two straight and five of its last eight games overall. Marcus Williams scored 16 off the bench, while Devin Harris netted 13 and handed out seven assists in defeat.

New Jersey, which is 11-17 on the road this season, will visit New Orleans on Friday, Dallas on Saturday and Houston on Monday in the finale of the swing.

Memphis hopes to avoid a season-worst 10th straight loss, as it opens a short two-game homestand. On Tuesday, Drew Gooden scored 21 points, pulled down 14 rebounds and blocked three shots to lead the Chicago Bulls in a 112-97 victory over the Grizzlies at the United Center.

Kyle Lowry ended with a career-high 24 points for Memphis, which has dropped nine in a row and 15 of its last 16 games overall. Darko Milicic tied a career-high with 21 points, while Rudy Gay chipped in 21 points and Javaris Crittenton scored 17 in the loss.

The Grizzlies are 10-21 at home this season. They will host Paul Pierce and the Boston Celtics on Saturday at FedExForum.

This is the second and final meeting of the campaign between the squads. On November 27, Mike Miller scored 19 points and handed out nine assists as the Grizzlies knocked off the Nets, 110-103, at the Izod Center.

New Jersey has lost six of its last eight at the Grizzlies.

03/05 10:48:29 ET


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