Wednesday , Jan , 21 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Grizzlies go for sixth straight win

Memphis, TN (Sports Network) – The streaking Memphis Grizzlies try to extend
their winning streak to six games tonight when they welcome the injury-plagued
Los Angeles Lakers to The Pyramid.

This will be the third meeting between the two squads this season. Memphis
defeated the Lakers, 105-95, on November 10, 2003 at The Pyramid, while LA
crushed the Grizzlies, 121-89, on November 23, 2003 at the Staples Center.

Memphis won six in a row earlier this season from November 29 to December 10,

On Monday, James Posey scored 11 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter to
lead Memphis to an 88-83 win over the Houston Rockets at The Pyramid. Pau
Gasol posted 24 points and 11 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who have won seven
of their last eight contests.

Mike Miller had a solid game for Memphis on Monday, finishing with 20 points
and five assists.

Memphis continued to add to its team record of most wins prior to the All-Star
break (22). The previous high was 14 in 1999-00.

The Grizzlies, who have won four in a row at home, are 13-5 as the host this

The injury-riddled Lakers, who have won seven of eight and 18 of the last 20
meetings with the Grizzlies, begin a three-game road trip tonight. LA was on
the wrong end of an 88-85 decision against the Phoenix Suns on Monday.

Kareem Rush scored 18 points and Bryon Russell added a season-high 17 points
in the loss for the Lakers, who lost for the second time in six games without
starters Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant and Karl Malone. Gary Payton delivered
14 points and nine rebounds.

O’Neal, Bryant and Malone are expected to be with the Lakers during all or
part of the three-game road trip that begins Wednesday night in Memphis. But
none are expected to play on the trip, which concludes Saturday night in Utah.
The Lakers visit the Dallas Mavericks for the middle contest of the road

LA forward Horace Grant is questionable for tonight’s game, as he has been in
Georgia with his ailing father.

The Lakers, who have lost seven straight as the visitor, are 6-10 on the road
this season.