Wednesday , Jan , 28 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Grizzlies go for ninth straight win

Memphis, TN (Sports Network) – The Memphis Grizzlies attempt to extend their
franchise-record winning streak to nine games tonight as they welcome Zach
Randolph and the Portland Trail Blazers to The Pyramid.

This is the third meeting of the season between the two squads. Both teams
have won once on its home court. The clubs were supposed to have met on
January 6, 2004 at Portland, but the game was postponed because of poor
weather in conditions and is scheduled to be made-up on March 3rd.

The Grizzlies continue their six-game homestand tonight. On Sunday, Bonzi
Wells scored 17 points and Pau Gasol added 15, as the Grizzlies extended
their winning streak to eight games with a 106-88 victory over the Denver
Nuggets at The Pyramid.

Memphis, which has also won a franchise-record seven straight at home, have
won a team record 10 games in a month.

The Grizzlies (25-18) are already within three wins of tying the team mark for
most victories in an entire season. Memphis is seven games above .500 for the
first time in team history.

Forward Shane Battier sat out Sunday’s game with a rib injury and is day-to-
day.

Memphis is an impressive 16-5 at home this season.

On Monday, Damon Stoudamire recorded a double-double with 18 points and 11
assists in leading the Trail Blazers to a 94-83 victory over the Washington
Wizards at the MCI Center. All 18 of Stoudamire’s points came on 6-of-8
shooting from three-point range, as the Blazers won on the road for just the
fourth time in 20 tries this season.

Randolph and Rasheed Wallace each scored 16 points in the win, as Portland
also improved to 7-0 all-time at the MCI Center. Wesley Person came off the
bench to post 12 points, while Derek Anderson and Darius Miles chipped in 10
each.

The Blazers have won two straight on the road.

The Grizzlies have won two of the last three contests with the Blazers. These
two teams have split the last six meetings at the Grizzlies.

POR MEM