Saturday , Dec , 10 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Pacers closeout homestand against Grizzlies

(Sports Network) – The Memphis Grizzlies attempt to get back on the winning
track tonight, as they stop off in Indiana to take on the Pacers at Conseco

This is the first of two meetings between the clubs this season. Memphis is
scheduled to host the Pacers on March 21, 2006 at FedExForum.

The Pacers have won two straight and four of the last five meetings in this
series. The Grizzlies have lost all nine meetings at Indiana.

On Friday, Dirk Nowitzki scored 35 points and pulled down nine rebounds to
help the Dallas Mavericks defeat the Grizzlies, 90-83, at FedExForum. Dallas
outrebounded Memphis, 50-38, in the victory.

Mike Miller had 19 points and eight rebounds and Shane Battier chipped in with
17 points in the loss to Dallas for the Grizzlies, who had a six-game winning
streak stopped.

Memphis is 7-3 on the road this season. The Grizzlies have won three in a row
as the visitor.

Indiana plays the finale of a three-game homestand. Stephen Jackson scored 30
points to lead the Pacers over the Washington Wizards, 111-87, on Thursday at
Conseco Fieldhouse.

All-Star Jermaine O’Neal finished with 25 points and 10 rebounds in the win
over Washington for the Pacers, who ended a two-game slide and won for the
second time in their last five outings. O’Neal and Jackson combined to shoot
25-of-36 from the field for Indiana, which shot a blistering 59 percent from
the floor for the game.

On the injury front, Indiana forward Ron Artest (wrist) and guard Jamaal
Tinsley (groin) are doubtful for tonight’s game. Artest did not play against
the Wizards, while Tinsley has missed the last three contests.

The Pacers, who fell to Dallas, 84-75, on Tuesday in the opener of the current
stand, are 6-3 at home this season.