Monday , Dec , 19 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Grizzlies try to wrap up tough homestand with some wins

(Sports Network) – The Memphis Grizzlies will have their hands full on
Monday when they continue their five-game homestand against the always tough
Detroit Pistons at FedExForum. Memphis has won two straight in this series,
while Detroit has won nine of the last 12 meetings. The Pistons have won four
of their last six at the Grizzlies.

It will be the first of two meetings between the Grizzlies and Pistons this
season. Detroit is scheduled to host Memphis on January 27, 2006 at The Palace
of Auburn Hills.

The Grizzlies are 1-1 on their current homestand. On Saturday, Eddie Jones
scored 12 points and slammed home the go-ahead basket on a breakaway with 1:31
remaining, as Memphis earned a 91-87 victory over the Phoenix Suns in front of
its home crowd.

Mike Miller had 14 points and 11 rebounds in Saturday’s victory for the
Grizzlies, who snapped a three-game skid and beat the Suns for the fourth time
in the last five meetings. Pau Gasol added 14 points and seven rebounds, while
Shane Battier tallied 13 points and grabbed nine boards for Memphis, which won
despite being outrebounded, 60-45.

Memphis is 7-4 as the host this season. The Grizzlies, who lost to the Lakers
in the opener of the current stand, will also host Portland on Wednesday and
Chicago on Friday in the finale of the homestand.

The Grizzlies lost to Portland, 95-87, on November 22nd at FedExForum, while
they will be playing Chicago in the first of two meetings this season between
the squads.

Jones, who is averaging 12.5 points per game this season, has scored in
double-digits in 14 contests this season. The Temple product has struggled as
of late, averaging 10.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists in his last 10

Memphis is 14-8 and is four games behind the first place San Antonio Spurs in
the Southwest Division.