Saturday , Dec , 31 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Grizzlies target third straight win against Seattle

(Sports Network) – The Memphis Grizzlies try to make it three straight wins
this evening when they close a four-game road trip against the Seattle
SuperSonics at KeyArena.

On Friday, Mike Miller scored 23 points to lead Memphis over the Portland
Trail Blazers, 93-90, at the Rose Garden.

Pau Gasol added 18 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, while Shane
Battier went for 17 points and registered nine boards to help the Grizzlies
capture their fourth win in five games.

However, the win was a costly one, as guard Damon Stoudamire suffered what is
believed to be a season-ending knee injury. Stoudamire ruptured his right
patella tendon after slipping and crashing to the floor late in the second
quarter on a drive. He was wheeled off the court on a stretcher and will
undergo surgery pending an examination by team doctors in Memphis.

Memphis, which will return home for two games after tonight’s contest, is 9-5
away from home this season.

Seattle, meanwhile, comes in on a winning note after Ray Allen scored a
season-high 39 points and Rashard Lewis added 27 to lead the Sonics over
Denver, 112-105, on Thursday at the Pepsi Center.

Ronald Murray tallied 18 points and grabbed six rebounds for Seattle, which
won for the second time in three games. Damien Wilkins recorded 12 points,
eight assists and seven boards, as the Sonics used an 11-2 run midway through
the fourth to go ahead for good.

Seattle is one of just five NBA teams averaging more than 100 points with
101.6 per game.

The Sonics, who will start a five-game road trip on Monday, are 8-8 in their
arena this season.

Memphis defeated Seattle earlier in the year, but has dropped six of seven to
the Sonics. The Grizzlies have also lost two straight in Seattle, where they
are a dismal 1-17 all-time.

Seven of the last eight matchups in this series have been decided by six
points or less.