Friday , Feb , 24 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Grizzlies try to get back on winning track vs. Spurs

(Sports Network) – The Memphis Grizzlies try to get back on the winning track
this evening when they play another Western Conference powerhouse in the San
Antonio Spurs at the FedExForum.

On Thursday, the Grizzlies blew a 19-point lead in falling to the Dallas
Mavericks, 97-87, at the American Airlines Center. Pau Gasol and Bobby Jackson
both netted 18 points for the Grizzlies, who saw their four-game winning
streak halted.

Chucky Atkins contributed 12 points while Shane Battier added 11 points and
seven rebounds in the losing effort.

The loss dropped Memphis to just 1-5 this season against Dallas and San
Antonio – the two teams ahead of it in the Southwest Division.

The Grizzlies, who will visit Minnesota on Sunday, are 17-8 in their arena
this season.

San Antonio, meanwhile, comes in on a winning note after Tony Parker tallied
30 points to help the Spurs rout the Seattle Supersonics, 103-78, on Tuesday
at the AT&T Center.

Tim Duncan recorded 13 points and 16 rebounds for the Spurs, who won for the
first time since losing two in a row before the All-Star break. Bruce Bowen
tallied 17 points, shooting 5-of-9 from three-point territory

Nazr Mohammed started in place of Rasho Nesterovic for the first time this
season and finished with 11 points and five rebounds in 21 minutes. Over his
last eight games, Mohammed is averaging 8.1 rebounds compared to Nesterovic’s
4.9 per game.

The Spurs, who return home for four games after tonight’s tilt, are 19-9 away
from home this season.

San Antonio has defeated the Grizz twice already this season and has won three
of the last four meetings. The Spurs have also won 14 of 18 as the road team
in this series.