Sunday , Apr , 09 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Spurs need a win against Memphis

(Sports Network) – The San Antonio Spurs attempt to put the brakes on a two-
game losing streak when they welcome the streaking Memphis Grizzlies to the
AT&T Center.

San Antonio is one-half game ahead of the Dallas Mavericks for first place in
the Southwest Division and the top spot in the Western Conference, while
Memphis, which clinched a playoff spot on Saturday because of a loss by the
Hornets, is No. 6 and is one-half game behind the fifth-seeded Los Angeles

The Spurs play the third of a five-game homestand. On Friday, Dirk Nowitzki
scored 19 of his game-high 30 points in the second half, as the Mavericks
knocked off the Spurs, 92-86, at the AT&T Center.

Manu Ginobili tallied 22 points in Friday’s loss to lead the Spurs, who have
dropped back-to- back contests for the first time since mid-February. Michael
Finley and Nick Van Exel both scored 14 for San Antonio, which shot just 37.8
percent from the floor.

San Antonio is 31-6 at home this season. The Spurs will host Seattle on
Tuesday and Orlando on Thursday.

Memphis, goes for its fourth straight win. Pau Gasol had a game-high 33
points and 14 rebounds to lead the Grizzlies over the Milwaukee Bucks, 100-90,
on Friday at FedExForum.

Chucky Atkins posted 16 points, including 12 in the fourth quarter, and six
assists and Lorenzen Wright scored 11 and pulled down 10 boards in the win
over Milwaukee for the Grizzlies, who have won 10 of their last 13 games

The Grizzlies are just 16-21 on the road this season. They have dropped two in
a row as the visitor.

This is the fourth and final meeting of the season between the teams. The
Spurs won the three previous contests and have won four of the last five
meetings in this series.

These two teams have split the last six meetings at San Antonio, while the
Grizzlies have lost 13 of their last 16 as the visitor against the Spurs.