Tuesday , Dec , 26 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Grizzlies, Wizards meet at Verizon Center

(Sports Network) – The Memphis Grizzlies try and stop a three-game losing
streak tonight when they pay a visit to the Washington Wizards at the Verizon
Center.

Memphis, the NBA’s worst team, suffered a 100-97 loss to the Utah Jazz on
Saturday at FedExForum. Mike Miller netted a game-high 28 points on 10-of-20
shooting and 6-of-13 from the charity stripe for the Grizzlies, who have
dropped nine of 10 and 12 of their last 14 games.

Dahntay Jones contributed 14 points, while Pau Gasol scored 12 and Damon
Stoudamire finished with 11 points in defeat. The Grizzlies, who are 15 games
off the lead in the Southwest Division, will attempt to improve their 2-14
road record on Tuesday evening.

Meanwhile, the Wizards have won two in a row, five of six and eight of their
previous 10 games.

On Friday Washington posted a 144-139 overtime victory against the red-hot
Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center. Gilbert Arenas poured in 54 points and
buried a big three-pointer with 30.7 seconds left in overtime. He had a
franchise-record 60 points in a 147-141 overtime in over the Los Angeles
Lakers last Sunday.

Caron Butler posted 34 points and 10 rebounds for the Wizards, while DeShawn
Stevenson recorded 18 points and six boards to help end the Suns’ franchise-
record 15-game winning streak. Antawn Jamison had 15 points and 12 rebounds,
and Brendan Haywood added 14 points and 12 boards in the victory.

Washington, which is 1 1/2 games off the pace in the Southeast Division, lost
to Memphis on November 24 this season by a 95-80 score at FedEx Forum. The
Grizzlies have won three straight, five of seven and six of the last nine
meetings with the Wizards.

Memphis has won two of its last three trips to Washington.

WAS MEM