Grizzlies welcome Pistons to FedExForum
(Sports Network) - The Memphis Grizzlies will have their hands full tonight 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.
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 and Chicago on the homestand.
Detroit enters tonight's game on a three-game winning streak. On Saturday, Chauncey Billups led a balanced attack with 21 points and 12 assists to pace the Pistons past the Charlotte Bobcats, 103-78.
All-Star Ben Wallace contributed 13 points, 13 rebounds and four blocked shots in the win over Charlotte for the Pistons, who have won nine of their last 10 games overall. Richard Hamilton ended with 15 points and Tayshaun Prince scored 14 for Detroit, which shot 51.2 percent from the floor and snapped a two-game skid against the Bobcats.
Maurice Evans had 11 points, while Rasheed Wallace added 10 points and 10 boards for Detroit. With a record of 18-3, the Pistons are off to their best start in franchise history after 21 games.
The Pistons are 11-2 on the road this season. They return home on Tuesday as they will host the Portland Trail Blazers in the opener of a five-game homestand. Detroit is also scheduled to play Golden State, San Antonio, Toronto and Miami on the upcoming stand.
This is 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.DET MEM