Memphis has taken full advantage of its schedule as its five straight wins have all come against opponents with losing records. The Grizzlies have beaten Denver, Cleveland, Toronto, New York and Chicago to match the longest winning streak in franchise history, which was set from February 13-20, 2001.
Pau Gasol scored 27 points on 11-of-15 shooting and Stromile Swift made all eight shots for 22 points as Memphis cruised to a 124-95 rout of Chicago on Wednesday. Swift also grabbed 10 rebounds for his fifth straight double-double.
Memphis center Lorenzen Wright has missed the last seven games due to the death of his 11-month-old daughter. Wright has practiced with the team and may play on Sunday.
Atlanta won has won three straight and six of its last seven games after Friday’s 107-104 victory over New York. Shareef Abdur-Rahim, a former member of the Grizzlies, poured in a season-high 33 points to lead the Hawks.
Glenn Robinson snapped a 104-104 tie with a clutch three-point play with three seconds to go. Robinson finished with 19 points for the Hawks, who converted 29-of-33 foul shots.
The Hawks are 11-2 all time against the Grizzlies and won both meetings last season. Abdur-Rahim averaged 22.5 points in the two victories for Atlanta.
Sunday’s game is the openr of a four-game road trip for Atlanta, which is 7-26 on the road.
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