Miami (9-16) at Memphis (14-10)

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  • Game info: 8:00 pm EST Fri Dec 19, 2003
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One week after ending the Memphis Grizzlies’ longest winning streak of the season, the Miami Heat are in position to end another run.

The Grizzlies look to avoid another letdown against the Heat, as they try to set the franchise record for consecutive home wins when the teams meet at The Pyramid.

Memphis had a six-game winning streak snapped by Miami in a 91-88 loss last Friday.

The Grizzlies now have an opportunity to earn their sixth straight home win, which would surpass the club mark that was set last season from Dec. 8-20. Memphis can also improve to five games above .500 for the first time in team history.

“Coaches are perfectionists. We think we are going to win every game,” Grizzlies coach Hubie Brown said. “We can’t let our guys look beyond games. All we ask our guys is to improve on defense each day.”

Shane Battier keyed a fourth-quarter rally with 11 points to help the Grizzlies defeat the Sacramento Kings 105-100 on Tuesday.

Six Memphis players scored in double figures as the Grizzlies beat the Kings for the first time since November 2001, a string of eight games.

Pau Gasol scored 22 points, James Posey had 16, and Earl Watson, Stromile Swift and Bonzi Wells scored 11. Swift added 10 rebounds and Watson handed out 13 assists. Battier, who hit three of his four shots in the fourth, had four of the Grizzlies’ 10 blocked shots.

Memphis point guard Jason Williams has missed nine straight games because of a strained upper back. He is doubtful for Friday’s game.

Grizzlies guard Mike Miller left Tuesday’s contest after twisting his ankle with about nine minutes left in the second quarter. He returned at the start of the second half, and is expected to play Friday.

Miami lost 87-76 to the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday. Dwyane Wade scored 22 points and Eddie Jones added 20 for the Heat, who had a four-game winning streak snapped.

The Heat, who started 0-7, had the longest winning streak in the Eastern Conference before falling to 2-12 on the road. It was the Heat’s first four-game winning streak since March 2002.

Wade continues to play well for the Heat. The rookie guard is averaging 25.6 points and shooting 58 percent (33-for-56) in his last three games.

STANDINGS (through Dec. 17): Heat - 4th place, 4 GB, Atlantic Division. Grizzlies - 5th place (tied), 1 1/2 GB, Midwest Division.

PROBABLE STARTERS: Heat - F Lamar Odom, F Caron Butler, C Brian Grant, G Wade, G Jones. Grizzlies - F Posey, F Gasol, C Lorenzen Wright, G Watson, G Miller.

TEAM LEADERS: Heat - Jones, 18.8 ppg; Odom, 9.0 rpg; Wade, 4.2 apg. Grizzlies - Gasol, 17.2 ppg and 8.4 rpg; Williams, 7.1 apg.


LAST MEETING: Dec. 12; Heat, 91-88. At Miami, Odom had 29 points and Wade scored 14 to lead the Heat.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Heat - 2-12 on the road; Grizzlies - 8-3 at home.

INJURIES: Heat - F Samaki Walker (ankle); C ZhiZhi Wang (back); F Jerome Beasley (back). Grizzlies - G Dahntay Jones (Achilles’); F Theron Smith (back); F Ryan Humphrey (concussion); G Williams (back).

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