Memphis (32-22) at Chicago (16-39)

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  • Game info: 8:30 pm EST Sat Feb 21, 2004
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Add yet another franchise record to the Memphis Grizzlies’ surprising 2003-04 resume.

One day after moving 10 games above .500 for the first time in team history and setting the club record for wins in February, the Grizzlies take on the lowly Chicago Bulls at the United Center.

Pau Gasol had 17 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high eight blocked shots in the Grizzlies’ 97-92 win over Phoenix on Friday. Memphis earned its seventh win in February, surpassing the previous team mark set in the 1999-00 and 2000-01 seasons.

The Grizzlies are in sixth place in the Western Conference standings, two games behind Dallas and 2 1/2 back of the Los Angeles Lakers.

James Posey had a team-high 18 points Friday for the Grizzlies, who won their third straight overall. Gasol’s previous career high for blocks was seven against the Suns last season.

Memphis’ Stromile Swift scored 17 points, and Jason Williams and Bonzi Wells each had 11, but the backcourt mates shot a combined 10-for-24 from the field.

The Grizzlies played without guard Mike Miller, who will miss the next four games after being placed on the injured list with back spasms.

Miller, who has averaged nearly 12 points and four assists this season, consulted with team physicians Wednesday. He left in third quarter of the Grizzlies’ 109-92 win over Dallas on Tuesday.

In his place, the Grizzlies activated rookie Troy Bell. One of their two first-round picks, Bell has appeared in two games this season and has been active for 18 of 53 games after being placed on the injured list twice with tendinitis in his left knee.

Chicago had its two-game winning streak ended Friday with a 91-83 loss to Sacramento.

Jamal Crawford led Chicago with 23 points and Eddie Robinson added 16. Kirk Hinrich had 15 points and 10 assists, but the Bulls failed to earn their first three-game winning streak of the season.

Bulls coach Scott Skiles has said swingman Kendall Gill could be activated this weekend, possibly for Saturday’s game. Gill has been on the injured list since Jan. 25 with a strained Achilles’ tendon.

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