Memphis (34-23) at Milwaukee (30-27)

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  • Game info: 8:30 pm EST Fri Feb 27, 2004
  • TV: WPXX, FSN
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Coach Hubie Brown and the Memphis Grizzlies hope to keep their tempers in check as they visit the Milwaukee Bucks at the Bradley Center.

Four players fouled out, and Brown was ejected for two of the five technical fouls called against the Grizzlies in a 99-92 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday.

”(Five) technicals is definitely uncharacteristic for our team and definitely hurt us,” said Brown after the Grizzlies had a five-game winning streak snapped.

James Posey led Memphis with 25 points and 10 rebounds. Lorenzen Wright and Bonzi Wells scored 14 each, and leading scorer Pau Gasol was held to 11 points on 3-of-9 shooting.

Posey has scored at least 20 points in three straight games, averaging almost 22 points over the last five.

The Grizzlies are 9-2 in February, moving them into the sixth playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Memphis has won three straight against Milwaukee, including a 105-85 victory at The Pyramid on Feb. 6.

The Bucks are coming off a 106-104 win over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday.

Michael Redd scored 26 points and Desmond Mason added 21 for Milwaukee, which won back-to-back road games for just the second time this season.

“For a team that has a road-heavy schedule in the second half, we’re getting off to a good start,” Bucks guard Damon Jones said.

Milwaukee, 9-19 on the road, is one of the East’s best home teams at 21-8.

The Bucks are slightly banged up heading into Friday’s contest. Forward Joe Smith left Wednesday’s game in the first quarter with an ankle injury, and Bucks guard T.J. Ford is expected to miss two to three weeks with a sprained neck.

STANDINGS (through Feb. 25): Grizzlies - 4th place, 7 1/2 GB, Midwest Division. Bucks - 4th place, 12 GB, Central Division.

PROBABLE STARTERS: Grizzlies - F Posey, F Gasol, C Wright, G Jason Williams, G Wells. Bucks - F Smith, F Mason, C Brian Skinner, G Jones, G Redd.

TEAM LEADERS: Grizzlies - Gasol, 17.7 ppg and 7.8 rpg; Williams, 7 apg. Bucks - Redd, 22.1 ppg; Smith, 8.6 rpg; T.J. Ford, 6.5 apg.

SEASON SERIES: Grizzlies, 1-0.

LAST MEETING: Feb. 6; Grizzlies, 105-85. At Memphis, Gasol had 27 points and 12 rebounds as the Grizzlies tied a franchise record with their 28th win. Redd led the Bucks with 20 points.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Grizzlies - 12-15 on the road; Bucks - 21-8 at home.

INJURIES: Grizzlies - G Mike Miller (back); F Ryan Humphrey (concussion); F Theron Smith (back). Bucks - G Ford (neck).

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