Memphis (37-24) at Los Angeles (25-35)

  • Game info: 3:30 pm EST Sat Mar 6, 2004
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The Memphis Grizzlies will likely be without Lorenzen Wright, as they try to sweep the road season series from the Los Angeles Clippers for the first time in their history.

Wright strained his right knee in the first quarter of the Grizzlies’ 97-88 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday. The 6-foot-11 center, who appeared to be injured in a collision with Darius Miles, is averaging 9.6 points and 7.1 rebounds. Wright is expected to miss at least the next two games.

Memphis, which won at Los Angeles 108-107 in overtime on Jan. 11, is 5-11 all-time on the road against the Clippers.

The Grizzlies have won their last three and eight of 10 overall.

Bonzi Wells had 28 points against his old team, leading the Grizzlies on Wednesday. Pau Gasol added 25 points and 11 rebounds.

Los Angeles has lost three straight, including a 101-94 defeat by the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday.

Elton Brand scored 24 points for the Clippers, who faced the top team in the Eastern Conference one night after playing the team with the best record in the Western Conference—and came close to beating both. Los Angeles lost 113-106 to the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday.

“We’ve been playing hard against tough teams,” Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said. I’ve been pleased with our (defense). We just haven’t been finishing the game out.”

Quentin Richardson had 23 points and Corey Maggette 21. Richardson is averaging 21.2 points and 8.5 rebounds in his last four games.

The Clippers have dropped five of their last six games.

STANDINGS (through March 4): Grizzlies - 4th place, 7 GB, Midwest Division. Clippers - 6th place, 20 GB, Pacific Division.

PROBABLE STARTERS: Grizzlies - F Gasol, F James Posey, C Bo Outlaw, G Bonzi Wells, G Jason Williams. Clippers - F Maggette, F Brand, C Chris Kaman, G Richardson, G Marko Jaric.

TEAM LEADERS: Grizzlies - Gasol, 17.7 ppg and 7.8 rpg; Williams, 7 apg. Clippers - Brand, 20.7 ppg and 11.1 rpg; Jaric, 4.8 apg.

SEASON SERIES: Grizzlies, 2-0.

LAST MEETING: Feb. 11; Grizzlies, 110-102. At Memphis, Tenn., Gasol had 22 points and eight rebounds to lead the Grizzlies. Brand had 24 points and 15 rebounds for the short-handed Clippers

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Grizzlies - 14-16 on the road; Clippers - 17-13 at home.

INJURIES: Grizzlies - G Dahntay Jones (triceps); G-F Mike Miller (back); F Ryan Humphrey (concussion); C Wright (knee). Clippers - G Doug Overton (ankle); C Josh Moore (back).

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