Chicago (4-15) at Memphis (9-14)

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  • Game info: 8:00 pm EST Wed Dec 15, 2004
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The Chicago Bulls try for their first road victory over the Memphis Grizzlies in nearly seven years when the teams meet for the first time this season.

Chicago won the first seven meetings in the series with the Grizzlies, including three straight in Vancouver after the franchise joined the NBA for the 1995-96 season.

The Bulls, however, have lost five straight on the road in the series since a 103-85 win at Vancouver on Jan. 27, 1998. Chicago has lost all three of its visits to Memphis since the Grizzlies relocated there for the 2001-02 season.

The Bulls, who have dropped eight of nine on the road this season, are coming off a 94-93 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Monday.

Chicago’s Ben Gordon hit a 3-pointer from the corner to give the Bulls a 93-91 lead with 12 seconds left, but Michael Finley hit a 17-foot jumper with 3.2 seconds left as Dallas sent Chicago to its fifth loss in seven games.

The Bulls committed 22 turnovers and went to the free-throw line 12 times, making just seven of the attempts.

“We beat ourselves,” Chicago coach Scott Skiles said. “It is difficult to win when one player on the other team makes more free throws than your team shoots. Those are very difficult odds to overcome.

“We played very hard we just did not play very smart. Plays get magnified because we fumbled the ball throughout the game.”

Memphis lost for the second time in three games Monday, falling 92-86 at home to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Grizzlies blew a nine-point lead in the third quarter and were held to just 13 points in the final period.

Memphis coach Mike Fratello, 4-3 since talking over the team on Dec. 2, said the Grizzlies struggled on defense.

“Defensively, we were nowhere,” Fratello said. “When they got down by eight or 10, they just dug in and turned the game around, and we just kind of wilted there at the end.”

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