Memphis (3-1) at Boston (1-2)

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  • Game info: 7:30 pm EST Wed Nov 9, 2005
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The Memphis Grizzlies look to match the best start in franchise history as they visit the Boston Celtics.

Memphis has won three straight games, including a 94-69 victory over Seattle on Tuesday in which Shane Battier and Pau Gasol scored 20 points apiece.

“We moved the ball well, and we were making the right plays on offense and also playing pretty good defense,” Gasol said. “The best thing is that we kept Seattle, one of the best and top offensive teams in the league, under 70 points. That’s pretty impressive.”

Memphis opened 4-1 in 2000-01.

As they did in their earlier wins, the Grizzlies relied on 3-point shooting, going 8-for-17 (47 percent)—the third straight game Memphis has shot at least that well from long range.

Boston is trying to avoid a three-game losing streak after a 107-105 overtime defeat at Charlotte on Tuesday.

The Celtics had several chances to take control of the game, but shot just 1-for-12 in overtime.

“This game, we had the win, and we gave it away,” Celtics coach Doc Rivers said.

Paul Pierce scored 32 points and Ricky Davis added 21 for Boston, which had a 10-point lead with 3:38 left in regulation.

“We should have put the game away,” Pierce said. “We had a double-digit lead, but they stayed close and then they pulled it out.”

STANDINGS (through Nov. 8): Grizzlies - 1st place (tied), Southwest Division. Celtics - 2nd place, 1/2 GB, Atlantic Division.

PROBABLE STARTERS: Grizzlies - F Battier, F Gasol, C Lorenzen Wright, G Damon Stoudamire, G Eddie Jones. Celtics - F Pierce, F Raef LaFrentz, C Mel Blount, G Davis, G Delonte West.

TEAM LEADERS: Grizzlies - Gasol, 25.7 ppg and 9 rpg; Stoudamire, 5.3 apg. Celtics - Pierce, 30.0 ppg and 8.0 rpg; Dan Dickau, 7.0 apg.

2004-05 SEASON SERIES: Tied, 1-1.

LAST MEETING: Feb. 16; Celtics, 90-88. At Boston, Davis’ 12-footer with 3.9 seconds remaining lifted the Celtics to the victory and salvaged a split in the season series.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Grizzlies - 1-0 on the road; Celtics - 1-1 at home.

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