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Wednesday, November 28th
(All times eastern)
Toronto Raptors (3-12) at Memphis Grizzlies (10-2), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Memphis Grizzlies welcome the Toronto Raptors to FedEx
Forum on Wednesday in a tale of two teams going in total opposite directions.
The Grizzlies are winners of 10 of their last 11, including two in a row.
Memphis is in the middle of a season-long, five-game homestand and they've
defended their building very well.
Dating back to last regular season, the Grizz are 17-1 at FedEx Forum and
Memphis owns the best record in the NBA based on winning percentage.
On Monday, the Grizzlies toppled the Cleveland Cavaliers, 84-78. Zach Randolph
and Marc Gasol led the way with 19 points apiece, but Randolph's stretch of 11
straight double-doubles was snapped when he only managed eight rebounds.
Jerryd Bayless started in place of Mike Conley, who missed the game with flu-
like symptoms. Bayless sealed the hard-fought victory with a late jumper and
some free throws.
"I have to give the guys a lot of credit. We worked hard tonight," Randolph
said. "They are a good team, better than what their record shows."
The Grizzlies are about as good as their record shows.
They are 10th in the league in scoring, third in opponents' scoring, second in
free-throw shooting and third in steals.
The Raptors limp into Memphis in the middle of a five-game losing streak,
including a 10-point loss Tuesday night to the Houston Rockets. Wednesday
night will be their fifth road game in their last six overall, and after a
quick trip home Friday to pack and take on the Phoenix Suns, the Raptors head
west for five games.
Against the Rockets, Andrea Bargnani led the way with 21 points and rookie
Terrance Ross, the eighth pick in this past summer's draft, scored 19 off the
bench in 35 minutes.
Four other Raptors scored in double-digits, but one of them was not Kyle
Lowry. He made his return to Houston after an offseason trade and notched
seven points on 3-for-10 shooting.
The Rockets shot 53 percent from the field and 50 percent from the 3-point
line en route to the easy victory.
"Houston outran us down the floor and our turnovers killed us," said Raptors
coach Dwane Casey, whose team committed 16 turnovers. "Houston shot the heck
out of the ball, but we caused some of that by our turnovers."
The Grizzlies are 14-5 in their last 19 against the Raptors, although Toronto
beat Memphis on the road last season.
11/28 10:42:34 ET