(Sports Network) - If you're expecting a high-scoring shootout, Saturday
night's contest between the visiting Memphis Grizzlies and Chicago Bulls won't
be for you.
The Grizzlies are second in opponents' scoring and seventh in opponents'
field-goal percentage. The Bulls are third in opponents' scoring and fourth in
opponents' field-goal percentage.
"They're a lot like us," said Grizzlies guard Mike Conley. "They play very
good defense and a very defense-minded team across the board. We have to find
a way to score the ball."
Memphis defeated the Sacramento Kings at home on Friday night, 85-69, holding
the Kings to season-lows in points (69), field-goal percentage (34.1 percent)
and assists (9).
Zach Randolph missed the game due to a strained lower back, but all five
starters registered double figures. Mike Conley led the way with 19 and Marc
Gasol chipped in 18 points and 10 rebounds.
Tony Allen had a great all-around game with 14 points, nine rebounds, six
assists and three steals. Rudy Gay contributed 13 points and Marreese
Speights, who started in place of Randolph, netted 10 points.
Friday's victory snapped a three-game losing streak for the Grizzlies.
"It happens. I've looked around the league and teams have been on losing
streaks in certain parts of the season," said Conley. "All the good teams have
gone through it. We're just going through a bad stretch and just trying to
find a way to get ourselves out."
The Bulls head back to Chicago the winners of three straight, including two in
a row on the road. Both road victories were overtime thrillers and Friday's in
Boston against the Celtics was no different.
Kirk Hinrich hit the 15-footer to put the game in overtime, then Marco
Belinelli's turnaround jumper with 3.1 seconds remaining in overtime lifted
the Bulls to their 12th road victory of the season.
"It was a dog fight. It's one of those games that was a war from the
beginning. It was kind of a like a roller coaster ride. We're just happy that
we made the last shot," said Rip Hamilton, who led the Bulls in scoring with
Hamilton may have led Chicago in scoring, but the Bulls best player was once
again Carlos Boozer. The big man scored 19 points and pulled 20 rebounds in
almost 43 minutes of action.
Boozer has been awesome in the month of January, averaging 23.4 points and
11.8 rebounds per game.
Joakim Noah added a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Belinelli,
Nate Robinson and Jimmy Butler all cracked the 10-point mark off the bench.
The Grizzlies bested the Bulls, 80-71 in Memphis on Dec. 17. The Bulls are 7-1
in their last eight in Chicago in this series.
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