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Streaking Spurs jingle into Memphis

(SportsNetwork.com) - The San Antonio Spurs will try for a ninth consecutive victory on Friday night when they visit FedExForum to take on the suddenly hot Memphis Grizzlies.

The Spurs haven't lost since Nov. 2 in Portland. Since that setback, San Antonio has won four straight on the road by an average of 17.75 points per game.

The Spurs, who swept the Grizzlies in the Western Conference Finals last summer, won their eighth straight with a 104-93 home win over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday. San Antonio trailed in the third quarter, but came through with a ninth straight win.

Tony Parker paced the Spurs with 19 points to lead six players in double figures. Kawhi Leonard, Tim Duncan, Tiago Splitter, Danny Green and Boris Diaw also cracked the 10-point mark. Splitter grabbed 10 rebounds.

The Spurs march into Memphis on Friday to play a much-improved Grizzlies team. San Antonio, which is third in the NBA in opponents' scoring, beat Memphis by seven in Alamo City on opening night.

"They're a better team now than when we played them and beat them earlier," Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said of Friday's opponent. "It will be a really good test."

Memphis just swept a four-game western trip with wins over the Los Angeles Lakers, Sacramento Kings, Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors to get over .500 on the season.

Last season, the Grizz were one of the league's best home teams, but so far in the 2013-14 campaign, Memphis is just 3-2 at home with losses coming to the New Orleans Pelicans and Toronto Raptors.

Also, last season, the Grizzlies were an elite defensive unit with the Defensive Player of the Year (Marc Gasol) and a first-team All-NBA defender (Tony Allen). This season, Memphis has inched up to sixth in opponents' scoring.

"Defensively we played a lot better for longer stretches," Gasol said of the road trip.

The Grizzlies held their four opponents to an average of 88.75 ppg. The Warriors only managed 81 points in Memphis' overtime victory Wednesday night.

With Allen suspended for kicking Chris Paul in the head on Monday, the Grizzlies held the Warriors under 20 points in three quarters.

Zach Randolph played up to his All-Star form from a season ago on Wednesday with 21 points and 12 rebounds. He averaged 24.25 ppg and 12 rpg during the four-game trip.

Gasol scored 18 points, grabbed 11 boards and blocked four shots against Golden State. Mike Conley added 19 points and committed zero turnovers.

The Grizz and Spurs have alternated regular-season wins and losses over the last four and Memphis has won two straight at home against San Antonio in the regular season.

11/22 10:33:18 ET

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Standings

2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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Scoreboard
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Final
CHR 4
DUR 8
 
11:05am Today
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7:00pm Tonight
MIA
CHA
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PIT 1
CIN 4
Final
CLE 2
KAN 8
Final
WAS 2
ANA 7
Final
TOR 9
BAL 3
Final
DET 8
CWS 6
Final
ATL 0
MIA 1
Final
TAM 7
MIN 3
Final
BOS 3
NYY 9
Final
NYM 0
STL 3
Final
CHC 9
ARI 2
Final
MIL 1
SDP 2
Final
COL 2
SFG 1
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OAK 4
TEX 5
Final
SEA 2
HOU 5
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LOS 2
PHI 3
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MIA
 
2:20pm Today
CHC
ARI
 
3:10pm Today
COL
SFG
 
3:35pm Today
OAK
TEX
 
3:40pm Today
SEA
HOU
 
7:05pm Tonight
PIT
CIN
 
7:05pm Tonight
CLE
KAN
 
7:05pm Tonight
WAS
ANA
 
7:07pm Tonight
TOR
BAL
 
7:08pm Tonight
DET
CWS
 
7:10pm Tonight
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MIN
 
7:10pm Tonight
BOS
NYY
 
7:10pm Tonight
NYM
STL
 
8:10pm Tonight
MIL
SDP
 
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Final
IND 101
ATL 85
Final
TOR 100
BRK 95
Final
CHI 99
WAS 101
7:00pm Tonight
MIA
CHA
8:00pm Tonight
SAN
DAL
9:30pm Tonight
HOU
POR
Final
MON 4
TAM 3
Final
DET 0
BOS 3
Final
PHI 1
NYR 4
Final
LOS 3
SJS 4
7:00pm Tonight
CLB
PIT
8:00pm Tonight
DAL
ANA
9:30pm Tonight
CHI
STL
Final
CHR 4
DUR 8
 
11:05am Today
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