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Grizzlies hope to get back on track with Washington in town

(SportsNetwork.com) - The last time Washington Wizards star guard John Wall faced the Memphis Grizzlies he dropped a career-high 47 points on 13-of-22 shooting and sank 19-of-24 free throws.

The Wizards are hoping for a similar performance when they invade FedExForum Tuesday to take on the Grizzlies. Wall averaged 28.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists in two games versus Memphis last season. Both teams split a pair of meetings, but the Grizzlies are 11-4 in the last 15 encounters.

Washington has struggled on Beale Street, losing eight straight, 10 of 11 and 14 of the last 16 trips there.

However, the Wizards appear to be a much better team this time around and sit just a half-game off the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference. They have missed the playoffs in each of the past five seasons and will also visit Houston on this brief road trip before the All-Star break.

The Wizards went 3-2 on a recent homestand, which featured wins over Oklahoma City, Portland and more recently Sacramento. After losses to San Antonio and Cleveland, the Wizards handed the Kings a 93-84 defeat on Sunday behind 18 points from Nene and 17 out of Marcin Gortat.

Bradley Beal and Wall finished with 16 and 12 points, respectively, for the Wizards, who scored 26 points off 18 Sacramento turnovers. Washington shot 43 percent for the game and made only 8-of-21 3-pointers, but won for the ninth time in the last 15 tries.

"I'm happy with the win, but won't accept the way we played. I don't think we played a good game. That's a game we should have won by 30 points," said Wizards forward Martell Webster, who provided just eight points off the bench.

Washington averaged 104.0 points per game on the homestand and allowed 99.0 ppg. It hopes to convert that success on the road, where it has won nine of the past 13 games and owns a 12-12 mark.

The Grizzlies are back home after Sunday's 91-83 overtime loss in Cleveland.

Nick Calathes led Memphis with 17 points and has scored 10 or more in three straight games. He has started the past five games and is averaging 14.6 points in that stretch.

James Johnson and Zach Randolph scored 15 and 14 points, respectively, for the Grizzlies, losers in three of four games since winning 11 of 12. They made only 38.4 percent for the game. Courtney Lee scored 10 points.

Kyrie Irving led the Cavs with 28 points and Dion Waiters added 18.

"They are a talented team. They have a bunch of guys that can really score the basketball. I definitely think they're going to turn the corner in the last half of the season," Grizzlies coach David Joerger said of the Cavs.

Memphis is only three games out of a playoff spot in the talented West and will try to move its 13-14 home record to the .500 mark. The Grizzlies have one of the best defenses and are third in opponents' scoring (94.9 ppg).

02/11 10:22:51 ET

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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
 
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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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