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Spurs visit Memphis in Southwest showdown

(SportsNetwork.com) - A pair of Southwest Division rivals clash Tuesday on Beale Street, where the San Antonio Spurs will visit the Memphis Grizzlies.

The Spurs have defeated the Grizzlies twice already this season and are 10-4 in the previous 14 matchups between the familiar foes. The Spurs posted a 102-86 victory in their last trip to FedExForum on Nov. 22.

San Antonio is aiming for its fourth straight road win and is 13-3 away from the Alamo City, where it registered a 116-92 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers the last time out on Saturday thanks to Tiago Splitter's season-high 22 points. However, Splitter sustained a shoulder sprain in the fourth quarter and is expected to miss the next three to five weeks.

The Spurs moved to 13-0 on the season when Splitter scores in double figures and 8-0 in games after a loss. New York won 105-101 on Thursday.

Tin Duncan had 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, while Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili scored 17 and 15 points, respectively, for San Antonio, which made 55.6 percent to make up for a lowly 4-of-18 showing from beyond the arc and had a 70-35 lead at halftime. The Spurs scored a season-best 76 points in the paint and had a season-high 34 assists.

"Our first half was great. We stopped a little bit (in the second half), but the first half was fun to watch. It was a very good first half," said Ginobili.

San Antonio has won seven of its last 10 games and ranks fifth in the NBA with 103.9 points per game on the road.

Memphis has alternated wins and losses in its previous seven games and closed out a three-game road trip (2-1) with Sunday's 112-84 win against Detroit.

The Grizzlies trailed by a 56-51 score at halftime, then came alive in the last two quarters, outscoring the Pistons, 61-28, for their biggest blowout win of the season. Jon Leuer matched a career-high with 23 points off the bench and Ed Davis tallied 17 and 11 rebounds.

Zach Randolph finished with 16 points and 16 boards for his 18th double-double in the last 24 games and both Tayshaun Prince and Mike Conley netted 15 points for the Grizzlies, who made 8-of-15 3-pointers and handed out a season-high 31 assists.

"Their offensive rebounding fuels their energy and fast break and when you take that away, you put yourself in a position to play good help defense," Prince told NBA.com. "We were able to do that in the third quarter and that was huge for us."

Memphis' bench outscored Detroit's reserves, 52-19, and is posting an average of 41.9 ppg in the last 12 games.

The Grizzlies will begin a four-game homestand Tuesday versus San Antonio, Phoenix, Atlanta and Oklahoma City, and are 7-11 at FedExForum. They set a franchise record with a 32-9 home ledger a season ago.

In injury news for Memphis, guard Tony Allen (hand) is questionable Tuesday and Marc Gasol, the reigning Defensive Player of the Year, is still nursing a balky knee.

01/07 09:46:29 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
 
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y= clinched division title
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Scoreboard
Local
Final
DUR 3
NOR 2
 
Final
PHI 1
ATL 0
Final
DET 7
CLE 5
Final
MIN 7
TOR 0
Final
TEX 8
SEA 6
Final
SFG 1
LOS 2
Final
SDP 1
COL 3
Final
PIT 11
MIL 2
Final
WAS 0
STL 8
Final
TAM 2
NYY 10
Final
MIN 9
TOR 5
Final
CWS 1
BOS 3
Final
HOU 1
KAN 5
Final
NYR 4
PHI 1
1st OT
STL 3
CHI 3
 
2nd Intermission
COL 2
MIN 4
 
1st Intermission
SJS 3
LOS 0
 
Final
DUR 3
NOR 2