The Memphis Grizzlies ended a five game home stand by beating the Detroit Pistons 90-78. They now head to Texas to face the rested and recently fined San Antonio Spurs.
The Memphis Grizzlies just keep winning, beating the Detroit Pistons Friday night 90-78 to extend their NBA best record to 12-2. The Grizzlies again got some balanced scoring from their starting five. Rudy Gay led the way with 18 points, while Mike Conley and Marc Gasol each chipped in 17 points. The win gave Memphis was their fourth in a five game home stand.
The Grizzlies head on the road next to face the San Antonio Spurs, who are coming off a 105-100 road loss to the Miami Heat, though the Spurs were missing six of their top players. The Spurs, playing their fourth road game in five nights, were fined $250,000 for sending Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Danny Green home to rest up for Saturday's game vs. the Grizzlies. NBA Commissioner David Stern said the move was violated a league policy against resting players in a manner contrary to the best interests of the NBA. The Spurs are also expected to get forward Kawhi Leonard back, who missed the Spurs six game road trip with a leg injury.
Elsewhere Friday night, the Oklahoma City Thunder also continued their winning ways, beating the Utah Jazz 106-94 in Oklahoma City. Russell Westbrook flirted with a quadruple double, putting in 23 points, 13 rebounds, eight assists and seven steals. Kevin Durant chipped in 25 points while Kevin Martin added 19. The win moved the Thunder to 13-4 on the season, good for a four game lead in the Northwest Division.
Saturday's schedule features the Dallas Mavericks looking to end a three game losing streak as they host the Pistons.