Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 11/25

Game 1: Friday, November 25th
Game 2: Saturday, December 3rd
Game 3: Monday, January 30th
Game 4: Saturday, April 15th

Rockets 77

(15-29, 11-14 away)

Grizzlies 86

(26-18, 15-7 home)

    Coverage: FSSW

    7:00 PM ET, January 30, 2006

    FedExForum, Memphis, TN

    1 2 3 4 T
    HOU 24 15 16 2277
    MEM 21 22 25 1886

    Top Performers

    Hou: T. McGrady 23 Pts, 10 Reb, 6 Ast, 2 Stl

    Mem: P. Gasol 16 Pts, 11 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    Grizzlies hope to end recent slump against Rockets

    Houston (15-28) at Memphis (25-18) 8:00 pm EST

    MEMPHIS, Tennessee (Ticker) -- The Memphis Grizzlies need to string together a few victories in order to keep from falling further behind the elite teams in the Western Conference. A meeting with the shorthanded Houston Rockets seems like a good place to start.

    The Grizzlies look to win for just the third time in their last 10 games when they host Tracy McGrady and the Rockets on Monday.

    Memphis owned a 23-11 record on January 13 and seemed poised to compete with the Dallas Mavericks for the conference's No. 4 postseason berth and homecourt advantage in the first round.

    But the Grizzlies have struggled of late, dropping seven of their last nine.

    Memphis faltered down the stretch Saturday in losing a 95-86 decision to the New Orleans Hornets.

    Pau Gasol had 25 points and 16 rebounds and Bobby Jackson scored 22, but the Grizzlies shot just 6-of-28 (21 percent) from the arc and fell to 4-5 against Southwest Division opponents.

    They hope to even that mark against a Rockets squad which has been ravaged by injuries throughout the campaign.

    Houston dropped a 101-95 decision to the Miami Heat on Sunday and has lost 10 of its last 13.

    McGrady scored 37 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, but the Rockets could not overcome the absences of injured regular contributors Yao Ming, Derek Anderson and Jon Barry.

    Houston could get some good news Monday, however. Yao, who has missed 21 games with a left toe injury, could return. He is traveling with the team with a target return date of Wednesday against Minnesota but he could be ready against the Grizzlies.