Grizzlies go for 4-0 start, host Pelicans

( - The Memphis Grizzlies will try to remain undefeated this season when they welcome the New Orleans Pelicans to the FedExForum for a Southwest Division matchup.

The Grizzlies have done it on the defensive end, as expected, this season. After surrendering 101 points in the season opener against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Memphis has allowed 89 and 69 points since.

The 69 points allowed came in a two-point road victory Saturday night against the Charlotte Hornets in a game only a mother could love.

The Grizzlies big-man combo of Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph led the way. Gasol scored a game-high 22 points to go along with eight rebounds, while Randolph chipped in 12 points and 12 boards.

Whether it was good defense or bad offense, points were bard to come by. Both teams shot 36 percent from the floor and combined for 39 turnovers -- 20 coming from Charlotte.

"I am really proud of our guys. To go 2-1 on your first week, I'd be high- fiving you, but to go 3-0 and beating Indiana on the road is very good. Charlotte is a top-five team in the east," said Memphis coach Dave Joerger.

Courtney Lee sat out the game with concussion symptoms and could be available Monday night.

The Pelicans fell to 1-1 on the season after a 109-104 home setback to the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday.

Anthony Davis finished with 31 points, 15 rebounds and three blocked shots in a truly amazing performance. He is now second in the league in scoring at 28.5 ppg.

"(Davis) is a great player and he stuffs the stat sheet," Mavs coach Rick Carlisle admitted.

Jrue Holiday scored 24 points and Tyreke Evans narrowly missed a triple-double with 22 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists. Omer Asik managed 13 points and nine boards, while Ryan Anderson chipped in 11 off the bench.

The Pelicans fell down 14 at the half as they looked sluggish. New Orleans hadn't played since opening the season on Tuesday night, but it was a different Pelicans team in the second half.

New Orleans dominated the third quarter to the tune of a 37-20 scoring disparity. The Pelicans took the lead to start the last, but Dallas won the final 12 minutes, 23-15.

"I was really encouraged and excited by the way we played in the second half," Pelicans' coach Monty Williams said after Sunday's practice. "Maybe the three days off, four days off hurt us a little bit, I'm not sure. We have to learn to deal with that."

The Pelicans won three of four against the Grizzlies last season, including both trips to Beale Street.