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                    === Grizzlies play host to Warriors ===
 
 (Sports  Network) -  Two  of the  best  teams in  the  Western Conference  are
 struggling  a  bit, but  one will get  on track Friday  night when the Memphis
 Grizzlies host the Golden State Warriors.
 
 The  Grizz  have lost  two in a  row and are  1-2 with newly-acquired forwards
 Tayshaun  Prince and Ed  Davis. They fell at home to the lowly Phoenix Suns on
 Tuesday, then lost in Atlanta 103-92 on Wednesday.
 
 Against  the  Hawks, Prince only  managed six points  and Davis tallied two in
 just  under 10 minutes  of action. All-Star Zach Randolph led the way with 20,
 while  Marc Gasol,  Mike  Conley  and Jerryd  Bayless  also  scored in  double
 figures.
 
 "We weren't playing our game," acknowledged Gasol. "They ran at us every time,
 and  they put a lot of pressure on the ball. It hurts even more to get beat at
 your  own  game, and get  outworked. Obviously,  we're struggling a little bit
 right now, but we're going to fight and figure it out."
 
 Memphis has dropped three of its last four and in that span, allowed 95.3 ppg.
 That's almost six points more per game than they average, and against Atlanta,
 the Hawks shot 51.4 percent from the field and 41.7 from long range.
 
 Due  to  some poor  play on  their own  end, coupled  with the Denver Nuggets'
 surge,  the  Grizzlies have  fallen to  fifth in  the Western Conference. Just
 below  them rank  the Warriors, who have lost  two in a row, both on the road,
 after a four-game win streak.
 
 Golden State started its four-game sojourn with a historically bad loss to the
 Houston Rockets. On Tuesday, the Rockets matched an NBA record with 23 made 3-
 pointers  and  the Warriors didn't take  kindly to it. Mark Jackson instructed
 his  players to foul the Rockets so they couldn't tie the mark. Draymond Green
 of  Golden  State got  ejected after a  little scrum, but  the final score was
 140-109.
 
 The  very next  night, the  Warriors  traveled to  Oklahoma City  to face  the
 Thunder.  Kevin Durant and company jumped on the Warriors by winning the first
 quarter,  34-22, then  taking  the second,  33-27. The  final  ended up  being
 119-98.
 
 "We  didn't win  and we didn't play particularly well," Jackson said after the
 Thunder  loss. "I thought we battled. I thought in spurts we played very good,
 but  overall what it  takes to beat this team, especially in that building, is
 48  minutes  of solid basketball on  both sides of the  ball and we did not do
 that."
 
 David Lee (12 points, 11 rebounds) and Steph Curry (14 points, 11 assists) had
 double-doubles  for  the Warriors  and Klay Thompson  and Harrison Barnes both
 scored 19 apiece.
 
 The  Warriors  allowed 64  points in  the paint on  Wednesday and committed 19
 turnovers, including six from Curry, which led to 29 Thunder points.
 
 The  Warriors will finish off their road trip Saturday at Dallas and have lost
 the first two meetings with Memphis this season. The Grizzlies are unbeaten in
 eight straight matchups with Golden State, which has dropped seven in a row at
 FedEx Forum.
 
 
 02/08 10:53:44 ET