Grizzlies try to get on track against Heat

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(SportsNetwork.com) - The Memphis Grizzlies will try to start a new regular- season home winning streak Sunday evening when they welcome the Miami Heat to FedExForum.

The Grizzlies saw their 22-game home winning streak snapped on Friday night by the San Antonio Spurs, 107-101. It was the ninth straight victory for the defending champions over Memphis.

The Spurs raced out to a 13-2 start in this one and their lead was never less than four the rest of the way, but that was with 21 seconds left when the game was already decided.

Marc Gasol, who was a game-time decision with a right knee bruise, posted 28 points, 12 boards and four blocks. It was a torn MCL in the right knee that kept Gasol sidelined for two months last season. Memphis went 10-13 during his absence.

Mike Conley provided 23 points and 10 helpers, while Tayshaun Prince supplied 20 points off the bench for Memphis, which has lost two straight after coming into its last game Wednesday night with just two defeats on the season.

"Tip your hat to them. They're a good team and they made a lot of shots," Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger said.

Memphis still has the Dallas Mavericks and Charlotte Hornets on this homestand.

The Heat have dropped three in a row. Sunday's game will be No. 2 in a five- game road trip. Miami will visit the Phoenix Suns, Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz on the sojourn.

On Friday, the Heat fell to the Milwaukee Bucks, 109-85, at the Bradley Center. It was a tight game until the second half when the Bucks took a nine- point lead into the fourth, thanks to a 13-2 run that came mostly at the foul line.

The Bucks then outscored Miami 29-14 in the fourth, leading by double-digits all the way. They shot better than 64 percent in the quarter and over 56 for the game.

Miami had just one field goal in the final 6 1/2 minutes of the game, but Dwyane Wade blamed the loss on what happened at the other end, saying, "We're just not a good defensive team right now."

There were other problems, too. Milwaukee out-rebounded the Heat 45-20, with a 23-9 margin in the second half.

"They didn't miss that many shots," Wade laughed. "When you're hitting on 56 percent, there aren't that many rebounds out there."

Wade scored a game-high 28 points for the Heat and Chris Bosh had 21 in their second straight road loss.

The two teams have split the last 10 meetings, but Memphis has won three straight as the host in this series.