In their last game, the Memphis Grizzlies got a reminder of just how much more work their new up-tempo style needs.

The Grizzlies look to end a three-game skid Wednesday night when they host the Philadelphia 76ers in a matchup of teams with the worst records in their respective conferences.

Interim coach Tony Barone has switched the Grizzlies to a fast-paced offensive style since taking over for the fired Mike Fratello. The Grizzlies, whose 9-30 mark is the NBA's worst, are averaging 111.6 points per game under Barone but have gone 3-6.

Memphis got an up-close look at the league's best up-tempo attack in Monday's 137-122 loss to Phoenix. The Suns, the highest-scoring team in the league and the Pacific Division leaders, scored 44 points in the second quarter and outran the Grizzlies to earn the win.

"(The Suns) have been playing on the same page the last three or four years, since Steve (Nash) got there," Grizzlies point guard Chucky Atkins told his team's official Web site. "They pass the ball well. We have to read situations better. They're sharing the ball. They are comfortable with their system. They practice with each other every day and there's not even a second thought, or thought at all about each of their parts in the process."

Mike Miller led Memphis with 25 points and Pau Gasol added 23 for the Grizzlies, who combined with Phoenix to score 148 points in the first half. Memphis has lost five of its last six games, including a defeat at Chicago on Saturday in which it scored only 66 points.

"I thought we competed today," Barone told the team Web site. "I was not disappointed with our willingness to compete. I don't know if we always understand the level we have to compete at. Against this team, it has to be the highest level."

Barone also hopes his club can improve on the defensive end. The Grizzlies have given up at least 100 points in each of their last 15 games and rank near the bottom of the league with 103.4 allowed per contest.

"Our defense needs to be somehow shored up," Barone said. "It isn't good enough to just think you can run. If you're going to play this style of basketball you have to play defense. You have to get back and contest shooters."

The 76ers (10-28) have dropped six of seven, including Monday's 104-86 loss to Toronto. Andre Iguodala had a team-high 15 points for Philadelphia.

"We were just indecisive," said Samuel Dalembert, who had 13 points. "We have to get on the same page. We're hesitant on defense."

The Sixers, who traded disgruntled star Allen Iverson to Denver earlier in the season, watched Chris Webber agree to play with Detroit on Monday. Philadelphia cut ties with Webber on Thursday by buying out the final 1 1/2 years of his contract.

The 76ers have won the last two meetings with the Grizzlies after dropping four straight in the series.


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