Wins have been hard to come by for the Memphis Grizzlies this season, but they never seem to have any problems against the Charlotte Bobcats.
The Grizzlies try to win consecutive games for the first time in nearly two months and remain perfect against the Bobcats when the teams meet Saturday in Charlotte.
After finishing a league-worst 22-60 last season, Memphis (11-28) is in the midst of another disappointing year. The Grizzlies are last in the Southwest Division, and own the third-worst record in the Western Conference.
Despite last season's struggles, the Grizzlies managed to sweep the two-game season series over the Bobcats, improving to 6-0 all-time against the franchise which entered the league in 2004.
Memphis won last season's games by an average of 10.5 points, and has outscored the Bobcats by an average of 12.0 points in three wins in Charlotte.
Pau Gasol, who is averaging 22.8 points and 9.2 rebounds in five career games against the Bobcats, scored 24 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in Friday's 124-100 win over Seattle.
"It can't just be a one-game blowout and then lose four close ones,'' said Gasol, who is averaging 26.8 points, 13.3 rebounds and shooting 61.8 percent in his last four games. "It doesn't work that way. So, we've got to be confident in every game that we play. We've got to play hard together as we did today and come up with wins.''
Memphis snapped a five-game losing streak with Friday's victory. The Grizzlies have won back-to-back games only once this season, on Nov. 24 and 27. They are 6-19 since then.
Mike Miller had 25 points while shooting 6-for-9 from 3-point range on Friday. He is averaging 20.0 points in five career games against Charlotte.
Memphis forward Rudy Gay sat out Friday's game with flu-like symptoms. Gay, who had 30 points and nine rebounds in Tuesday's 132-124 overtime loss to Cleveland, could return for this game.
Bobby Jones started in place of Gay on Friday, and had the first double-double of his career, finishing with career highs of 20 points and 13 rebounds.
"I had a good game. I'm not going to lie,'' said Jones, who is with the Grizzlies under a 10-day contract. "I'm not trying to get excited, but I had a good game.''
The Bobcats (15-24) lost 112-84 to New Orleans on Friday, their most lopsided defeat since falling 94-63 to Philadelphia on Nov. 7.
"From the first play of the game they went right at us,'' Charlotte guard Jeff McInnis said. "We started the small lineup, so Gerald (Wallace) was kind of undermanned down there with those big guys.
"In the second half, we went with our big lineup, but it really looked like it didn't make a difference.''
Wallace, who is averaging a team-high 21.3 points, had just 12 points Friday after combining for 76 in his previous two games. He is averaging 19.5 points and 10.0 rebounds in his last four games against the Grizzlies.
Dallas and Phoenix are the only two other teams the Bobcats have never defeated.
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