Memphis plays tough defense and is third in opponents' scoring at 92.4 ppg.
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) -
The Memphis Grizzlies have established themselves as the best in the West and will put their impressive start to the test Wednesday against Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center.
Memphis will also visit Portland, Sacramento and Houston on the upcoming road trip and have dropped back-to-back road games following a 4-0 start away from home. The Grizzlies defeated LA's other team, the Clippers, on Sunday by a 107-91 score and were led by Marc Gasol, who had 30 points on 13-of-18 shooting, and grabbed 12 rebounds.
Courtney Lee and Tony Allen scored 13 and 12 points, respectively, for Memphis, which shot 49.4 percent and had a 52-32 rebounding advantage.
Geography yields no respect
By Jim Brighters, NBA Editor
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) -
You probably know that the two NBA teams with 12 wins are the Memphis Grizzlies and Toronto Raptors.
They are both great teams, built with strong rosters and defensive mentalities.
They were also bounced in the first round of the playoffs last season. Same goes for the Houston Rockets, who flew out of the gate this season, but are still near the top of the Western Conference standings.