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Grizzlies face Pistons in first road contest of the season

Nov 4, 2006 - 3:21 PM Memphis (1-1) at Detroit (1-1) 7:30 pm EST

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan -- The Memphis Grizzlies used a big fourth quarter to win their last game. They hope it carries over to their next contest.

The Grizzlies will take on the Detroit Pistons in their first road game of the season on Saturday at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

Mike Miller scored 21 of his 27 points in a blistering fourth-quarter run and Hakim Warrick added 15 as Memphis posted a 96-83 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday.

Trailing, 70-60, after three quarters, Memphis outscored Charlotte, 36-13, in the final period, highlighted by a 22-2 spurt over the first 5 1/2 minutes.

The late charge helped the Grizzlies bounced back from a tough loss in their season opener Wednesday, when Miller missed a short jumper in the lane as time expired in a 118-117 setback in triple overtime to the New York Knicks.

Miller and his Memphis teammates will face the Pistons, who had a big second-half run of their own on Friday.

Richard Hamilton scored 27 points and Chauncey Billups added 20 and 11 assists as Detroit used a late surge en route to a 101-88 victory over the Celtics.

Although Boston grabbed a 76-75 advantage with 9:48 remaining off an 11-2 surge, Detroit responded with a 19-5 burst over the next 8:17 to capture the decisive lead.

The Pistons are 8-2 all-time against the Grizzlies at home.

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