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Wizards try to earn first road win against NBA's worst team

Nov 24, 2006 - 4:34 PM Washington (4-7) at Memphis (2-9) 8:00 pm EST

MEMPHIS, Tennessee (Ticker) - The Memphis Grizzlies may be bad right now, but the Washington Wizards haven't been any better, at least on the road.

Winless on the road, the Wizards try to end their struggles away from home in the finale of a three-game road trip against the Grizzlies on Friday.

Due in large part to the absence of Pau Gasol, Memphis has gotten off to an ugly start during the 2006-07 campaign. With Gasol nursing a broken foot until January, the Grizzlies are the league's worst team at 2-9 - 0-6 on the road - and have endured a seven-game losing streak.

Washington has been equally as bad on the road, dropping all six of its away games. The Wizards fell just short, 86-82, to the Houston Rockets on Wednesday. They overcame a 28-point first-half outing to draw within 72-71 in the final quarter, but went just as cold as the Rockets for more than a three-minute stretch.

Gilbert Arenas collected 26 points, seven assists and four steals and Caron Butler added 14 and 12 rebounds for Washington, which shot just 33 percent (28-of-84) from the floor.

Chucky Atkins scored 17 points and Mike Miller added 15 and seven assists, but the Grizzlies endured their eighth loss in nine tries following a 97-94 setback to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday.

Brian Cardinal, who made four 3-pointers and finished with 12 points, had his potential game-tying 3-point attempt blocked by Damon Jones as time expired.

The Wizards lost both meetings with the Grizzlies last season.

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