Oklahoman Published: February 10, 2007
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Hornets cautious not to overlook Grizzlies
With their next two games against Memphis, the NBA's worst team, the Hornets are cautious not to overlook the Grizzlies heading into tonight's game at the Ford Center.

Before Friday night's games, the Grizzlies had lost four straight and were just 3-21 on the road. The Hornets, meanwhile, are focused on not having a letdown after winning seven of their past eight home games and pulling within a game and a half of the playoffs.

"We definitely feel like they're make-up ground games for us,” said forward David West. "We got to come out and take advantage of the opportunity. We've got two out of three at home in this next week, so we've definitely got to take care of home.”

The Hornets defeated the Grizzlies by three points in the teams' first meeting of the season on Dec. 22 at the Ford Center. Grizzlies center Pau Gasol gave the Hornets fits, scoring 28 points with nine rebounds in only his fifth game of the season because of a foot injury. Before Friday night, Gasol, who is averaging 21 points and 8.5 rebounds, had scored 29 points or more in four of his last five games.

"Gasol is playing great, and (forward Mike) Miller is shooting the crap out of it,” said Hornets coach Byron Scott.

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