If the Memphis Grizzlies and Indiana Pacers live up to their reputations, points may be hard to come by Monday when the NBA's top two defensive teams meet in Indianapolis.
Memphis (19-8) ranks first in the league allowing an average of 90.1 points and improved to 12-2 when holding opponents below 43.0 percent shooting after beating Denver 81-72 on Saturday.
The Grizzlies, who have given up more than 100 points only twice, ended a two-game skid that included a dismal 121-96 loss to Houston on Dec. 22 that marked their worst defensive performance points-wise over the last two seasons.
''It was just important to get a win,'' coach Lionel Hollins said. "We had lost two in a row, and we needed to get back to playing our game.''
Memphis also hasn't scored 100 points while going 6-5 over its last 11, though Rudy Gay helped break open a tight contest by scoring eight of his game-high 19 points in the fourth quarter Saturday.
Gay is averaging 27.3 po...