Memphis, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - Mike Conley tied a career high with 31
points, 17 of which came in the second half, to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to
a 104-99 victory over the Phoenix Suns at FedEx Forum.
Conley, who poured in 30 points in Tuesday's 110-108 overtime loss to San
Antonio, finished 11-of-19 from the field and added seven assists in a second
straight outstanding performance.
"I feel like I'm just showing people what I can do," he said. "I'm just going
to continue playing and try to get wins and see what happens, because I have
no control over [the All-Star selections]. But I feel like I'm playing at an
all-time level right now."
Zach Randolph posted 20 points and 13 rebounds and Ed Davis amassed 10
points and 17 boards off the bench in the win, the Grizzlies' third in as
many meetings with the Suns this season.
"They are a tough team for us, for whatever reason," Suns head coach Jeff
Goran Dragic paced Phoenix with 21 points and eight assists, with Markieff
Morris tallying 17 points in defeat.
A tightly contested game throughout was deadlocked at 88-88 until Conley
buried a 3-pointer with 2:43 remaining. The standout point guard found Davis
for a successful jumper on the Grizzlies' next possession, then fed James
Johnson for another trey that capped a pivotal 8-2 run that put Memphis up by
six with 1:40 left.
"Mike Conley made a bunch of great plays at the end of the game," said
The Suns got the deficit down to four on three occasions down the stretch,
the last coming on a Dragic runner that pulled Phoenix within 100-96 with 28.1
seconds to go. Mike Miller hit two from the line on Memphis' ensuing trip,
however, and Courtney Lee followed with two game-sealing free throws after the
Suns' Channing Frye was off the mark on a long-range jumper.
Memphis trailed by double digits early on after an 8-0 run sent the Suns ahead
by a 25-15 count eight minutes in. The Grizzlies countered with a 10-2 burst
to close the gap, and the game remained close until the Suns began to create
some separation towards the end of the first half.
A Marcus Morris 3-pointer ignited a 7-2 spurt that extended Phoenix's lead to
51-44 with three minutes left in the second quarter, and the Suns carried a
55-48 advantage into the break behind 13 points from Dragic and 10 from Frye.
Phoenix owned a 71-64 lead midway through the third quarter before missing 11
of its next 12 field goal attempts, enabling the Grizzlies to end the period
on a 10-3 run that forged a 74-74 tie entering the final frame.
Conley also had 31 points against Philadelphia on Mar. 7, 2009 ... Davis' 17
rebounds bettered a career best set twice previously, most recently at Houston
while with Toronto on Feb. 28, 2012 ... The Suns dropped to 5-6 when guard
Eric Bledsoe, who underwent knee surgery on Friday and is sidelined
indefinitely, is out of the lineup ... Memphis shot 48.8 percent from the
floor compared to a 41.3 percent clip for Phoenix, improving the Grizzlies to
15-4 when outshooting their opponent this season.
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