MEMPHIS, Tenn., Feb. 1 (Ticker) --
Facing the high-octane Phoenix
Suns, Dahntay Jones
and rookie Antonio Burks
heroes for the Memphis Grizzlies.
Jones scored a career-high 17 points and Burks scored eight of
his season-high 10 in the fourth quarter as the Grizzlies
snapped the Suns' five-game winning streak, 108-97.
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"We take pride in situations like that, when we can step in,"
Jones said. "We did what we could to help get the win tonight."
With 3:05 left and the Grizzlies ahead, 99-92, mild-mannered
Suns guard Steve Nash
was ejected after picking up two quick
technical fouls from referee Jack Nies. Nash, who had seven
points and 12 assists, felt he had been fouled by Jason Williams
on a drive to the basket before his shot was blocked by
"I thought I was pushed a little too much going to the basket,
and I thought it was an obvious call," said Nash, who claimed he
was ejected for the first time in his life. "So I let (Nies)
know what I thought, but I didn't think there was enough time to
get two technicals. ... I mean, you never want to get two
technicals and thrown out with that much time left in a pretty
"Nash getting thrown out was crazy," Phoenix guard Joe Johnson
said. "We would rather have him in the game, but you can never
tell the outcome from one player. You have to give it to the
Grizzlies tonight. They played real hard."
Phoenix trailed, 76-63, with 2:41 left in the third quarter
before going on a 22-5 run to take an 85-81 lead on a 3-pointer
by Johnson with 9:11 left.
But Memphis - missing injured regulars Pau Gasol
, James Posey
and Earl Watson
- countered with a 13-4 burst to
take the lead for good. Burks, who played collegiately at
Memphis, capped the run with consecutive 3-pointers for a 94-89
edge with 4:41 left.
"I don't think (Burks) was on the Phoenix scouting report
tonight - in fact, I don't think he's on anyone's scouting
report," Grizzlies forward Shane Battier
said. "But it's
efforts like that that have been huge for us all year."
"My confidence is high regardless of whether I'm playing or
not," Burks said. "I mean, I really had nothing to lose
tonight. I just went out there and competed."
After Nash nailed a 3-pointer to make it 94-92 with 4:22
remaining, Mike Miller
countered with a runner and Jones a shot
from the arc, and the Grizzlies pulled away.
The Suns were held to fewer than 100 points after recording at
least 110 in six straight contests, and committed 16 turnovers
that led to 18 Grizzlies points.
led seven Grizzlies in double figures with 19
points and had eight assists. Lorenzen Wright
second straight double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds for
Memphis, which shot 46 percent (41-of-90).
Johnson scored a season-high 30 points and Amare Stoudemire
added 22 and 19 rebounds for the Suns, who had been 4-0 on a
six-game road trip.
"They are supposed to shoot in the low percentage and they came
out firing," Stoudemire said. "Give them credit. They played
well, well enough to beat us. That's all it is."