MEMPHIS, Tenn., May 1 (Ticker) -- The Memphis Grizzlies should have asked the Phoenix Suns not to show up.

After banishing Bonzi Wells, the Grizzlies got off to a terrible start in a 123-115 loss to the Suns, who completed their first postseason series sweep in 10 years with their usual unstoppable attack.

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The eighth-seeded Grizzlies were totally overmatched as they fell to 0-8 all-time in the postseason. They surrendered an average of 113.8 points and were toyed with by the Suns, who earned themselves a week off.

"They're on a whole other level chemistry-wise. They're all on the same page and more focused than they were during the regular season," Grizzlies guard Earl Watson said.

"We've made it to the playoffs two years in a row and we've yet to win a game. But we'll get there," Grizzlies coach MikeFratello said. "We will grow and build."

Before the game, the Grizzlies announced that Wells had missed the pregame shootaround and would not come to the FedEx Forum for the game "by mutual agreement."

"We decided that it was in the best interest of both parties that he did not dress for this game," said Fratello, who declined to elaborate.

Although Wells had not played much in the series, the circumstance was a distraction. Grizzlies guard Jason Williams and forward Stromile Swiftwere among a handful of teammates who wore Wells' No. 6 wristband in support.

"It's a difficult situation with Bonzi and the team," Swift said. "It's hard playing all year with a guy and then all of sudden he's not playing. He's not out there. So we just wanted to show a little support to keep him up.

"I don't think (the benching) was fair, but it is what it is. Management calls the shots and you've got to do what they say. Me personally, I don't think it was fair. I wish he could have been here and played, trying to help us get a win."

After the game, Williams had to be restrained in the locker room following a confrontation with a Commercial Appeal columnist in which the player took the writer's pen and told teammates not to answer his questions.

"I'm telling you right now, don't do it," Williams told teammate Mike Miller. "You can answer TNT all you want."

The Suns pounced on a demoralized team, racing to a 39-20 lead after one quarter. Led by Joe Johnson, they made 12-of-18 shots, including 6-of-8 3-pointers.

"Great players make great shots, and those guys are a cohesive unit," said Grizzlies forward Dahntay Jones, who scored 14 points. "They're the best team in the league right now. They knock down shots that you can't do anything about."

Memphis fought back as Phoenix got lazy and pulled into a 64-64 tie early in the third quarter. The Suns immediately responded with five straight points, widening the lead to 91-82 entering the final period and held off the Grizzlies thereafter.

"It was a tough game for us tonight," Johnson said. "Memphis is an NBA team and we knew that they weren't going to lay down tonight. We made a run and then they would match it, but we were just too much in the end for them."

Johnson scored 25 points to lead six players in double figures for the Suns, who completed their first four-game sweep in franchise history and await the winner of the Dallas-Houston series. Phoenix swept a three-game set from Portland in the first round in 1995.

"It feels good," said Suns center Amaré Stoudemire, who had 18 points and seven rebounds. "This is the first time that I've ever been on a team that swept another team. But like I said, it doesn't matter who we play in the next round, we're going to be ready for them."

Steve Nash had 24 points and nine assists and Shawn Marion added 23 and 11 rebounds as Phoenix shot a blistering 60 percent (38-of-63), including 11-of-24 from the arc, and drained 36-of-49 free throws.

Memphis connected on 12-of-16 from the line, finishing the series with 68 free throws to Phoenix's 128.

"Here's the key - we don't foul. We practice that," Suns coach Mike D'Antoni said. "Other teams get into that, but we have the least amount of fouls in the league."

Pau Gasol scored 28 points and Williams added 20 and eight assists for the Grizzlies, who shot 50 percent (45-of-89).

Early in the fourth quarter, Memphis closed to 96-89 on a dunk by Stromile Swift - who was called for a technical foul for hanging on the rim.

On Phoenix's next possession, Marion made a layup while being shoved by Jones, who was called for a flagrant foul. Marion made 1-of-2 free throws and Stoudemire scored, completing a five-point possession for a 102-89 lead with 9:05 to play.

A jumper by Williams made it 108-102 with 4:38 remaining. Gasol failed to box out on a missed free throw which led to another foul shot for Quentin Richardson.

Williams made a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to 110-105 and again Gasol missed his assignment as Marion snuck inside for a layup that triggered a clinching 8-0 run.