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Grizzlies scorch Suns, 130-112
The Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Phoenix Suns, 130-112, Tuesday at FedExforum, sweeping the regular season series 3-0 and extending their win streak against Phoenix to four games.
The Grizzlies averaged 118.3 points per game against the Suns during the regular season.
Memphis enjoyed a stellar offensive evening, posting a season-high scoring total. It was the Grizzlies’ highest scoring game since scoring 135 against Minnesota on January 15, 2010. It also marked the eighth-highest scoring total in franchise history.
The Grizzlies’ 75 second half points fell two points shy of a franchise-high for points in a half (77 vs. Golden State, 1/3/07, second half) and marked the third-highest scoring half in franchise history.
Memphis also posted a season high for field goal percentage (.558, 48-86) and are now 9-0 when shooting 50 percent or better. The Grizzlies also scored a season-most 62 points in the paint.
For the second straight game, the Grizzlies were locked in a tight battle for the majority of the night but imposed their will late in the game. Leading 84-81 with 2:23 remaining in the third quarter, the Grizzlies went on a 16-4 run over a 4:16 stretch during the third and fourth quarters to stretch the lead to 15. The run came on the heels of a 38-point third quarter that tied a Grizzlies season-high for any period.
The Grizzlies posted their 29th game with 10-or-more three-pointers this season and have recorded a 23-6 record when achieving this mark.
For the second straight game, Mike Conley (29 points), Marc Gasol (28 points), and Zach Randolph (23 points) all scored 20-or-more points. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this is the first time the trio has ever done this in consecutive games. Memphis is now 4-0 this season when all three record 20-point games.
Shooting 10-of-16 from the field, Gasol connected on all five of his three-point field goals, tying his season high in three-pointers made. Randolph moved within two points of passing Earl Monroe (17,454) for 80th in NBA history for career points scored.
Eric Bledsoe led the Suns with 20 points and eight assists in 31 minutes. T.J. Warren (17 points), Alex Len (12 points), Marquese Chriss (11 points) and Alan Williams (11 points) also scored in double figures.
The Grizzlies play the first end of a Texas-sized back-to-back Friday, March 3 against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center at 7:30 p.m. CT. Catch all the action by tuning in to FOX Sports Southeast, presented by Pinnacle Financial Partners, or listen on 92.9 FM ESPN.
Key Stats of the Night
- The Grizzlies scored a season-high 130 points on a season-high .558 field goal percentage, their most in a single game since scoring 135 on Jan. 15, 2010 vs. Minnesota. Memphis’ 130 points tied the eighth-highest single-game scoring total for regular games in franchise history.
- The Grizzlies’ 75 second half points marked the third-highest total for either half in franchise history, falling just two points shy of a franchise-high (77 vs. Golden State, 1/3/07, second half).
Key Run of the Night
- Leading 84-81 with 2:23 remaining in the second half, Memphis outscored Phoenix 16-4 over the next 4:16 to stretch the lead to 15 points.
On having Mike Conley, Zach Randolph, and Marc Gasol playing so well the last few games: They’re doing it. I’m doing the same thing I’ve been doing. I’m running the same plays. I’m doing the same thing, so it’s just them taking it upon themselves to really be more aggressive and obviously I talk to them a lot about ‘you’ve got to be a little more selfish’, especially this time of year and that will help our role players be better players because it will draw so much attention. They’ve taken it to heart and I think they also understand the urgency of this time of year and so I can see all of three of them stepping up their game from that standpoint.-- Coach Fizdale
On the Vince Carter technical early in the game: I haven’t seen the replay yet. I couldn’t tell on the replay. Monty (McCutchen) really broke it down to me and said, ‘Fizz I watched that a bunch of times and I really didn’t want to kick Vince out of the game’, he said but it was just too much and so you know it is what it is. That’s all I can say, it is what it is and fortunately Vince is very rich and he can afford the fine. It was going to be one of those games and our guys understood that. They’re a young team trying to establish respect. We prepared for that. I know Earl Watson and he’s a tough cookie and he’s coaching those guys to be tough. They might be in a tough situation record-wise but Earl is going to develop those young guys and make sure they play hard, play the right way and also earn the respect. I just knew that team was going to come in here and fight for their respect and we were mentally prepared for that. It’s just unfortunate that we lost Vince in the process.-- Coach Fizdale
On how he feels coming back from the All Star break: Well we could have just drop kicked the first one because we didn’t come out from break in the Indiana game, we were still on All-Star Break that game. But the last two games, to win against speed is a good thing when we do that back-to-back. Speed has been kind of kicking our butt lately. Our guys are finally taking to heart the details of how to neutralize it and execute against it. We worked really hard against that and watched a lot of film on that and now we are starting to apply it and hopefully we can keep it up on the road.-- Coach Fizdale
On Zach Randolph receiving the “NBA Cares” award: I think that people don’t know Zach Randolph. We are talking about one of the biggest givers this league has ever seen. What he did, that’s a real charitable gift. That’s real for people, to pay peoples light bill and electric bill for a full year, that’s impactful to do that for people. I’m just really proud to be Z-Bo’s coach. I had a good relationship with him before I got here, but once I got here it’s hard not to love him for every reason, off the court, on the court, in the locker room. He’s just been an incredible citizen and he’s really made my job a lot easier.-- Coach Fizdale
On Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph being able to play physical: Again, they changed the match up they put on me. I thought we should have been a little smarter and played a little better... But defensively, I thought we were much more engaged, much more consistent. That is what will definitely set us apart from being an average or an above-average team to a really solid team that is heading into the playoffs and it allows you to grow. When you are consistent, it allows you to grow and sees the things that you are doing bad. When you’re not consistent, you just don’t know. You can’t really grow or improve because you just don’t know exactly you are going to get. I think the last two games, we were much more consistent defensively. We had a few mistakes but you can clean those up.-- Marc Gasol
On winning the NBA Cares Community Assist Award for January: It’s a blessing. It’s just important to me. Helping people is important. That’s how I receive my blessings. It’s a great thing.-- Zach Randolph
On he, Marc Gasol and Mike Conley leading the team: We have been doing it for a long time. Those guys are superstars, All-Stars. They lead and we just follow.-- Zach Randolph
- Memphis swept the regular season series with Phoenix 3-0 and extended its winning streak in the series to four.
- Shooting 12-of-25 (.480) from three-point range, tonight marked the 29th time Memphis has made 10-or-more three-point field goals in a game this season. The Grizzlies hold a 23-6 record when shooting 10-or-more from beyond the arc.
- Memphis’ 38 points in the third quarter tied a season high for points scored in any quarter this season and set a season-high for points scored in the third quarter.
- The Grizzlies shot a season-high 55.8 percent (48-86 FG) from the field.
- Mike Conley (29 points), Marc Gasol (28 points) and Zach Randolph (23 points) all scored 20-or-more for the second consecutive game. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it is the first time ever that all three have scored 20-or-more in consecutive games. The Grizzlies are now 4-0 when all three players record 20-point games. The trio combined to shoot 30-of-50 (.600) from the field.
- Conley recorded his 17th game with 20 points or more. Over his last two games, he is averaging 30.0 points on 19-of-35 shooting (8-of-15 3P).
- Marc Gasol knocked down all five of his three-point attempts, tying a career-high for three-pointers made. He is the sixth player in franchise history to attempt at least five three-pointers in a game and make them all.
- Zach Randolph posted 23 points, shooting 10-of-15 from the field, in 27 minutes off the bench. Randolph needs two more points to pass Earl Monroe (17,454) for 80th in NBA history for career points scored.