Suns Unable to Shoot Past Grizzlies
After an impressive first half, the Suns let the Grizzlies catch fire in the third and fourth quarters resulting in a 110-91 loss in Memphis Tuesday.
With Phoenix virtually healthy, Memphis played its second straight game without Zach Randolph, who had ingrown toenail surgery.
The Grizzlies were also without Marc Gasol who is out indefinitely with a left knee strain.
Thus, Jon Leuer and Ed Davis received increased playing time for Memphis – and they didn’t disappoint. Leuer scored a career-high 23 points while Davis added 21 points and 12 rebounds.
The two combined to shoot 18-of-24 shots from the field while seven Memphis players finished in double figures.
Phoenix erupted for 35 points in the second quarter, but was able to muster just 37 total points in the entire second half.
“The second half was terrible,” Jeff Hornacek said after the game. “We need to be able to fight over screens. We weren’t playing great in the first half; we missed some 3-pointers we typically make and gave them some life going into halftime with the shot they hit.
“They came out in the second half and turned it up.”
The Grizzlies shot 55 percent from the floor compared to the Suns’ 43 percent. Memphis also dominated the paint with 56 points in the area while Phoenix had just 36.
Marcus Morris led the Suns with 18 points, Goran Dragic added 16 and Miles Plumlee had 11.
“We gave up 35 points in the third quarter,” Hornacek added. “We’re not going to beat anyone by giving up 65 points in a half. We need a better effort on defense and need to be tougher.”
Phoenix travels to Houston to face the Rockets on Wednesday to complete their back-to-back road trip.