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MEM@PHX: Postgame press conference 3.30.19

Hear what Head Coach J.B. Bickerstaff had to say immediately following the Grizzlies’ 120-115 victory over the Suns on Saturday at Talking Stick Resort Arena.

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MEM@PHX: Postgame press conference 3.30.19

Hear what Head Coach J.B. Bickerstaff had to say immediately following the Grizzlies’ 120-115 victory over the Suns on Saturday at Talking Stick Resort Arena.
Mar 30, 2019  |  01:51

Grizzlies @ Suns highlights 3.30.19

Catch the action from Saturday night’s 120-115 win at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix.
Mar 30, 2019  |  01:57

MEM@PHX: Jonas Valanciunas walkoff interview 3.30.19

Rob Fischer catches up with Jonas Valanciunas after tonight's road win and career high 34 points over the Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena.
Mar 30, 2019  |  01:05

Jonas Valanciunas 34 points @ Suns 3.30.19

Jonas Valanciunas nets a career high 34 points and 20 rebounds in the match against the Suns.
Mar 30, 2019  |  01:17

Delon Wright drills the trey

Watch Delon Wright drill the trey to complete the Grizzlies 18-point comeback.
Mar 30, 2019  |  00:09

Bruno Caboclo arcs in a rainbow as time expires

Watch Bruno Caboclo make it rain with buzzer-beating floater.
Mar 30, 2019  |  00:12

Tyler Dorsey finds Ivan Rabb for the pick-and-roll

Watch Ivan Rabb put it up and in off of a Tyler Dorsey assist.
Mar 30, 2019  |  00:12

Justin Holiday steals and slams

Watch as Justin Holiday reaches in for the sta
Mar 30, 2019  |  00:12

Jonas Valanciunas battles Ayton to the rim

Watch as Jonas Valanciunas uses brutal force to fight pass Deandre Ayton up the lane.
Mar 30, 2019  |  00:12

Postgame Report: Grizzlies Complete Biggest Comeback of the Season to Sink Suns, 120-115

by Memphis Grizzlies

Game Recap

The Memphis Grizzlies recovered from an 18-point deficit to defeat the Phoenix Suns, 120-115, on Saturday night in Talking Stick Resort Arena. The Grizzlies’ previous largest comeback was 16 points and came on March 5 when, just like tonight, they came back from an early second-quarter deficit against the Trail Blazers to win 120-111. Memphis improved to 31-45 on the season and 11-26 on the road. Phoenix dropped to to 17-60 on the year and are now 10-28 on the road. The Grizzlies won the season series 2-1, and snapped a three-game losing streak in Phoenix.

Memphis attacked the offensive boards, outrebounding Phoenix 15-7 on the offensive glass which led to a 25-10 advantage in second chance points.

Jonas Valanciunas logged his sixth-straight double-double, finishing with a career-high 34 points and 20 rebounds (11 offensive), and tying a team-high five assists. Valanciunas’ previous career-best scoring performance occurred 10 days ago, when he had 33 points vs. Houston. Valanciunas becomes the fourth player in franchise history to record 30+ points and 20+ rebounds in a game, joining Zach Randolph (three times), Shareef Abdur-Rahim (once) and Lorenzen Wright (once). Valanciunas also becomes the first NBA player to post 30+ points, 20+ total rebounds, 10+ offensive rebounds and 5+ assists in a game since current teammate Joakim Noah did it for the Chicago Bulls on Dec. 7, 2012.

Mike Conley finished with 33 points and five assists. Conley now has nine-straight games with at least 20 points, marking the longest streak in the team’s tenure in Memphis, and the longest in franchise history since Abdur-Rahim had 10 consecutive 20-point performances for Vancouver in February 1999. Conley also now has nine 30-points games this season. Justin Holiday scored 14 points and had a pair of steals. Bruno Caboclo chipped in with 12 points and six boards. Caboclo has now scored in double-digits in three consecutive games. Tyler Dorsey added 11 points and five assists. Dorsey has reached double figures in three of his last five games. All five starters scored in double-digits tonight, while Delon Wright added 11 points and a career-high five steals off the bench. Wright previously had recorded four steals in a game on five different occasions in his career prior to tonight.

Phoenix outshot Memphis in the game, going 43-for-81 (12-28 3P) from the floor while the Grizzlies finished 41-for-89 (8-25 3P). The Grizzlies defense forced the Suns into 20 turnovers, converting them into 24 points, while committing 11 turnovers of their own which led to 10 Phoenix points. The Grizzlies worked their way inside, outscoring the Suns 58-50 in the paint and earning trips to the free throw line, sinking 30-of-40 (.750) free throws throughout the game.

Devin Booker led all scorers with 48 points, with half of them coming in the first quarter, and dished out a game-high 11 assists. Booker entered tonight having scored at least 50 points in his last two games, and now has 11 double-doubles this season. Deandre Ayton recorded his 39th double-double of the year, finishing with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Rookie Mikal Bridges added 10 points and four rebounds, while reserve Josh Jackson also scored 10 points.

Wright hit a three with 8:06 left in the game – his only one of the night – to put Memphis up 98-95, giving the Grizzlies their first lead since the 6:52 mark of the first quarter. With just under four minutes left, Conley connected on a three at the top of the key to put the Grizzlies up 109-106. That trey was part of an 8-2 run to help put Memphis up 114-107. Phoenix would hit three triples in the last 1:03 to stay within arm’s reach, but Valanciunas imposed his will throughout the quarter, scoring 14 points and pulling in six rebounds (three offensive) to preserve the Grizzlies’ win.

Memphis improved coming out of halftime, shooting 14-for-26 (.538) from the floor in the third quarter, but Phoenix was more efficient by making 11-of-16 (.688) shots. The Grizzlies muscled up on the boards, owning a 4-1 edge in offensive rebounds to outscore the Suns 12-1 in second chance points in the third to narrow Phoenix’s lead to 92-88 heading into the fourth quarter.

Phoenix made over half their shots in the first half, going 24-for-45 (6-15 3P) from the field. Memphis struggled in the half, shooting 17-for-44 (.386) overall and just 3-of-12 (.250) from three. The Suns committed twice as many turnovers as the Grizzlies during the half (8-4), but also had more than twice as many assists (15-7). Booker scored 28 points in the half (24 in the first quarter) and Ayton already reached his double-double for Phoenix, while Conley had 14 in the half to lead Memphis.

Memphis had a sluggish start to the game, shooting just 8-for-24 (2-7 3P) from the field while Phoenix was 14-for-23 (4-9 3P). Booker in particular was rolling, as he scored 24 in the first quarter by making 9-of-11 (2-3 3P) shots. Booker’s 24 points were the most in any quarter in a Grizzlies game this year. Phoenix went on a 13-2 run over a 3:58 span late in the period to build a 38-23 lead.

Trailing by 18 early in the second quarter, the Grizzlies used a 13-4 run to trim the Suns’ lead to single-digits, 50-41, with 5:22 left before halftime. The Grizzlies defense forced seven turnovers during the second quarter, scoring nine points off of the Suns giveaways. A quick Valanciunas steal led to Wright layup in the last two seconds of the quarter that was later called off, but Memphis made 12-of-14 (.857) free throws in the period to cut the deficit to 62-54 at halftime.

Next Game

The Grizzlies will wrap up the back-to-back when they face the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday, March 31 at 9:30 p.m. CT at Staples Center. Tune in to FOX Sports Southeast presented by Pinnacle Financial Partners or listen on 92.9 FM ESPN to follow the action

Team Quotes

Player Notes

  • Jonas Valanciunas logged his sixth-straight double-double, finishing with a career-high 34 points and 20 rebounds. Valanciunas becomes the fourth player in franchise history to record 30+ points and 20+ rebounds in a game, joining Zach Randolph (three times), Shareef Abdur-Rahim (once) and Lorenzen Wright (once). Valanciunas is averaging 29.5 points and 16.6 rebounds in his last six games.
  • Mike Conley finished with 33 points and five assists. Conley now has nine-straight games with at least 20 points, marking the longest streak in the team’s tenure in Memphis, and the longest in franchise history since Abdur-Rahim had 10-straight 20-point performances for Vancouver in February 1999. Conley also now has nine 30-points games this season.
  • Justin Holiday scored 14 points and had a pair of steals.
  • Bruno Caboclo chipped in with 12 points and six boards. Caboclo has now scored in double-digits in three consecutive games.
  • Tyler Dorsey added 11 points and five assists. Dorsey has reached double figures in three of his last five games.
  • Delon Wright added 11 points and a career-high five steals off the bench. Wright previously had recorded four steals in a game on five different occasions in his career prior to tonight.

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