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Postgame Report

Postgame Report: Grizzlies fall to Suns 128-97 to finish home stand

by Memphis Grizzlies

Key Stat of the Night

  • The Phoenix Suns drained a franchise-record 24 threes (24/46; 52%) while the Grizzlies only managed to drop 5/33 (15.2%) from behind the arc.

Key Run of the Night

  • The Suns trounced the Grizzlies with a 23-4 run spanning from the final 6:23 minutes of Q1 until 10:32 of Q2 to jump to an early 32-15 lead. The Suns would lead by more than 14 for the rest of the contest.

Game Recap

The Memphis Grizzlies’ offense fell flat in the final game of a week-long home stand, losing to the Phoenix Suns 128-97 on Saturday at FedExForum.

Devin Booker scored 23 points while Dario Saric tallied a season-high 19 points. Chris Paul had 16 points and six assists to pass to move up to sixth on the all-time NBA assist list (9,891), passing Oscar Robertson (9,887).

Gorgui Dieng led the Grizzlies with 15 points and Jonas Valanciunas recorded his 15th double-double of the season with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Justise Winslow scored nine points with seven rebounds in his highly anticipated return to the court after being sidelined for over a year due to multiple injuries.

Rookies Desmond Bane and Xavier Tillman Sr. were deployed in the starting lineup for the Grizzlies. It was the Chris Paul show in the first quarter, however, after a slow offensive start for both teams. Paul’s eight points and two assists led the Suns to a 26-8 run and comfortable lead in the first quarter.

The Suns only added to the lead in the second quarter while the Grizzlies continued to struggle finding any offense. Phoenix shot 50 percent from the field and went 13-for-25 from three while the Grizzlies managed to make only one of their 18 3-point attempts in the first half. The Suns took a 65-34 lead into the half.

The Grizzlies came back with a short run to start the second half, but pinpoint shooting from all over the court helped the Suns maintain the dominant lead until the final horn.

Next Game

The Grizzlies will head to the Lone Star State to face the Dallas Mavericks on Monday, Feb. 22. Tip off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. CT.

Team Quotes

Player Notes

  • Gorgui Dieng led the Grizzlies with 15 points and four rebounds.
  • Jonas Valanciunas recorded his 15th double-double of the season with 10 points and 12 rebounds.
  • Justise Winslow scored nine points with seven rebounds in his Grizzlies debut.
  • Devin Booker scored a team-high 23 points.
  • Dario Saric tallied a season-high 19 points.
  • Chris Paul had 16 points and six assists to pass to move up to sixth on the all-time NBA assist list (9,891), passing Oscar Robertson (9,887).

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