Final Score: Phoenix 82, Memphis 80
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Goran Dragic's layup with 0.5 seconds left
lifted the Phoenix Suns past the Memphis Grizzlies, 82-80, on Wednesday.
Rudy Gay missed a jumper with 8.6 seconds remaining and Markieff Morris
corralled the rebound and Phoenix quickly called a timeout.
Following the timeout, Dragic took the pass from out of bounds and drove to
the basket, but was cut off by Marc Gasol. Dragic, though, shook the big man
with a spin move and dropped it in with just 0.5 showing.
The Grizzlies lobbed a pass near the basket in an attempt to tie the game
before time expired, but the ball was swatted away and the Suns held on for
their first win since Nov. 27.
Dragic finished with 12 points and eight assists while Jared Dudley and
Shannon Brown added 15 points apiece for the Suns, who snapped a seven-game
"It was a much needed win, obviously for us and once again it was against a
real quality team," said Suns coach Alvin Gentry. "I thought our defense was
really good. We struggled offensively, but I thought are defense was
really good. We did a good job."
Gay poured in a game-high 21 points to go with 11 rebounds and Zach Randolph
chipped in with 18 points and 10 boards for the Grizzlies, who have dropped
two straight and three of five overall.
"We were not running our plays. We couldn't score. We were playing decent
defense and getting stops but offensively we were not executing," Gasol said.
"We were not cutting at the right time, we were passing the ball too late. And
it is hard to win when you don't execute."
The teams traded blows over the first 7 1/2 minutes of the final quarter until
Marcin Gortat's hook shot put the Suns up 80-76 with just over four minutes to
Gay countered with a reverse slam to pull the Grizzlies within 80-78, and
after going three minutes without a basket, Gay buried a 19-foot turnaround
jumper to knot things up at 80 with 46.8 seconds left.
Memphis led 27-21 after the first 12 minutes. Randolph dropped in 10 points in
the frame after going 5-for-7 from the field. The Suns shot just 34.8 percent
from the floor in the period.
The Suns cut it to 46-43 at the break after holding the Grizzlies to just 7-
of-21 shooting in the period before tying the game at 63-all after three
quarters of play.
The Suns have overcome five double-digit deficits this season ... Phoenix has
won three straight at home versus Memphis. The home team has won the last five
games of the series .... The Suns held the Grizzlies to a season-low 34 points
in the second half ... Gasol had 15 points for Memphis.
12/13 00:29:14 ET
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