NBA Game Summary - Memphis at Phoenix
(Monday, November 10th)
Final Score: Phoenix 107, Memphis 102
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Leandro Barbosa scored 27 points off the bench, making rookie O.J. Mayo's scintillating 33-point performance for naught, as Phoenix staved off Memphis, 107-102, at US Airways Center.
Amare Stoudemire scored 18 points with six rebounds, Steve Nash totaled 12 points and six assists and Boris Diaw added 13 points. Shaquille O'Neal donated nine points and five rebounds, while new father Raja Bell collected 10 points for Phoenix, which has won five of its last six games.
Phoenix has won nine straight in the series.
Mayo was aided by Rudy Gay's 20 points and Marc Gasol's 15 points. Gay and Darrell Arthur each grabbed seven rebounds, while the rookie out of Kansas, Arthur, also scored 10 points.
The Grizzlies tied the game at 100-100 on Mayo's layup with 2:12 to play, and Gay's tenacity allowed him to slam home his own wild miss for a two-point edge with 1:30 on the clock.
Barbosa hit the big shot at the big time, planting himself in the left corner and draining a three-pointer for the 103-102 advantage with 43.8 ticks left.
"There were a few plays that they outhustled us on," said Mayo. "And Barbosa hit a big time shot in the corner. They made some plays down the stretch and our team doesn't have a lot of years, we've got to work on finishing games down the stretch."
Gasol committed a turnover and Nash made both free throws with 18.6 seconds remaining, and Mayo's last look at a tie was off the mark with approximately six ticks left in regulation.
Nash made two more free throws, and Phoenix slipped out victorious.
The game was tied 19-19 after one stanza and knotted at 44-44 after 24 minutes. Phoenix then made its big move in the third period.
After Mayo's three gave Memphis a 51-50 edge, the Suns embarked on an 18-4 stretch to take a 13-point advantage. Three straight triples by Bell, Diaw and Nash capped the march with 4:33 on the clock.
Diaw's layup moments later extended the lead to 72-57, and Phoenix led 82-70 after three quarters.
"We took our foot off the pedal a little bit," said Bell. "They have one of those teams where they're really talented across the board and if you give them an ounce of life that's all they need to get their confidence going and we gave them that. We have to be better when we have teams down, it's been like that for the last few years, but we have to keep them down and deliver that knockout blow."
Phoenix shot 48.7 percent from the floor, while Memphis made 44.2 percent of its shots...Mayo dished out five assists in defeat...Phoenix has won five straight home games from Memphis...Attendance 18,422.
11/11 01:45:04 ET