NBA Game Summary - Phoenix at Memphis
(Tuesday, February 1st)
Final Score: Memphis 108, Phoenix 97
Memphis, TN (Sports Network) - Jason Williams scored 19 points and handed out eight assists to lead Memphis to a 108-97 win over Phoenix at FedExForum.
Dahntay Jones chipped in 17 points and Stromile Swift scored 16 for the Grizzlies, who have won three straight games. Lorenzen Wright posted 12 points and a team-high 13 rebounds in the win.
"I am happy for the group of guys," Memphis coach Mike Fratello said. "They hung in there and found contributions from everyone. We had seven guys score in double figures, and we were really sharing the ball. We were even staying with (Phoenix) on the glass."
Joe Johnson scored a game-high 30 points and had six assists for the Suns, who had their five-game winning streak halted. It was Phoenix's first setback since point guard Steve Nash returned to the lineup following a six-game slide -- all without Nash.
Amare Stoudemire netted 22 points and hauled in 19 boards while Shawn Marion went for 15 points and 14 rebounds in the loss.
Phoenix trailed 79-75 after three quarters, but rallied and claimed an 85-81 advantage on Johnson's three-pointer early in the fourth. However, the Grizzlies showed a bit of resiliency as Jones' three gave the club an 88-87 lead with around six minutes left.
Memphis then took over in the waning minutes as they extended the advantage to 99-92 on another three by Jones. Following the three, Nash missed a jumper at the other end and then immediately proceeded to begin arguing about what he thought should have been a foul on the play.
Nash was given a double technical foul and ejected for his verbal tirade and the Suns never recovered without their floor general.
"I told (Jack Nies): 'That's a foul' with an expletive, then comma: 'What the expletive is going on out here,'" Nash said. "I didn't have time, I thought, to get two technicals. I was in the middle of my first sentence, and he had already given me two. It was pretty quick on the trigger."
The Grizzlies quickly scored the next five points to grab a 104-92 lead with around 1 1/2 minutes left and Phoenix did not get any closer than seven points the rest of the game.
Nash, an MVP candidate, finished with only seven points and 12 assists.
Memphis held a 31-29 lead after a tight first quarter and began the second period with seven of the first nine points to open up a seven-point edge. However, the Suns came back and used an 8-0 run, keyed by six from Stoudemire, to seize a 39-38 lead near the midpoint of the quarter.
Phoenix extended its lead and carried a 49-45 lead into the locker room.
Johnson netted 12 points in the first half, while Wright had 10 points to pace the Grizzlies in the opening 24 minutes.
Memphis came out on fire to begin the third quarter. The Grizzlies scored 18 of the first 28 points in the period, keyed by five from Shane Battier, to grab a six-point edge. Jones' basket with around 7 1/2 minutes remaining in the frame made it 63-57.
The lead rose to 73-61 on Battier's three-pointer moments later, but Phoenix closed out the quarter on a 13-6 run to pull within 79-74 after three.
Phoenix took 37 three-pointers and made only 11, while the Grizzlies were 12- of-22 from behind the arc...Memphis improved to 16-8 at home this season, while the Suns fell to 19-7 on the road...The Grizzlies have also posted wins in 10 of their last 11 at the FedExForum...Phoenix lost for the first time on its season-high, six-game road swing. The Suns, though, have never swept a six-game road trip in the franchise's history...Phoenix failed to score at least 120 points for the first time in five games...Memphis leads the season- series 2-1, although it has dropped 23 of the last 30 meetings.
02/02 00:21:10 ET