NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Monday, November 10th (All times eastern)
Memphis Grizzlies (3-4) at Phoenix Suns (5-2), 9:00 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Phoenix returns to the Valley of the Sun on Monday after a four-game road trip when they welcome the Memphis Grizzlies to US Airways Center.
The Suns finished the productive trip 3-1 when Shaquille O'Neal found the fountain of youth Saturday in Milwaukee. The veteran center had 29 points, hauled in 11 rebounds and doled out four assists to lead Phoenix past the Bucks, 104-96.
Amare Stoudemire poured in 24 points for the Suns, who have won four of their last five games. Steve Nash chipped in 16 points and seven helpers, while Grant Hill had 13 points and 11 boards.
"When I get a lot of attempts I'm just going to keep shooting," O'Neal said after the game. "Guys are looking for me. Coach kept calling my name. We were just trying to make them double-team and they weren't doubling. If they did I was just trying to kick it out to my teammates."
The Grizzlies dropped a 100-90 decision in Denver to the Nuggets on Sunday, the third leg of a tough four-game road swing of their own.
Rookie O.J. Mayo had a game-high 31 points and hauled in eight boards for the Grizzlies, who have alternated wins and losses for all seven games this season. Rudy Gay gave 16 points in the losing effort.
"My teammates got me the ball and I had a lot of open looks," Mayo said of his explosive performance. "Denver did a good job of slowing me down in the second half, though."
The Suns swept the three-game season series between the two clubs last season and have won eight straight versus Memphis, including four consecutive in Phoenix.
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