NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Monday, January 18th (All times eastern)
Phoenix Suns (24-17) at Memphis Grizzlies (21-18), 5:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The red-hot Memphis Grizzlies hope to continue to dominate on their home floor this afternoon when they welcome the Phoenix Suns to FedEx Forum.
The Grizzlies improved to 3-0 on a four-game homestand and extended their franchise-record home winning streak to eight on Saturday when Zach Randolph made five big free throws in the final minute, helping Memphis thwart San Antonio's comeback bid to earn a 92-86 victory.
Randolph ended with 23 points and 15 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who snapped a five-game losing streak to the Spurs. O.J. Mayo chipped in 19 points and eight boards, and Marc Gasol added 14 and nine in the impressive victory.
"We are maturing. We are getting better, but we can get a lot better," Gasol said. "We were up 14 and they almost came back and won the game. We'll keep working at it."
With an impressive 14-5 mark in Memphis, the Grizzlies have already matched their home win total from the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons, and are just two wins away from last season's win total at FedEx Forum.
The Suns, meanwhile, have won just once on the road since the end of November and fell to 0-3 on a four-game trek in Charlotte on Saturday after Gerald Wallace poured in 29 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as the Bobcats destroyed Phoenix, 125-99.
Amare Stoudemire ended with 19 points and seven rebounds for the Suns, who are now just 9-13 away from the desert. Leandro Barbosa chipped in 17 points off the bench and Robin Lopez finished with 14 points in defeat.
"We were never in the game. They scored at will and basically just did everything they wanted to do. I thought that after a game like last night we would have a little carry-over but it didn't happen," Suns head coach Alvin Gentry said.
Phoenix has dominated this series recently, winning 12 of its last 14 meetings with Memphis.
01/18 10:31:57 ET