NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Thursday, December 23rd (All times eastern)
Memphis Grizzlies (12-16) at Phoenix Suns (22-3), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Phoenix Suns target their 10th consecutive win this evening when they open a brief two-game homestand versus the Memphis Grizzlies at America West Arena.
The Suns improved their NBA-best record to 22-3 on Monday with a 107-105 victory over the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. Quentin Richardson's tip in at the buzzer handed Phoenix the win.
Richardson's game-winner came on a second effort after his first attempt in the lane was blocked by Denver's Nene. Teammate Amare Stoudemire missed an attempt after that, but Richardson got his hand on the ball with plenty of time to spare.
Stoudemire poured in a game-high 32 points to lead the Suns, winners of nine straight games for the second time this season. Richardson added 19 points in the victory, Steve Nash had 15 with 10 assists and Shawn Marion scored 12.
The Suns have shattered their previous best start of 17-3 set in 1980-81. That team finished 57-25, the third-best record in team history. Phoenix is also off to the NBA's best start since Dallas had the same record with Nash at point guard in 2002.
The Suns did not win their 22nd game last season until March 15, 2004, vs. Houston. The Suns have also won 18 of their last 19 games, the most victories over a 19-game stretch in team history.
Phoenix, which will close its homestand on Sunday versus Toronto, has won five straight and 10 of 11 at home and is 11-2 in the desert this season.
Memphis, meanwhile, comes in on a losing note after dropping a 109-99 decision to the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday at The Arena.
James Posey scored 22 points with seven rebounds to lead the Grizzlies, who had a three-game win streak halted. Pau Gasol added 19 points in the loss, and Stromile Swift had 18 in 25 minutes off the bench.
Memphis, which will be wrapping up a four-game road trip tonight, is 5-9 away from home this season.
The Suns split their four matchups with the Grizzlies last season and have won four of the last six and six of the last nine meetings. Memphis has also dropped four straight and 13 of its last 14 in Phoenix.
12/23 10:12:37 ET