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               === Randolph carries Grizzlies over Suns in OT ===
 
 Memphis,   TN  (Sports  Network)  -  Zach  Randolph  poured  in  a  dominating
 performance  Thursday night, netting 38 points and ripping down 22 rebounds to
 lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a hard-fought, 108-98, overtime victory over the
 Phoenix Suns at FedEx Forum.
 
 Twenty-two   of   Randolph's  points   total  came   after  halftime,  as  the
 Grizzlies  overcame a  16-point  deficit --  their largest  of  the season  --
 en route to their ninth home win in 10 tries this season.
 
 "Tonight he got a lot of one-on-one and he was able to operate," Memphis coach
 Lionel  Hollins said of Randolph. "He cleaned up the glass for us. He came out
 and he played."
 
 Quincy  Pondexter  followed with a  season-high 16  points, while Rudy Gay and
 Marc  Gasol  donated 14 points  apiece for Memphis, which  has won five of its
 last six overall.
 
 Goran  Dragic  paced Phoenix with  19 points and  seven assists and Luis Scola
 tallied 16 points and eight boards in the setback, the Suns' fourth in a row.
 
 "I  thought  we played with  great energy and  great effort," Suns coach Alvin
 Gentry said. "We put ourselves in the position to defeat a really good team on
 the  road, record-wise  the best team in  the NBA. We just didn't quite get it
 done."
 
 Memphis  trailed,  45-29, with just  under four  minutes left and never pulled
 even until late in the fourth quarter.
 
 Phoenix  carried a 72-68 edge into the fourth and led by as many as eight on a
 Jermaine O'Neal layup just under three minutes into the final frame.
 
 The  Grizzlies then used a 10-2 surge to pull within two on a pair of Randolph
 free  throws  and trailed  by just  one, 90-89, after  Gay buried a turnaround
 jumper with 3:40 left in regulation.
 
 After  Scola  split a pair at  the line to  make it a two-point game, Randolph
 finished  a  driving layup in the  lane to knot the  game with just over 1 1/2
 minutes still to play in the fourth.
 
 Mike Conley then forced a Dragic turnover before splitting a pair at the line,
 but  Scola  answered for  the Suns,  as he  posted up  Randolph and banked one
 neatly off the glass to give the visitors a 93-92 edge with 37.0 remaining.
 
 Scola  then picked the pocket of Conley and Dragic hit 1-of-2 from the charity
 stripe to make it a two-point game with 26.0 seconds left in regulation.
 
 After  a timeout,  Gay drove right and  dropped in a floater over Scola to tie
 the game at 94-all with 15.9 ticks on the clock. Phoenix had one final shot to
 steal  the victory, but  O'Neal missed a fadeaway jumper at the buzzer to send
 the game to overtime.
 
 Memphis  dominated the  extra session, as Conley opened the final five minutes
 with  a  triple before Randolph  netted his team's next  six points to build a
 comfortable 103-96 advantage with just under two minutes left.
 
 The  Grizzlies held the Suns without a field goal in the extra session to hang
 on for the victory.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 The  Suns wrapped up  a season-long, six-game road trip at 1-5 ... Memphis has
 won five straight and 20 of its last 21 home games ... Gay has scored at least
 14  points in 19 straight games ... Randolph's 38 points was his most with the
 Grizzlies.
 
 12/05 02:38:08 ET

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