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Friday, January 10th
(All times Eastern)
Phoenix Suns (21-13) at Memphis Grizzlies (15-19), 8 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Phoenix Suns will try to get over .500 on this
recent road trip Friday night when they visit FedExForum to take on the
Phoenix dropped the first contest on a five-game odyssey Tuesday in Chicago,
but got back into the win column Wednesday with a 104-103 nail-biter over the
Gerald Green scored 14 points, but none were bigger than his jumper late in
the fourth quarter that pushed the Suns to victory. Markieff Morris dropped a
pass off to Green, who buried a corner jumper while falling out of bounds that
put the Suns up with 3.9 seconds left.
"I just knew to just catch it and rise up and shoot it. The ball went in for
me," Green said.
Kevin Martin of Minnesota missed a three-footer to tie.
Goran Dragic scored 12 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter to help the Suns
snap a two-game losing streak against the Wolves. Channing Frye scored 22
points on 5-of-10 shooting from 3-point range, while Miles Plumlee posted 11
points with nine rebounds for Phoenix. Marcus Morris finished with 10 points.
The Suns are doing battle without Eric Bledsoe, who is gone indefinitely after
knee surgery. The extent of the damage is unknown.
In his place, the Suns brought back a familiar face in the form of Leandro
Barbosa. He played 13:24 in his debut against the Wolves and had three points
on 1-for-6 shooting.
The Grizzlies have alternated wins and losses over the last eight games, but
dropped the first on a four-game homestand Tuesday with a heartbreaking
110-108 overtime loss to the San Antonio Spurs.
The Spurs led 91-75 with 5 1/2 minutes left in the fourth quarter and were 12
clear with just under two minutes. Memphis furiously charged back and forced
overtime and actually led in the extra session.
With the game tied, San Antonio gave Manu Ginobili the ball and the star
converted a layup with little time to spare. Mike Conley missed a long 3-
pointer and Memphis lost.
"In overtime, we decided to switch everything, and (Ginobili) turned the
corner against all three guys and against our best athlete (Ed Davis), which
is a guy we would love to have taking him on," said Grizzlies coach Dave
Joerger. "Ed made a good play on it and Ginobili just made a little bit better
Conley led the Grizz with 30, followed by 17 from Zach Randolph. James Johnson
added 15 points off the bench, Jon Leuer chipped in 10 and newly-acquired
Courtney Lee managed 12 in his Memphis debut.
The Grizzlies took both of this season's meetings and the Suns have lost four
of five and six of eight in Memphis.
01/10 10:41:41 ET