Booker, Len lead Suns past Grizzlies, 109-100Posted: Updated:
Devin Booker had 27 points and nine assists, Alex Len added 19 points and 16 rebounds, and the Phoenix Suns beat the Memphis Grizzlies 109-100 on Sunday.
Mirza Teletovic added 18 points for the Suns, who won their second straight. Tyson Chandler finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds as Phoenix won for only the third time in the last 18 games. Two of those wins have come against the Grizzlies.
Mike Conley led Memphis with 22 points, while Matt Barnes and JaMychal Green each had 17 points. Mario Chalmers scored 14 points and Lance Stephenson finished with 13.
The Suns connected on 52 percent of their shots, including 12 of 28 from outside the arc. Memphis, meanwhile, was limited to 40 percent and stayed close by going 10 of 22 from 3-point range.
Phoenix took control of the game at the opening of the third. Memphis made only one of its first 12 shots, resulting in a 20-4 rally for the Suns. The Phoenix lead would eventually swell to 13 in the quarter.
Phoenix maintained its double-digit lead through the early stages of the fourth behind a trio of 3-pointers. At one point, Teletovic had seven straight Suns points to maintain a 13-point advantage.
Memphis made a dent in the Phoenix lead, but could get no closer than 104-98 with just less than 3 minutes remaining.
With three players grabbing double-digit rebounds, Phoenix held a 47-38 advantage on the boards.
After a first half that seemed to have little, if any, flow, Memphis carried a 59-53 lead into the break behind 17 points from Conley and 13 from Barnes.
Booker had 14 for the Suns, and Len already had a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Suns: Interim head coach Earl Watson played three seasons in Memphis and was a member of the 2003-04 Grizzlies squad that won 50 games and qualified for the playoffs, both franchise firsts. . Teletovic has made multiple 3-pointers off the bench in 10 straight games. . Len has reached double figures in a career-best eight straight games. He also recorded his 12th double-double of the season. . Chandler also recorded his 12th double-double.
Grizzlies: Starting C Chris Andersen injured his left shoulder in the second quarter and did not return. He's the latest Memphis frontline player to be injured. Starting C Marc Gasol is out of the season with a broken foot and F Brandan Wright reinjured his right knee. . Stephenson got a technical in the first quarter when he got in Booker's face after Booker fouled the Memphis guard. . Conley had 14 points in the second quarter, hitting connecting on 3 of 4 from outside the arc.
Suns: Host New York on Wednesday.
Grizzlies: Visit Cleveland on Monday.