Suns Can't Hold Off Grizz Run LatePosted: Updated:
Lance Stephenson scored 12 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter and the Memphis Grizzlies pulled out a 103-97 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Monday night.
The Grizzlies scored the last eight points of the game, holding the Suns scoreless the final 2:12.
Stephenson's rebound basket after Jordan Farmar's airball layup attempt gave Memphis a 99-97 lead with 31 seconds to play.
Zach Randolph added 14 points for the Grizzlies and blocked Jon Leuer's shot with Memphis nursing that two-point lead. Farmar, who signed a 10-day contract earlier in the day, added 12 points, nine in the fourth quarter.
Devin Booker scored 18 points and P.J. Tucker added 15 for Phoenix. Leuer had 13 points and 13 rebounds. Brandon Knight also had 13 points but on 4-of-17 shooting.
Trailing most of the second quarter and all of the third, the Grizzlies got 10 points from Stephenson in the first 2:40 of the final quarter to take the lead.
Farmar scored seven consecutive points to put Memphis ahead 90-85 with 6:15 to go. Booker's 12-footer capped a 6-0 spurt that put the Suns up 93-92 with 3:51 remaining and it was back and forth from there.
Knight's step-back 21-footer put Phoenix ahead 97-95 with 2:12 1eft, but the Suns couldn't handle Memphis' trademark physical play down the stretch.
Leuer missed an open 3 from the corner, got the rebound and drove to the basket, but Randolph smothered him and blocked the shot. Farmar sank two free throws, then Tony Allen stole Alex Len's inbounds pass after a timeout. Allen wrapped up the scoring with two free throws with 9.1 seconds to play.
An all-reserves lineup scored the first 15 in an 18-2 Suns first-half run. John Jenkins, Leuer and Chase Budinger each sank a 3-pointer to cap the outburst and Phoenix led 42-30 with 4:08 left in the half.
A 3-pointer by Matt Barnes and Ryan Hollins' fast-break dunk chopped the lead to 42-35.
But, after missing his first seven shots, Knight sank a 3-pointer and Booker made three of four free throws over the final 35 seconds of the half to give the Suns a 50-39 lead.
The Grizzlies, who split the season series with Phoenix 2-2, methodically narrowed the lead through the third quarter and were down 73-70 entering the fourth.
Grizzlies: Mike Conley missed his ninth consecutive game with a sore left foot/left Achilles tendinitis. ... Memphis opened a three-game road trip, its longest journey through the rest of the season.
Suns: Tyson Chandler didn't play in the second half due to back spasms. ... The Suns beat Memphis twice in the last month, 111-106 in Phoenix on Feb. 27 and 109-100 in Memphis on March 6. ... The Suns host the Lakers on Wednesday inKobe Bryant's final visit to Phoenix.
Grizzlies: At the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night.
Suns: Host the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night.
© 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.