The Phoenix Suns won their 5th road game of the season on Tuesday night by defeating the Memphis Grizzlies 96-90. The Suns won for only the third time in their last 18 games on the road and improve to 17-32 on the season.
The Suns were down six heading into the fourth quarter when Goran Dragic took over. Dragic scored 15 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter, including six straight points when the game was tied at 88 to put the game away. Dragic had four assists and was a perfect 5-5 at the free throw line.
The Grizzlies were playing their first game since Friday night, which also meant this was their first game since trading Rudy Gay to the Toronto Raptors. The Grizzlies got Tayshun Prince, Austin Daye and Ed Davis in the three team deal with the Raptors and Detroit Pistons. Daye and Davis made minimal impact and Prince was less than stellar himself. Prince threw the ball away in the final minute when the Grizzlies were down just two points and was the killer turnover that helped to put the game away for the Suns.
The Suns got a very good effort by Marcin Gortat tonight. Gortat hit his first seven shots of the game on his way to scoring 20 points, and he recorded seven rebounds. The bench really stepped up, as they were led by a veteran and a rookie. Veteran Jermaine O'Neal scored 14 points and set the tone defensively with four rebounds, two steals, a block, and he even took a charge. Kendall Marshall got extended minutes tonight and played the entire fourth quarter. Marshall shot the ball very well tonight with 11 points and racked up four assists. Shannon Brown only scored five points, but he had a couple of electrifying dunks.
The Suns took advantage of a very lifeless Grizzlies team, who have not looked the same since trading Rudy Gay to the Toronto Raptors. Former Raptor Jerryd Bayless scored 29 points and Zach Randolph scored 21 points, but it was still not enough to even beat the lowly Suns. So far, it looks like the Grizzlies made a bad decision in trading their athletic small forward.
The Suns improved to 4-4 under Interim coach Lindsey Hunter. They will play again tomorrow night at New Orleans before traveling to Oklahoma City on Friday.
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