Despite Goran Dragic’s career night, where he racked up 33 points, the Suns fell to the Memphis Grizzlies 99-91 to move to 19-12 on the season.
The Phoenix Suns just didn’t have enough to get the job done against a physical Memphis team. With a rare lack-luster performance from the bench and Bledsoe sidelined with a minor knee injury, the Suns didn’t have enough to overcome superb efforts from Zach Randolph and Phoenix native Jerryd Bayless.
The first quarter was closely contested, as Phoenix was up by only four points going into the second. The Grizzly lead ballooned to 12 by halftime behind Randolph, Mike Conley and Ed Davis. Coming out of halftime, Phoenix really poured it on, doubling up on Memphis 32-16 in the third quarter, including an 18-0 run that lasted nearly four minutes.
The Suns had a four-point lead going into the final period, but the lead was squandered as Phoenix couldn’t stop Bayless from pumping shots from all over the court.
Dragic was the star as it was his bobblehead night and he put up his career-high of 33 points. The Dragon also tacked on seven assists and three steals.
Frye’s 14, P.J. Tucker’s 12 and Markieff Morris’ 10 points were basically all the offense the Suns could muster apart from Dragic, and that’s not going to get the job done.
On the Grizzly’s side if the ball, Zach Randolph is a work-horse. He was efficient and methodical as he torched the Suns. Z-BO scored 20 points on 10-20 shooting, while racking up 15 boards. His way of making people continually think he’s going to jump on his layup and his unorthodox shooting style really gives teams problems.
Off the bench, Bayless scored 17 points on 6-11 shooting while Ed Davis finished with 16 points on 8-11 shooting in the victory, while ripping down 11 boards. Mike Miller and Mike Conley both scored 11 while Kosta Koufos just hit double-digits with ten points.
Phoenix really had a problem keeping Memphis out of the lane, as the Suns gave up 56 points in the paint.
The Suns squad really had the effort, but a tough matchup with the defensive-minded Grizzlies’ backcourt caused Phoenix to drop to 19-12.
They have to shake off this loss as they await a Saturday matchup with the Milwaukee Bucks.