Dragon Triumph Over Grizzlies! Suns 96 – Grizzlies 90

Feb 5, 2013; Memphis, MTN, USA; Phoenix Suns point guard Goran Dragic (1) drives to the basket during the game against the Memphis Grizzlies at the FedEx Forum. Phoenix Suns defeat the Memphis Grizzlies 96-90. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden–USA TODAY Sports

The Phoenix Suns(17-32) defeated the Memphis Grizzlies(30-17) on the road last night by the final score of 96-90. With the win over Memphis, Phoenix now improve to 5-20 on the road.

The Phoenix Suns rallied back in the fourth-quarter behind a great fourth-quarter performance from Goran Dragic who scored 15 of his 17 points in the fourth-quarter. Dragic finished the game with 17 points, four assists, three rebounds, and two steals.

Unfortunately, Dragic may miss tomorrow night’s game as it seems like he may be a bit under the weather; should Dragic miss tomorrow night’s game expect Kendall Marshall to start. Dragic tweeted this after last night’s win:

“Great win for us but feeling very sick. Need a good night’s sleep to recover. Tomorrow we play New Orleans. Go #All4Orange”

The Suns also got great contribution off the bench, especially from Jermaine O’Neal and Kendall Marshall. Marshall played a season-high 33 minutes and recorded 11 points, four assists and hit three of five three point attempts on the evening. O’Neal added 14 points, four rebounds, three assists, two steals but more importantly, O’Neal played spectacular defense on Grizzlies center Marc Gasol who scored just six points on the evening.

After trailing Memphis 72-77 with 8:48 left in the game, the Phoenix Suns would go on an 8-2 run capped off by an and-one play from Dragic which gave the Suns an 80-79 lead with 5:50 left in the ballgame.

After some riveting back and forth action, the game was tied at 88 all with 1:38 left in regulation, Dragic would score the final six points of the game and the Suns escaped the Fedex Forum with the win surviving an offensive outburst from the Grizzlies Jerryd  Bayless who scored a season-high 29 points; Bayless scored 29 points in 29 minutes off the bench hitting 11 of his 15 attempts from the field.

The Suns did a tremendous job defensively on Memphis, holding Memphis to just 44% shooting on the night and forcing 17 Memphis turnovers which led to 20 points for Phoenix.

The Suns will now head down to the town that just hosted the Superbowl to take on the New Orleans Hornets. The Suns are 2-10 this season when playing the second game of a back-to-back set.

Topics: Memphis Grizzlies, NBA, Phoenix Suns

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  • Guilherme

    and we are losing a good pick…

    • Matthew

      @twitter-25990518:disqus Don’t worry! The Suns won’t win too many games, it’s pretty clear that Hunter is trying to integrate all the young kids into the rotation and I expect their minutes to increase steadily. If the young players play more, expect more mistakes, less production, ultimately more losses! As long as the Suns don’t play themselves out of a top 5 pick, I think they’ll be okay. I really would like to see them grab Ben McLemore though but I’d settle for Shabazz!

      • Guilherme

        yeah, i realized.

        Marshall has more minutes and he’s playing well. Wes Johnson should play more too.

        Everyone is talking about Shabazz, but i would like to see Cody Zeller on the Suns, he’s a very talented player. And then, trade Gortat.