Second, let me say this: WOW.
In regards to that last statement, the recipient of my all-caps sentiment is, obviously, Zach Randolph. He pretty much single-handidly took the team on his back and led them to a 108-98 overtime victory.
Randolph went for 38 points on 15-of-22 shooting, 22 rebounds and three blocks -- two of which came in overtime. It was a classic, beastly Z-Bo performance. The Grizzlies fought back to tie the Suns in a game that looked like it might have slipped away. They then went and outscored the Suns 14-4 in overtime.
The backcourt for the Grizzlies was just bad. Wayne Ellington continues to struggle, making just 3-of-9 shots and 1-of-5 threes, while Mike Conley dished just one assist in 42 minutes. Yes, ONE.
Quincy Pondexter provided a nice spark off the bench, scoring 16 points, while Darrell Arthur had nice defensive and hustle moments.
On the other side of the ball, the Suns' bench played really well. Luis Scola (16 points), Jared Dudley (13 points) and Jermaine O'Neal (12 points) all gave the Griz fits off the bench.
Again, this one wasn't pretty, and I was way off in thinking the Grizzlies could "coast" here. This was a struggle game, indeed, and the Grizzlies shooting 4-of-19 from the 3-point line was a big part of that. Also, losing the turnover battle (19-16) wasn't very helpful. Just a game you don't want to take all that much from, unless, of course, you're Zach Randolph.
ZACH RANDOLPH: BEAST MODE!
Note: Kevin was at the game tonight and will have a complete diary up tomorrow morning.
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