First off, January 11th is Tony Allen's birthday so you're already a step ahead of the universe with that. Zach Randolph had just returned in the previous game, a loss in New Orleans, and the home crowd was hungry to see their Number Fiddy for da city back in the Grindhouse.
Z-Bo was equally as hungry. The Beast of Beale™ scored the first 12 points for the Grizzlies!
The Grizzlies would push their lead to 16 with a 64-48 score halfway through the 3rd quarter, and the Grizzlies would hold an 11-point lead going into the 4th.
There was no comfortable ending to this one in regulation, however. The Suns would go supernova on the efforts of Isaiah Thomas, Marcus Morris, Gerald Green and P.J. Tucker, and the Grizzlies would have a FOUR-MINUTE STRETCH WHERE THEY DID NOT SCORE A POINT.
That being said, the Grizzlies still had a 7-point lead with two minutes to play. But due to a missed goaltending call on Eric Bledsoe in the final seconds, the Suns were able to tie the game on this P.J. Tucker layup and send it to overtime.
And something disturbing for the Grizzlies was that Marc Gasol had only scored 5 points through four quarters!
The first overtime looked like neither team really wanted to win for a while. Part of it was fatigue, and the rest of it was some tenacious defense from the Grizzlies. Both Phoenix and Memphis struggled to score and were tied again after a missed Eric Bledsoe jumper to end the period.
The second dose of free basketball brought out the Wendigo in Marc Gasol. He was a man possessed, and he basically ended the game in the first two minutes of play after scoring seven straight points on some very aggressive offense.
But mere scoring was not enough for the thirst of the Wendigo on this night. His savage appetite continued on the defensive end to put the game away for the Grizzlies.
When the smoke cleared, Z-Bo had 27/17, Mike Conley looked like an All-Star, Marc flashed his "Max" persona to finish the game and Tony Allen got to cap off his birthday with a winning dunk.
All was well in the land of Grizz Nation, and the fun was just getting started for the month of January.