In a game I thought the Grizzlies would easily win, the Suns came and shocked the Griz 111-106. The Grizzlies started the game slow, pulled back in the second and third quarters, and then the Suns put the Bears down. High scorers for the Griz were Zach Randolph and Mike Conley with 19 apiece. However both players had their struggles. Zach could only manage 6-15 from the field with 4 rebounds in 27 minutes, while Conley shot only 6-16. Matt Barnes had a better game tonight with 16 points and three threes, but it wasn't the most efficient night in the world for him. P.J Hairston could only manage four points on the evening, Brandan Wright could only musterfour4 rebounds on the night, and the half-man part of Mr. Carter showed up tonight as he only had 5 points in 22 minutes on 1-6 shooting.
Joerger stuck with his shorter bench, and two players came and put up some productive games. Chalmers has been pretty steady as the first guard off the bench for the longest time, and he came in today and was aggressive, getting 12 FTA (He made 11 of them) and piling up 15 points. Lance Stephenson also had a decent game, with 12 points, four rebounds, and three assists coming in off the bench in 27 minutes, again showing some off the multi-faceted potential that he has flashed in his previous stops. However, shooting barely 40% from the field and 30% from three will rarely get the W, even with the higher scoring numbers these Grizzlies have been putting up.
For the Suns, the high scorer was Alex Len with 22 points on 7-11 shooting. The rookie Devin Booker continues to impress, with 15 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists, while P.J. Tucker won the battle of the P.J.'S with 17 points, and Ronnie Price added 12 of his own on solid work from the floor. Mirza Teletovic went off for 18 while knocking down four threes, and in a season where everything has seemed to go wrong for the Suns, one thing went their way tonight, the W.