PHOENIX (AP) - Amare Stoudemire scored 18 of his 28 points
during a torrid third quarter and the Phoenix Suns beat the Memphis
Grizzlies 126-111 Wednesday night for their 15th consecutive home
In the third quarter, the scintillating, high-scoring Suns hit
their first 12 field-goal attempts and finished the quarter 17 for
The Suns are 12-3, the best record in the NBA. They are the only
team in the league to score at least 100 points in every game this
season. They also have scored at least 100 points in 32 consecutive
home games. Their 126 points against Memphis were a season high -
home or away.
In recording his fifth straight 20-point game, Stoudemire hit 13
of 18 field-goal attempts, including all eight in the third quarter
when the Suns broke open the game, taking a 98-77 lead at the end
of the quarter.
Jason Richardson added 20 points for the Suns, Leandro Barbosa
scored 15, Channing Frye had 14, Grant Hill made all six of his
field-goal attempts and had 12 points, and Steve Nash had 11 points
and 16 assists.
Zach Randolph led Memphis with 24 points and 13 rebounds,
including a franchise-record 10 off the offensive glass. Rudy Gay
scored 16, Sam Young 14, Marc Gasol 13 and Jamaal Tinsley 12.
The first half was close - there were eight lead changes and
nine ties - until the final 3½ minutes when the Suns outscored
Memphis 13-2 and built a 60-49 halftime lead. The Grizzlies, who
had begun the game with some accurate shooting, failed to hit a
field goal in the final 4:15 of the first half.
Richardson led all scorers with 15 points, connecting on three
of four 3-pointers, and adding a vicious dunk and an alley-oop
At the outset, the Grizzlies' big front line of Gay, Randolph
and Gasol punished the Suns under the boards, helping Memphis gain
a 16-8 rebounding advantage in the first period, which ended 27-27
following a late Phoenix run of 11-4. By halftime, the Grizzlies'
three frontcourt players had accounted for 32 points - 12 each by
Gay and Randolph and eight by Gasol - and 17 rebounds - six each by
Gay and Gasol, five by Randolph.
NOTES: This was the first game of a five-game road trip for
Memphis, with games following at Portland, the Los Angeles
Clippers, Utah and Minnesota. ... Phoenix will embark on a
four-game road swing, with stops at Minnesota, Toronto, New York
and Cleveland. ... Center Robin Lopez, who has missed all of
Phoenix's 15 games this season because of a broken bone in his left
foot, is expected to play Friday, according to coach Alvin Gentry.
... After finishing last in the NBA in rebounding last season, the
Grizzlies lead the league in offensive rebounding this season. ...