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Jarvis Greer

Suns Burn Grizzlies with 85% 3rd Quarter in Phoenix

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. ...



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