PHOENIX (AP) - Leandro Barbosa scored 16 of his team-high 27
points in the fourth quarter, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with
43.8 seconds left, and the Phoenix Suns withstood a furious
fourth-quarter rally to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 107-102 on
The Grizzlies had rallied from a 17-point third-quarter deficit
and led 102-100 on Rudy Gay's dunk off an offensive rebound with
But Barbosa sank his second 3-pointer of the game to give
Phoenix a 103-102 lead.
After a pair of Steve Nash free throws, Mayo missed a
straightaway 3-pointer with 6.9 seconds to allow Phoenix to escape
with its ninth straight win over Memphis.
Amare Stoudemire scored 18 points, Boris Diaw added 13 and Nash
had 12 points and six assists for the Suns, who have won five of
their past six games overall.
Rudy Gay scored 20 and Marc Gasol finished with 15 for the
Grizzlies, who were 1-3 on their four-game Western road trip.
Phoenix had an 82-70 lead heading into the fourth quarter before
Mayo single-handedly carried the Grizzlies within a basket. Mayo
scored 11 straight points, including a 19-footer with 8:42 to play
as Memphis pulled to 87-85.
The Suns stretched the lead back to six, 93-87, only to see the
Grizzlies tie the game 94-94 on Marc Gasol's three-point play with
4:22 to go. Hakim Warrick gave Memphis a 96-94 lead on a 22-foot
bank shot with 3:48 left.
Barbosa put the Suns back ahead 100-98 on a 3-pointer from the
right wing. Darko Milicic tied the game with a layup with 2:12 left
before Gay gave Memphis its final lead.
Barbosa scored 10 straight points in the third and fourth
quarters for Phoenix, including the Suns' first eight in the
fourth. He was the only Phoenix player to hit a field goal between
Diaw's layup with 3:37 left in the third and Raja Bell's 3-pointer
with 3:28 to go.
Mayo had given the Grizzlies a 51-50 lead on a 3-pointer with
9:34 to go in the third quarter before the Suns pulled away.
Matt Barnes' 3-pointer started an 18-4 run over the next five
minutes as Phoenix opened a 68-55 lead with 4:34 left in the
period. Bell, Diaw and Nash also hit 3-pointers during the streak
for the Suns, who finished 8-for-21 from beyond the arc.
Barbosa's layup with 54.5 seconds left gave the Suns their
biggest lead, 82-65, and started his scoring streak.
Notes: Phoenix coach Terry Porter is 6-2 in his Suns career, the
best start for a coach in franchise history. ... Suns guard Raja
Bell missed the morning shootaround following the birth of his
second child on Sunday. ... Suns forward Matt Barnes returned to
the lineup after missing three games following the birth of two
sons. ... Memphis had won four of five meetings before the current
losing streak. The Grizzlies are 4-22 all-time in Phoenix and have
not beaten the Suns in the Valley since November 16, 2005.
Grizzlies Return home to face the New York Knicks, Wednesday Night at FedEzForum.