Grizzlies defeat Suns 110-91
- Article by: CLAY BAILEY
- Associated Press
- December 3, 2013 - 9:50 PM
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Jon Leuer scored a career-high 23 points, Ed Davis added 21 points and 12 rebounds, and the Memphis Grizzlies made the best of a makeshift lineup to defeat the Phoenix Suns 110-91 Tuesday night.
Leuer and Davis got plenty of playing time because of injuries to front-line starters Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol.
Leuer connected on 10 of 13 shots, Davis made 8 of 11 and seven players finished in double figures for Memphis, which shot 55 percent from the floor.
Mike Conley had 18 points and 14 assists for Memphis, which snapped a four-game losing streak at home.
Marcus Morris led the Suns with 18 points, Goran Dragic added 16 and Miles Plumlee had 11.
Memphis played its second straight game without Randolph, who had ingrown toenail surgery Saturday. Gasol is out indefinitely with a left knee sprain.
Kosta Koufos, starting in place of Gasol, finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds, while Tony Allen scored 11 points. Tayshaun Prince and Jerryd Bayless had 10 points each.
The Suns carried a 54-46 lead into the break as Morris had 15 points off the Suns bench. Morris connected on 6 of 12 from the field, including 2 of 3 from outside the arc.
Conley had 11 to lead the Grizzlies.
Both teams shot around 45 percent for the half, but struggled from outside the arc. The Suns managed 27 percent, but Memphis converted only 1 of 7 from long range in the half.
Memphis heated up in the third, hitting 11 of its first 15 shots to go on a 23-9 run and the Grizzlies outscored Phoenix 36-20 in the third for an 82-74 lead heading to the fourth.
Davis had 11 points in the third as Memphis ended up hitting 16 of 23 shots.
Leuer stayed hot in the final quarter and Memphis lead eventually reached 21 points.
NOTES: Memphis was playing its second game in a six-game homestand, the longest of the season. ... Memphis guard Tony Allen went to locker room holding his hip after a second-quarter scramble for a loose ball, but returned after intermission and started the second half. ... Suns G Eric Bledsoe had nine points, ending his string of 11 straight games in double figures. ... The Suns made only seven 3-pointers, snapping a streak of nine straight games with at least eight 3-pointers. ... Leuer also had nine rebounds, matching his career-high.
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