Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 12/23

Game 1: Thursday, December 23rd
Game 2: Wednesday, January 19th
Game 3: Tuesday, February 1st
Game 4: Sunday, March 20th

Suns 97

(36-11, 19-7 away)

Grizzlies 108

(27-20, 16-8 home)

    Coverage: FSS

    7:00 PM ET, February 1, 2005

    FedExForum, Memphis, TN

    1 2 3 4 T
    PHX 29 20 25 2397
    MEM 31 14 34 29108

    Top Performers

    PHX: J. Johnson 30 Pts, 2 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Mem: L. Wright 12 Pts, 13 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl

    Seven Memphis players score double-figures

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The short-handed Memphis Grizzlies made good use of their healthy players.

    Jason Williams scored 19 points to lead seven Grizzlies in double figures and lift Memphis over the Phoenix Suns 108-97 Tuesday night for their third straight win.

    Playing without forwards Pau Gasol and James Posey, who are on the injured list, and reserve point guard Earl Watson and guard Bonzi Wells, Memphis shot 12-of-22 from 3-point range to end the Suns' five-game winning streak. It marked the first time the Suns have been held under 100 points since an 88-79 win over the Grizzlies Jan. 19.

    "I am happy for the group of guys," Memphis coach Mike Fratello said. "They hung in there and found contributions from everyone. We had seven guys score in double figures, and we were really sharing the ball. We were even staying with (Phoenix) on the glass."

    Dahntay Jones, starting only his second game of the year, scored 17 points, while Stromile Swift finished with 16. Lorenzen Wright scored 12 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Jones and little-used rookie point guard Antonio Burks, who had a career high with 10 points, hit all six of their shots from beyond the arc.

    "Jones usually shoots 27 percent off the 3-pointers, and we tried to get him to do that early on," Suns coach Mike D'Antoni said. "I suppose that wasn't such a good idea."

    Suns guard Steve Nash was ejected for arguing with 3:05 left and the Grizzlies leading 100-92. Nash screamed at referee Jack Nies after his shot was blocked by Swift. Nash was given a technical and then ejected after he continued his tirade. It was the first time he has been ejected in his career. In fact, he couldn't remember getting tossed all the way back to high school.

    "I told (Nies): 'That's a foul' with an expletive, then comma: 'What the expletive is going on out here," Nash said. "I didn't have time, I thought, to get two technicals. I was in the middle of my first sentence, and he had already given me two. It was pretty quick on the trigger."

    Joe Johnson led the Suns with 30 points, hitting 11 of 18 shots, while Amare Stoudemire added 22 points and 19 rebounds. Shawn Marion scored 15 points and had 14 boards.

    After Nash's ejection, Memphis built the lead to double digits, and Phoenix got no closer than seven the rest of the way.

    The Suns' strength showed early. Nash had five assists on Phoenix's first seven baskets. Stoudemire registered a double-double -- his 13th of the season -- by the midway point of the second period. Marion grabbed his 4,000th career rebound before halftime.

    Yet, the Suns held only a 49-45 lead at the half.

    The Suns opened the final period by extending a third-quarter run to 19-5 and erased a 13-point Memphis lead.

    But Memphis began hitting 3-pointers, including Burks, who hit two long-range jumpers as Williams was waiting to enter the game as his replacement.

    "I don't know if he was on the Phoenix Suns' scouting report," Shane Battier said laughing. "I don't think he's on anyone's scouting report. But efforts like that have been huge for us all year."

    Game notes

    Fratello on Tuesday was named Western Conference coach of the month for January. Fratello, who took over the team Dec. 2 after the retirement of Hubie Brown, directed the Grizzlies to an 12-3 mark in January. D'Antoni won the honor in December. ...The Grizzlies are 16-3 since Christmas Day. ... Marion's fourth rebound in the second period gave him 4,000 in his career, only the second Suns player to achieve the milestone. Alvan Adams had 6,937 in his career with Phoenix. ... Wells has a left leg sprain, while Watson has a right shoulder sprain. Both are day to day. ... Burks saw his first action since coming off the injured list Jan. 29.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 97 108
    FGM-FGA 37-83 (.446) 41-90 (.456)
    3PM-3PA 11-37 (.297) 12-22 (.545)
    FTM-FTA 12-15 (.800) 14-20 (.700)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 13-46 14-45
    Assists 24 25
    Turnovers 16 7
    Steals 4 8
    Blocks 5 3
    Fast Break Points 22 10
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 15 (2/0) 15 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 9 13

    Top Performers

    Joe Johnson Johnson
    Points: 30
    Reb: 2
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1
    Lorenzen Wright Wright
    Points: 12
    Reb: 13
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0