Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/11

Game 1: Saturday, November 11th
Game 2: Monday, January 15th
Game 3: Monday, March 26th
Game 4: Tuesday, April 3rd

Suns 137

(29-8, 12-5 away)

Grizzlies 122

(9-30, 7-13 home)

    Coverage: TNT

    6:30 PM ET, January 15, 2007

    FedExForum, Memphis, TN

    1 2 3 4 T
    PHX 32 44 34 27137
    MEM 35 37 24 26122

    Top Performers

    PHX: A. Stoudemire 42 Pts, 9 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

    Mem: P. Gasol 23 Pts, 9 Reb, 7 Ast, 1 Blk

    Stoudemire's 42 points lead six Suns in double figures

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The Memphis Grizzlies have a long way to go before they can match the Phoenix Suns in an uptempo game.

    The Suns -- the league's highest-scoring team -- outran the Grizzlies in the second half as Amare Stoudemire scored a season-high 42 points to lead Phoenix to a 137-122 victory over Memphis on Monday night.

    Elias Says
    Phoenix Suns
    The Suns outscored the Grizzlies 76-72 on Monday night -- oh wait, that was the halftime score in what turned out to be a 137-122 Phoenix win. You have to go back more than 14 years to find the last NBA game in which each team scored 70 or more points in the first half: on Nov. 28, 1992, the Pacers outscored the Hornets in the first half 76-70 en route to a 134-122 win in Charlotte.

    So that now makes 15 straight games in which Memphis has allowed 100 or more points (the last six games that Mike Fratello coached and all nine under his successor, Tony Barone). That's the longest such streak permitted by any NBA team since the Grizzlies themselves allowed triple-figure totals in 15 straight games while based in Vancouver in the winter of 1998.

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    "There's a lot that goes into it," Suns guard Steve Nash said of the style. "If you want to play uptempo and take quick shots, you've also got to play with a game plan. You have to have a calculated effort at running and gunning and not just heaving the ball up."

    Despite Memphis staying close through the first half, the Suns' experience in the uptempo style finally paid dividends as the Grizzlies tired down the stretch. It was the 10th straight win for Phoenix, which shot 56 percent.

    "We wanted to keep running," Stoudemire said. "Keep the tempo up. We wanted to outrun guys, and that's what we did."

    Memphis lost its third straight and has dropped five of its last six.

    Raja Bell added 25 for the Suns, while Shawn Marion finished with 22 points and 13 rebounds. Nash had 12 points and 15 assists.

    "We can make you pay," Nash said. "If they want to collapse on Amare, we've got lots of shooters. If they want to stay with the shooters, Amare can dominate."

    Mike Miller led Memphis with 25 points, and Pau Gasol added 23, hitting all but one of his 11 shots from the field.

    The run-and-gun style from both teams contributed to a combined 148 points in the first half, and both shooting above 58 percent from the field in the first two quarters. The Suns led 76-72 at the break.

    Memphis certainly played more inspired than its previous game Saturday night. The Grizzlies' 72 points were more than they scored the entire game in that 111-66 loss at Chicago.

    But despite more enthusiasm, Memphis still hasn't learned to combine defense with its new offense. Memphis coach Tony Barone put his head in his hands, grimaced, even screamed at Gasol about defense.

    "Our defense needs to be somehow shored up," Barone said. "It isn't good enough to just think you can run. If you're going to play this style of basketball you have to play defense. You have to get back and contest shooters."

    Phoenix pulled away in the third period, as Stoudemire scored 16 of his points. That included 14 of the Suns' first 16 points in the half to build the first double-digit lead.

    Meanwhile, Memphis was contributing to the Suns' rally with 10 turnovers in the period.

    "(Turnovers) come from fatigue," said Memphis guard Chucky Atkins, who finished with 15 points. "Trying to play at such a fast pace, you come out and get a little tired in the second half. Being tired sometimes leads to turnovers."

    And that was about the time, Phoenix displayed the difference in a style played for several years rather than several weeks.

    "We were in great condition down the stretch," said Stoudemire, whose 42 points matched the season-high for a Suns' player. "We caught our second wind in the third and fourth quarters and that helped a lot. It's something we do all year long and have for three or four years."

    Game notes

    After the 45-point loss at Chicago, Barone started veteran G Eddie Jones. "We had to do something after the last game," Barone said. Jones scored eight points in 19 minutes. ... The game was part of the Grizzlies' fifth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration. Rockets center Dikembe Mutombo and former Spurs star David Robinson were honored with the second annual Sports Legacy Awards as part of the day's ceremonies. Mutombo was unable to attend because of the Rockets game with Dallas on Tuesday. ... Suns -/F Kurt Thomas left the game in the first half with a hyperextended left elbow and did not return. ... The 76 first-half points for Phoenix was its biggest output in any half this season.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 137 122
    FGM-FGA 50-90 (.556) 49-84 (.583)
    3PM-3PA 14-34 (.412) 9-24 (.375)
    FTM-FTA 23-28 (.821) 15-17 (.882)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-38 5-32
    Assists 36 29
    Turnovers 13 20
    Steals 9 8
    Blocks 2 3
    Fast Break Points 36 22
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (0/0) 20 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 22 5

    Top Performers

    Amar'e Stoudemire Stoudemire
    Points: 42
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Pau Gasol Gasol
    Points: 23
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1