Troy Daniels hits late 3, Suns hold off Grizzlies 97-95
ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 22, 2017 12:22 PM
Phoenix Suns' Troy Daniels (30) and Dragan Bender, right, are congratulated by Alan Williams, center, and other teammates after Daniels made a 3-point basket to give the Suns the lead in the final minute against the Memphis Grizzlies in an NBA basketball game Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)
By Jose M. Romero, Associated Press
PHOENIX (AP) — Former Memphis guard Troy Daniels hit a three-pointer with 17 seconds to play to give Phoenix the lead, and the Suns held off the Grizzlies 97-95 on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time) for their third victory in four games.
T.J. Warren led the Suns with 27 points, and Daniels — acquired from the Grizzlies in September — added 14 off the bench. Phoenix won at home for the first time since Nov. 19 against Chicago.
Tyreke Evans led Memphis with 21 points, and Marc Gasol added 13 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and four blocked shots. The Grizzlies have lost 8-of-9 games and nine straight on the road.
The teams traded baskets and leads for much of the fourth quarter, and there were three ties. Neither team scored from the 3:45 mark of the fourth quarter until Daniels' key triple.
Memphis had two chanced to tie or take the lead, but Evans' shot at the buzzer missed.
Greg Monroe rebounded a miss and saved the ball to Daniels for his shot. Monroe had 12 rebounds.
The Grizzlies used a 15-2 run to grab a 21-9 lead in the first quarter. But Phoenix outscored Memphis 17-4 over the final four minutes of the quarter to take a 26-25 lead going into the second.
Evans scored 11 of his points in the opening 12 minutes.
The Suns took a 53-44 lead on Warren's three-pointer with 2:40 left in the second. Then Warren scored and was fouled, making it 56-46.
Warren had 17 of his points at halftime, and the Suns led 60-51 at halftime.
The Grizzlies erased a 12-point third quarter deficit and took a 76-75 lead on Evans' layup, then James Ennis stole a pass and fed Kobi Simmons for a layup and a three-point Grizzlies lead with 2:25 left in the third.
Memphis took an 81-79 lead into the fourth quarter.
Midway through the third quarter, Suns guard Isaiah Canaan accidentally dusted a fan sitting courtside with the rosin that players put on their hands before checking into the game. It led to a brief exchange in which Canaan apologized and the two smiled.
Grizzlies: Coach J.B. Bickerstaff was asked about speculation that the team is losing games on purpose. "Everyone is entitled to their own opinion," he said. "We are going to stay positive with our group, stay competitive and let it fall where it may."... Gasol is the Grizzlies' leader in points, rebounds, assists and blocked shots this season and is one of two NBA players to lead his team in all four categories, along with Giannis Antetokounmpo of Milwaukee. ... F Chandler Parsons returned after resting the past two games, and F-C Brandon Wright saw his first action since Dec. 1 (Dec. 2, PHL time), returning from a groin injury.
Suns: Injured star Devin Booker, out since Dec. 6 (Dec. 7, PHL time) with a goin injury, could return to practice as soon as this weekend. He took some shots in pregame warmups on Thursday (Friday, PHL time). ... Phoenix hosts Memphis the day after Christmas (Dec. 27, PHL time), at the same time as the Cactus Bowl a couple of blocks away at nearby Chase Field. ... The Suns ended a four-game Grizzlies' win streak in the series.
Grizzlies: Host the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time).
Suns: Host Minnesota on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time).