Bell leads Suns over Grizzlies
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) – Raja Bell had 29 points, and Amare Stoudemire
added 27 points and 12 reounds to boost the hot-shooting Suns to a 105-87
victory over Memphis.
Leandro Barbosa tallied 12 points and Steve Nash ended with 11 points and nine
assists, as Phoenix won for the third time in four games.
The Suns finished 54.8 percent from the field, led by strong efforts from Bell
and Stoudemire. The duo combined to go 23-for-33 from the floor. Bell also hit
Pau Gasol had 21 points and 10 boards for Memphis, which has lost four in a
row to fall to an NBA-worst 17-54.
The Suns are almost the exact opposite at 53-17, but the Grizzlies hung tough
early. Memphis was behind only 31-27 after the first quarter, but the Suns
asserted themselves in the second and expanded the margin. Bell’s turnaround
jumper moved Phoenix’s lead to 43-31 with 7:18 left until halftime.
A barrage from Bell and Stoudemire extended the lead to 58-43 at the break.
Bell hit two threes and Stoudemire nailed a fadeaway shot and slammed in the
final 30 seconds for Phoenix’s last 10 points of the half.
Hakim Warrick’s bucket drew Memphis within 62-53 with under eight minutes
remaining in the third, but Bell responded with another three-pointer.
Memphis continued to hang around, as Alexander Johnson’s slam moved the
visitors within 71-63, but Phoenix ended the period on a 9-1 run. Bell hit
another three during the flurry and it was 80-64 going into the fourth.
The Grizzlies never got close in the final 12 minutes, but despite the blowout
Suns coach Mike D’Antoni chose to leave his starters in the game until the
Memphis is 4-34 when scoring under 100 points this season, while Phoenix is
26-1 when holding its opponent under 100… The Grizzlies are 4-20 at
Phoenix…The Suns are 3-0 this season versus the Grizzlies and the teams will
meet for the final time April 3 in Memphis…Phoenix ended 11-of-22 from
three-point range…Rudy Gay had 13 points for Memphis, while Tarence Kinsey,
Warrick and Dahntay Jones each scored 12.