Tuesday , Apr , 03 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Stoudemire, Barbosa lift Suns over Grizzlies

Memphis, TN (Sports Network) – Amare Stoudemire poured in 27 points and
Leandro Barbosa had 24 as Phoenix escaped with a 116-111 victory over Memphis
at FedExForum.

Shawn Marion scored 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Suns, who have
won three straight and six of their last eight games. Phoenix, which is No. 2
in the Western Conference, is 5 1/2 games behind the top-seeded Dallas
Mavericks.

Steve Nash posted 15 points and dished out 17 assists, while James Jones
donated 14 points off the bench in the win.

Pau Gasol led the Grizzlies with 23 points, 11 boards and four assists and
Hakim Warrick netted 22 points with 16 rebounds. Chucky Atkins chipped in 19
points to go along with seven assists and Rudy Gay ended with 14 points.

Memphis has dropped three in a row.

Leading by one, Phoenix opened the fourth with an 11-2 run, but the Grizzlies
responded by doing the same to make it a 102-101 contest.

That’s as close as it would get, though, as Stoudemire led a 10-3 spurt with
five points to ice the game.

The Suns led by as many as six in the first quarter, but Memphis ended the
frame with an 8-2 run to go up 36-31.

With the game tied at 47 midway through the second, Phoenix took control and
fired off 24 of the final 36 points in the frame — led by Barbosa’s 11
points, including 3-of-3 from three-point range — for a 71-59 halftime
advantage.

The Grizzlies, however, didn’t go away and outscored the Suns by 11 in the
third. Pau Gasol scored seven points during a 13-6 spurt to bring Memphis
within one, 89-88.

Game Notes

Phoenix shot 51 percent from the field, while Memphis finished 48 percent
shooting…The Grizzlies outrebounded the Suns, 46-38…Phoenix won all four
meetings with Memphis this season.

PHO MEM