Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/4/12
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MEMPHIS -- On a night when nothing went right for Memphis for a long time, the Grizzlies ultimately unleashed Zach Randolph's scoring ability. Randolph's magnificent performance down the stretch and in overtime -- he finished with 38 points and 22 rebounds -- enabled the Grizzlies to rally for a 108-98 win over the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday at FedExForum. After the Suns' Jermaine O'Neal missed a 20-footer at the end of regulation that could have broken a 94-94 tie, the Grizzlies made five of eight field-goal attempts in the extra period. Randolph scored six points in overtime, hitting two 17-foot fadeaways and a shot from about 10 feet out from almost behind the backboard. The Grizzlies (13-3) were without defensive specialist Tony Allen, sidelined due to a groin injury, while point guard Mike Conley struggled most of the game. That left Randolph to put his team on his shoulders. Conley, who finished with 11 points and one assist, hit his only 3-pointer of the night as the shot clock was about to expire on Memphis' first possession of overtime. Goran Dragic led the Suns with 19 points and seven assists. Jared Dudley added 13 points for Phoenix (7-12). In a complete role reversal, the worst defensive team in the league, the Suns, held the Grizzlies to 39.4 percent shooting in first half. Phoenix caused 12 turnovers en route to 52-45 halftime lead. The key for Phoenix was its pick-and-roll defense on Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley, who had two points and no assists while taking one field-goal attempt in the opening half. Dragic did an outstanding job of applying pressure as soon as Conley crossed midcourt, and Dragic got excellent help defense on the top-of-the-key screens from teammates Marcin Gortat and Michael Beasley. Until late in the half, the Suns took care of the ball, not allowing the Grizzlies to create offense from their defense. Phoenix led by as many as 16 points twice before Memphis closed the half on a 16-7 run. Randolph, who had 16 points and nine rebounds in the first half, had scored six points in the rally, while Quincy Pondexter added seven in that span. Memphis also got virtually nothing from its starting backcourt of Conley and Wayne Ellington, who were outscored by their Phoenix counterparts, Dragic and Shannon Brown, 16-2 before halftime. NOTES: Conley entered Tuesday's game shooting 49.7 percent from the field and 46.3 percent in 3-pointers. Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins said Conley is being more aggressive. "When he's playing off the ball, he gets shots," Hollins said. "If you're on the ball all the time unless you keep attacking, it's tough to get a certain amount of shots. But when other people make plays for you, you get shots. It happens in stages of games for him."
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