NBA Game Recap - Phoenix at Memphis
Sat Nov 2, 2019 8:00 PM EDT

NO
104
OKC
115
F
DEN
91
ORL
87
F
BKN
109
DET
113
F
PHO
114
MEM
105
F
MIN
131
WAS
109
F
TOR
105
MIL
115
F
CHA
93
GS
87
F
PHI
129
POR
128
F

Phoenix 114, Memphis 105

Nov 2, 2019, 8:00 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Phoenix (4-2)

31

14

37

32

114

Memphis (1-4)

24

23

22

36

105

Devin Booker, Aron Baynes lead Suns past Grizzlies, 114-105
Sun Nov 3, 2019 12:03 AM

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Aron Baynes isn't worried about style points from 3-point range.

The Australian center converted a career-best four 3-pointers Saturday night, leading to 20 points and the Phoenix Suns used a third quarter burst to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 114-105.

Baynes' last 3-pointer came from a familiar spot around the top of the key and caromed in from straight away. He didn't really say whether he called bank.

"I could have made a better play, but at the end of the day, happy it went down," the 6-foot-10 center said, adding: "Better to learn in victory than it is in defeat, though. We'll take it."

Devin Booker had 21 points to help the Suns improve to 4-2. He and Baynes combined to go 14 of 23 from the field and 7 of 10 from 3-point range, with Booker converting all three of his 3-point attempts. The Suns finished the night shooting 50%, including 14 of 34 from distance.

Rookie Ja Morant led Memphis with 24 points and seven assists. Dillon Brooks and Brandon Clarke scored 16 points each, Clarke adding 11 rebounds.

As it has through much of the early season, the game would get away from Memphis in the third quarter, part of the ongoing second-half problems for the young Grizzlies. Memphis has held halftime leads in all but one game this season, but have stumbled in the final two frames.

This time, Phoenix outscored Memphis 37-22 in the third, with the Grizzlies committing 11 turnovers. That helped the Suns to convert a two-point halftime deficit into a lead that reached 14 as Phoenix carried an 82-69 lead into the fourth quarter.

"We came in (before) the third quarter and talked about the adversity we've faced this season, and how we need to stick together through it all," Booker said about the second-half change. "Went out there, kept moving the ball. Started out very good in the third quarter and it just continued the rest of the game."

The second-half struggles are part of the growing pains for Memphis as it tries to make its way through a rebuilding phase around Morant and second-year forward Jaren Jackson Jr., who left the game in the third quarter with a right knee injury.

"Up (at) halftime, we've faced this before where teams pick up their energy," Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins said. "I didn't feel our energy was there in the third quarter."

TIP-INS

Suns: Kelly Oubre Jr. added 15 points and Frank Kaminsky had 14, 11 in the first half. .Were 11 of 14 inside the arc in the first quarter; 2 of 7 from 3-point range. ... Baynes' previous high for 3s was three, two games ago against Utah. ... Have made at least 13 3-pointers in four straight games. Have made more 3-pointers than their opponents in all six games this season. ... Oubre has reached double figures in 19 straight games

Grizzlies: Reserve G Grayson Allen left the game in the third quarter with a left ankle injury and did not return. Shortly after that, Jackson left with a right knee problem. Jenkins said after the game there were no updates regarding the injuries. ... Jonas Valanciunas had 13 points and seven rebounds, ending his streak of three straight double-doubles. ...Had a 62-48 advantage in points in the paint.

CHANGE OF PACE

The days of Memphis grinding through a game has already gone through a drastic change. The Grizzlies, who were at the bottom in pace last season, are now second at 108.91 possessions. They ranked in the bottom five in pace every season since 2012-13. "When we started hitting the first day of camp, our guys really started to buy in," Jenkins said. "Every single day we talk about our pace. Every day in film, we talk about our pace."

SMALLER CROWD

The crowd was a bit smaller than normal for a Saturday night in Memphis due to almost 60,000 attending the Memphis-SMU nationally televised game in town at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

UP NEXT

Suns: Open a six-game homestand against Philadelphia on Monday night.

Grizzlies: Host Houston on Monday night.

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Leaders

Phoenix PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Carter 0 -1 1 1 0 0
D. Booker 21 9 2 1 0 0
Memphis PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Crowder 0 -5 4 4 0 0
B. Caboclo 0 -4 0 0 1 1

Team Comparison

PHO MEM
Points For 114 105
Field Goals 44/88-50% 42/86-49%
Three Pointers 14/34-41% 9/28-32%
Free Throws 12/16-75% 12/19-63%
Offensive Rebounds 4 13
Defensive Rebounds 28 33
Rebounds 45 54
Blocks 2 8
Steals 9 9
Turnovers 17 20
Points Scored Off Turnovers 24 14
Points in the Paint 48 62
Fast Break Points 17 14
Personal Fouls 20 23
Technical Fouls 1 1
Flagrant Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - PHO Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sat Nov 2 PHO 114 @ MEM 105 C. Johnson 5 M. Guduric 2

Game Information

Stadium: FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee
Attendance: 14,144
Game Time: 2:10