NBA Game Recap - Memphis at Phoenix
Wed Dec 11, 2019 9:00 PM EST

LAC
112
TOR
92
F
LAL
96
ORL
87
F
BOS
117
IND
122
F
HOU
116
CLE
110
F
CHA
113
BKN
108
F
UTA
127
MIN
116
F
ATL
102
CHI
136
F
MEM
115
PHO
108
F
NO
112
MIL
127
F
OKC
93
SAC
94
F
NY
124
GS
122
F(OT)

Memphis 115, Phoenix 108

Dec 11, 2019, 9:00 PM EST

Final

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2

3

4

T

Memphis (8-16)

27

24

33

31

115

Phoenix (11-13)

19

32

28

29

108

Brooks, Jackson lead Grizzlies over Suns 115-108
Thu Dec 12, 2019 12:44 AM

PHOENIX (AP) Rookie Ja Morant had a quiet game by his standards but found himself on the perimeter with 45 seconds remaining, ball in hand and his Grizzlies clinging to a four-point lead.

The 6-foot-3 guard dribbled a few times and then blew past Phoenix's 6-foot-10 forward Aron Baynes, who desperately tried to stay in front before Morant elevated and slammed the ball over Baynes' outstretched arms.

The Memphis bench howled in delight. A tight game was essentially over and the Grizzlies finished with a 115-108 victory over the Suns on Wednesday night.

"Oh my gosh, I was screaming," Memphis guard Dillon Brooks said. "That's how electric he is. He's a special player -- even if he's having a tough game, he can find a way to electrify. That just put us over the top."

Brooks scored 27 points, Jaren Jackson Jr. added 24 and the Grizzlies won two games in a row for the first time in nearly a month. Morant had 13 points, six assists and four rebounds.

Jackson shot 10 of 18 from the field, including 3 of 7 from 3-point range, and the Grizzlies improved to 6-0 when Brooks scores at least 20 points.

The Grizzlies led 84-79 going into the fourth quarter after Jackson scored 11 points in the third and they pushed their advantage to 91-81 early in the fourth quarter. The Suns pulled within 93-90 with 6:37 left, but couldn't get any closer.

"We were guarding," Brooks said. "We were taking it personal. They beat us at our house, so we wanted to beat them at their crib."

But the game was still in doubt until Morant's poster-worthy dunk. The rookie said the bench was laughing in the aftermath, joking that it took him two months to finally finish a huge slam in a clutch moment.

"It felt good," Morant said. "I feel like everybody knows that's my game. To go to the rack with force and try to finish the play aggressive and was able to get one tonight."

Frank Kaminsky III led the Suns with a season-high 24 points and Ricky Rubio tied a season-high with 22. Kelly Oubre Jr. added 14 points and 13 rebounds. Leading scorer Devin Booker had an off night with just 15 points on 6-of-17 shooting.

"I think we came in complacent thinking it was going to be easier than it was," Booker said. "They came ready to play and credit them for playing hard, but we have to do better."

Phoenix scored the first 11 points of the game but Memphis responded quickly, going on a 25-6 run to take a 27-19 lead by the end of the first quarter. The teams were tied at 51 going into halftime.

Kaminsky led the Suns with 15 points in the first half, shooting 6 of 7 from the field, including 3 of 3 from 3-point range. Brooks and Brandon Clarke - who played high school basketball in Phoenix - both had 13 for the Grizzlies before the break.

BIG BENCH

The Grizzlies' got a lot of production from bench players Clarke and De'Anthony Melton. The 6-foot-2 Melton had nine points, six rebounds and three assists and the Grizzlies outscored the Suns by 22 points during the 19 minutes he was on the floor.

GOOD STARTS, NO FINISH

Phoenix started the game on an 11-0 run, the second quarter on a 7-0 run and the third quarter on a 6-0 run. None of that mattered after the loss.

"That was fool's gold," Phoenix coach Monty Williams said of the initial 11-0 start. "We just didn't have a defensive focus tonight."

TIP-INS

Grizzlies: Guard Grayson Allen didn't play because of right ankle soreness. ... Kyle Anderson (heel) played after missing five straight games. He played 12 minutes and finished with three points and four rebounds. ... The Grizzlies improved to 8-16 for the season.

Suns: Starting center Deandre Ayton missed the 23rd of his 25-game suspension for violating the NBA's drug policy. He's eligible to return on Dec. 17 in a road game against the Los Angeles Clippers. ... The Suns fell to 11-13 for the season.

UP NEXT

The Grizzlies: Return home to face the Bucks on Friday.

The Suns: Face the Spurs in Mexico City on Saturday.

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Leaders

Memphis PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
S. Hill 0 0 0 5 1 0
D. Brooks 27 -10 1 3 2 0
Phoenix PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
T. Jerome 0 -5 1 2 1 0
F. Kaminsky 24 6 3 5 1 0

Team Comparison

MEM PHO
Points For 115 108
Field Goals 42/87-48% 37/93-40%
Three Pointers 10/24-42% 9/34-26%
Free Throws 21/26-81% 25/30-83%
Offensive Rebounds 7 8
Defensive Rebounds 48 36
Rebounds 63 48
Blocks 4 4
Steals 8 6
Turnovers 18 12
Points Scored Off Turnovers 11 27
Points in the Paint 50 48
Fast Break Points 9 12
Personal Fouls 28 20
Technical Fouls 0 0
Flagrant Fouls 0 1
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Series Tied 1-1

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sat Nov 2 PHO 114 @ MEM 105 C. Johnson 5 M. Guduric 2
Wed Dec 11 MEM 115 @ PHO 108 T. Jones 2 M. Bridges 3

Game Information

Stadium: Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, Arizona
Attendance: 13,254
Game Time: 2:16