Dragic helps Suns rally past Grizzlies

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 5, 2013 at 11:28 pm •  Published: February 5, 2013
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The shooting percentages, which were so good in the first half, decreased to a more normal number.

Neither team was able to get much of a buffer, but Memphis did make a push behind Bayless late in the third period, and a tip-in by Prince at the horn provided Memphis with a 71-65 lead entering the fourth.

"I just tried to get through the first three quarters," said Dragic, who was dealing with foul issues in addition to the virus. "In the fourth quarter, I got my confidence up."

Memphis' lead didn't hold up as Dragic converted consecutive three-point plays near the midpoint of the fourth, putting Phoenix up 80-79.

Dragic converted another three-point play when he was fouled on a 10-footer in the lane for an 86-82 lead. Bayless, meanwhile, was still connecting from the top of the key, and despite Dragic's production, the Suns' lead never reached more than six.

But Memphis' turnovers stymied any chance the Grizzlies had of another run. There was a backcourt violation, a bad pass by guard Mike Conley and then Prince and Bayless failed to connect on the inbounds pass with about 50 seconds left.

"We had a chance to win the game, but we had too many turnovers in the fourth and didn't get any opportunities," said Conley, who finished with nine points on 3 of 11 shooting and handed out five assists.

Conley's drive with 3 seconds remaining gave the Grizzlies a 52-50 lead at halftime.

Gortat hit his first seven shots, part of Phoenix hitting 60 percent until the latter stages of the half. They ended the half at 53 percent, Gortat going 8 of 10 from the field.

NOTES: Suns F Jermaine O'Neal returned to the lineup after missing the last seven games due to personal medical reasons. ... Officials reviewed a last-second tip-in by Prince at the end of the third before finally ruling that it came before the buzzer. The review was so close that all three officials looked at the shot on replay all the way through the break between the third and the fourth periods. ... Jared Dudley, who averages 12.2 points, third-best on the Suns, was scoreless in 17 minutes, missing all five of his shots. ... Bayless' previous season high was 23 at Oklahoma City on Jan. 31. ...Prince obtained last week in a three-team trade that sent Rudy Gay to Toronto, was in the Grizzlies' starting lineup after coming off the bench for his first game with Memphis. ... Phoenix is now 5-20 on the road this season. . The Suns' 22 turnovers were the most by a Grizzlies opponent since Dec. 21 when Dallas committed 24.



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