Grizzlies defeat Suns 110-91

Jon Leuer’s career night and Ed Davis’ double-double helped the

Memphis Grizzlies fill a void left by two key injuries.

Leuer scored a career-high 23 points, Davis added 21 points and

12 rebounds, and the Grizzlies made the best of their makeshift

lineup to defeat the Phoenix Suns 110-91 Tuesday night.

Leuer and Davis got plenty of playing time because of injuries

to front-line starters Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol.

”When they are out, we just want to fill in for them,” said

Davis, who started in Randolph’s spot.

Leuer, who came off the bench, connected on 10 of 13 shots,

Davis made 8 of 11, and seven players finished in double figures

for Memphis, which shot 55 percent from the floor.

In addition to a career-high in points, Leuer had three blocks,

another career-best, and matched his career-high with nine

rebounds.

”I think early in the game getting in there and grabbing a few

rebounds and knocking my first couple of shots down (helped) and

getting some easy baskets,” said Leuer, who entered the game

averaging 2.9 points and 1.7 rebounds. ”You get into a rhythm

after that. . Confidence starts to build, and from there on I was

just feeling good.”

Mike Conley had 18 points and 14 assists for Memphis, which

snapped a four-game losing streak at home.

Marcus Morris led the Suns with 18 points, Goran Dragic added 16

and Miles Plumlee had 11.

Memphis played its second straight game without Randolph, who

had ingrown toenail surgery Saturday. Gasol is out indefinitely

with a left knee sprain.

Kosta Koufos, starting in place of Gasol, finished with 14

points and 12 rebounds, while Tony Allen scored 11 points. Tayshaun

Prince and Jerryd Bayless had 10 points each.

”The key is to try and spread it around because I can’t do it

by myself,” Conley said. ”Tony (Allen) can’t do it by himself. We

have to have everybody collectively chip in.”

The turnaround in the game came in the second half when Memphis

hit two-thirds of its shot and outscored the Suns 64-37.

”The second half was terrible,” Suns coach Jeff Hornacek said.

”We have to be able to fight over screens. We have to get after

it. We let their guy just shove you in the back. If we have no more

fight than that, what else can you do?”

The Suns carried a 54-46 lead into the break as Morris had 15

points off the Suns bench. Morris connected on 6 of 12 from the

field, including 2 of 4 from outside the arc.

Conley had 11 to lead the Grizzlies.

Memphis heated up in the third, hitting 11 of its first 15 shots

to go on a 23-9 run and the Grizzlies outscored Phoenix 36-20 in

the third for an 82-74 lead heading to the fourth.

Davis had 11 points in the third as Memphis ended up hitting 16

of 23 shots.

”It stared in the second half,” Plumlee said of the Suns’

downfall. ”I think we got too relaxed. They turned it up, and

that’s what happens.”

Leuer stayed hot in the final quarter and Memphis’ lead

eventually reached 21 points.

”We all have to pick it up from the first guy to the last guy

on the bench,” Davis said. ”We can’t replace Marc, and we can’t

replace (Randolph), but we all can replace some of the things they

do.”

NOTES: Memphis was playing its second game in a six-game

homestand, the longest of the season. … Memphis guard Tony Allen

went to locker room holding his hip after a second-quarter scramble

for a loose ball, but returned after intermission and started the

second half. … Suns G Eric Bledsoe had nine points, ending his

string of 11 straight games in double figures. … The Suns made

only seven 3-pointers, snapping a streak of nine straight games

with at least eight 3-pointers. … Koufos has recorded

double-digit rebounds in each of the four games he has started

since the injury to Gasol.