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Conley leads Grizzlies over Suns

Memphis, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - Mike Conley tied a career high with 31 points, 17 of which came in the second half, to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 104-99 victory over the Phoenix Suns at FedEx Forum.

Conley, who poured in 30 points in Tuesday's 110-108 overtime loss to San Antonio, finished 11-of-19 from the field and added seven assists in a second straight outstanding performance.

"I feel like I'm just showing people what I can do," he said. "I'm just going to continue playing and try to get wins and see what happens, because I have no control over [the All-Star selections]. But I feel like I'm playing at an all-time level right now."

Zach Randolph posted 20 points and 13 rebounds and Ed Davis amassed 10 points and 17 boards off the bench in the win, the Grizzlies' third in as many meetings with the Suns this season.

"They are a tough team for us, for whatever reason," Suns head coach Jeff Hornacek remarked.

Goran Dragic paced Phoenix with 21 points and eight assists, with Markieff Morris tallying 17 points in defeat.

A tightly contested game throughout was deadlocked at 88-88 until Conley buried a 3-pointer with 2:43 remaining. The standout point guard found Davis for a successful jumper on the Grizzlies' next possession, then fed James Johnson for another trey that capped a pivotal 8-2 run that put Memphis up by six with 1:40 left.

"Mike Conley made a bunch of great plays at the end of the game," said Hornacek.

The Suns got the deficit down to four on three occasions down the stretch, the last coming on a Dragic runner that pulled Phoenix within 100-96 with 28.1 seconds to go. Mike Miller hit two from the line on Memphis' ensuing trip, however, and Courtney Lee followed with two game-sealing free throws after the Suns' Channing Frye was off the mark on a long-range jumper.

Memphis trailed by double digits early on after an 8-0 run sent the Suns ahead by a 25-15 count eight minutes in. The Grizzlies countered with a 10-2 burst to close the gap, and the game remained close until the Suns began to create some separation towards the end of the first half.

A Marcus Morris 3-pointer ignited a 7-2 spurt that extended Phoenix's lead to 51-44 with three minutes left in the second quarter, and the Suns carried a 55-48 advantage into the break behind 13 points from Dragic and 10 from Frye.

Phoenix owned a 71-64 lead midway through the third quarter before missing 11 of its next 12 field goal attempts, enabling the Grizzlies to end the period on a 10-3 run that forged a 74-74 tie entering the final frame.

Game Notes

Conley also had 31 points against Philadelphia on Mar. 7, 2009 ... Davis' 17 rebounds bettered a career best set twice previously, most recently at Houston while with Toronto on Feb. 28, 2012 ... The Suns dropped to 5-6 when guard Eric Bledsoe, who underwent knee surgery on Friday and is sidelined indefinitely, is out of the lineup ... Memphis shot 48.8 percent from the floor compared to a 41.3 percent clip for Phoenix, improving the Grizzlies to 15-4 when outshooting their opponent this season.

01/11 00:14:33 ET

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Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
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x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
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Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
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