Grizzlies 104, Suns 99

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MEMPHIS -- Point guard Mike Conley tied his career high with 31 points and forward Zach Randolph added 20 points and 12 rebounds to lead the MEMPHIS Grizzlies to a 104-99 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Friday night.

The Grizzlies improved to 3-0 against the Suns this season and have won six of the past eight against Phoenix.

Guard Goran Dragic led the Suns with 21 points and forward Markeiff Morris added 17.

The Grizzlies (16-19) struggled for most of the game at the free-throw line, but connected on their final eight attempts to seal the win.

After taking a one-point lead in the game's opening minutes, the Grizzlies didn't go ahead again until Conley hit a 3-pointer for a 91-88 lead with 2:43 left. MEMPHIS never trailed the rest of the way.

Conley's 31-point effort followed a 30-point game in an overtime loss at home to San Antonio on Tuesday.

The Suns hit four consecutive 3-pointers to open the second half and take a 67-58 lead. Guard Gerald Green knocked down the first two and forward P.J. Tucker and Dragic added the others.

Mostly behind Randolph and Conley, the Grizzlies fought back and tied the game in the final minute of the third quarter. Randolph tied the game at 74 on a turnaround bank shot with 42.5 seconds left.

After the Suns pulled ahead by four early in the final period, the Grizzlies tied the game again at 86 with 6:22 left on a short one-handed jumper by center Kosta Koufos.

Despite being outrebounded 26-21, the Suns led 55-48 at the half. Dragic had 13 at the break and forward Channing Frye had 10 for Phoenix, which shot 52 percent in the opening two quarters.

The Suns trailed only briefly -- in the game's opening minutes -- after Koufos scored on a layup to give the Grizzlies an 8-7 advantage. Phoenix then built a 10-point lead in the opening quarter.

The Grizzlies tied the game at 36 early in the second quarter after Conley followed a 3-pointer with a layup. But the Suns recovered and quickly re-established control behind reserve forwards Marcus Morris and Markieff Morris, who combined for 13 points in the second quarter.

NOTES: Suns G Eric Bledsoe missed his fifth straight game. He underwent arthroscopic surgery on Friday to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee and is out indefinitely. He had surgery on the same knee in October 2011 and missed nearly four months. ... Grizzlies G Tony Allen missed his third straight game with a sprained left wrist. ... The Grizzlies played their 14th game (in the past 22) without two or more of their opening-day starting lineup of Allen, C Marc Gasol, F Tayshaun Prince, G Mike Conley and F Zach Randolph. ... The Grizzlies reassigned G Jamaal Franklin to their NBA Developmental League affiliate in Fort Wayne, Ind. ... The Grizzlies outrebounded the Suns 19-11 in the first quarter and their total included 10 offensive rebounds.

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