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.
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.
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.
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.