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Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph grabbed 20 rebounds to accompany his 23 points, three steals and two assists as the Grizzlies muscled a 109-99 revenge win out of the Phoenix Suns at FedExForum.
Randolph’s totals for rebounds and points are both season highs.
“It’s huge to have a guy that cleans up all the boards and gives us extra possessions and gets us to the free throw line,” coach Lionel Hollins said about Randolph, who had been hobbled with a tailbone bruise. “You see the impact that he has when he’s out there.”
The win comes just days after a heartbreaking double overtime loss in Phoenix in which many Grizzlies players felt they had let a close game slip away. This win puts the team at 4-4.
Rudy Gay added 22 points for the Grizz, while O.J. Mayo and Mike Conley each scored 16. Rookie Xavier Henry added 14 points off the bench.
Dunk of the Game
Mike Conley! Memphis’ diminutive point guard managed to send home a two-handed jam off an amazing no-look pass from Marc Gasol with 10:45 left in the third quarter. This narrowly beat out a Rudy Gay put-back dunk over Channing Frye that will likely end up on a poster.
@bharris901 The Grizzlies are remarkably better when Hasheem doesn’t take off his warm-ups.
Note: Hasheem Thabeet did not play and Marc Gasol had limited minutes as part of a coach’s decision regarding matchups with the Suns smaller lineup.
@Mconley11 Just opened this new ‘kinect for the xbox… Its crazy.
Posted Nov. 7
The Grizzlies forced 23 turnovers, a big part of their ability to take the lead early and maintain it for most of the game. As noted above, Hasheem Thabeet did not play, making backup point guard Acie Law the most frustrating Grizzlies player to watch. This reporter was able to sit courtside right behind Zach Randolph’s two daughters, who shouted chants of “DADDY!!,” “GO GRIZZLIES!!” and “GO DADDY!!” throughout the game. Zbo gave his kids a wave and a “Hey Baby” when coming in from a timeout.
The Grizzlies next home game is Wednesday against Dallas.
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Gratuitous Grizz Girl Shot
Written by Doug Gillon, Photos by Chase Gustafson