NBA: Memphis 106, Phoenix 89
Rudy May and O.J. Mayo scored 21 points each Friday, leading the Memphis Grizzlies to a 106-89 win over the deflated Phoenix Suns.
Having been eliminated from playoff contention for the first time in five seasons, the Suns gave away an early lead and saw Memphis steadily pull away in the second half.
The Grizzlies shot 51 percent from the field. Mike Conley added 17 points and Marc Gasol had 14.
It was the fifth win in seven games for Memphis, after the Grizzlies had managed just 18 victories in their first 72 contests this season.
Jason Richardson and Louis Amundson had 13 points each to lead Phoenix. The Suns’ Shaquille O’Neal played just 18 minutes and star point guard Steve Nash played 20.