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Troy Daniels hits late 3, Suns hold off Grizzlies 97-95

PHOENIX (AP) Troy Daniels knew his shot was going in the moment it left his hands, and he knew exactly where he was on the court - right in front of his former team's bench.

Troy Daniels hit a 3-pointer with 17.6 seconds to play to give Phoenix the lead, and the Suns held off the Grizzlies 97-95 on Thursday night for their third victory in four games.

''We work each and every day for moments like this and I just happened to hit the shot,'' Daniels said. ''It feels great, I'll tell you that. I rather for it to be on them (the Grizzlies) then anyone else.''

T.J. Warren led the Suns with 27 points, and Daniels - acquired from the Grizzlies in September - added 14 off the bench. Phoenix won at home for the first time since Nov. 19 against Chicago.

Tyreke Evans led Memphis with 23 points, and Marc Gasol added 13 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and three blocked shots. The Grizzlies have lost eight of nine games and nine straight on the road.

''It's a matter of who makes the most plays and who makes the least mistakes,'' Memphis coach J.B. Bickerstaff said, ''and tonight they made one more play then we did.''

The teams traded baskets and leads for much of the fourth quarter, and there were three ties. Neither team scored from the 3:45 mark of the fourth quarter until Daniels' key 3.

Memphis had two chances to tie or take the lead, but Evans' 26-footer at the buzzer missed.

I thought I could have got to the basket but I kind of stepped back and shot the 3,'' Evans said. ''It shouldn't have came down to that. We had the early lead in the game.''

Greg Monroe rebounded a miss and saved the ball to Daniels for his shot. Monroe had 12 rebounds.

''I just wanted to make sure I stayed in bounds,'' Monroe said. ''If I could just get it to him, I knew he had an open shot.''

The Grizzlies used a 15-2 run to grab a 21-9 lead in the first quarter. But Phoenix outscored Memphis 17-4 over the final four minutes of the quarter to take a 26-25 lead going into the second.

Evans scored 11 of his points in the opening 12 minutes.

''It was a struggle all night, really,'' Suns coach Jay Triano said. ''From the opening tip, five of their first baskets where straight-on drives to the basket.''

The Suns took a 53-44 lead on Warren's 3-pointer with 2:40 left in the second. Then Warren scored and was fouled, making it 56-46.

Warren had 17 of his points at halftime, and the Suns led 60-51 at halftime.

The Grizzlies erased a 12-point third quarter deficit and took a 76-75 lead on Evans' layup, then Kobi Simmons got a steal and layup for a three-point Grizzlies lead with 2:25 left in the third.

Memphis took an 81-79 lead into the fourth quarter.

CHALK TALK

Midway through the third quarter, Suns guard Isaiah Canaan accidentally dusted a fan sitting courtside with the rosin that players put on their hands before checking into the game. It led to a brief exchange in which Canaan apologized and the two smiled.

TIP-INS

Grizzlies: Bickerstaff was asked about speculation that the team is losing games on purpose. ''Everyone is entitled to their own opinion,'' he said. ''We are going to stay positive with our group, stay competitive and let it fall where it may.''... Gasol is the Grizzlies' leader in points, rebounds, assists and blocked shots this season and is one of two NBA players to lead his team in all four categories, along with Giannis Antetokounmpo of Milwaukee. ... F Chandler Parsons returned after resting the past two games, and F-C Brandan Wright saw his first action since Dec. 1, returning from a groin injury.

Suns: Injured star Devin Booker, out since Dec. 6 with a groin injury, could return to practice as soon as this weekend. He took some shots in pregame warmups on Thursday. ... Phoenix hosts Memphis the day after Christmas, at the same time as the Cactus Bowl a couple of blocks away at nearby Chase Field. ... The Suns ended a four-game Grizzlies' win streak in the series.

UP NEXT

Grizzlies: Host the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday night.

Suns: Host Minnesota on Saturday night.

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Key Players
M. Gasol
33 C
I. Canaan
2 PG
19.8 Min. Per Game 19.8
10.5 Pts. Per Game 10.5
4.0 Ast. Per Game 4.0
3.0 Reb. Per Game 3.0
41.6 Field Goal % 40.0
41.6 Three Point % 41.9
83.0 Free Throw % 94.7
  Team rebound 0:01
  Tyreke Evans missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:01
  Bad pass turnover on Dragan Bender, stolen by Brandan Wright 0:05
  Personal foul on Tyreke Evans 0:08
  Defensive rebound by Isaiah Canaan 0:08
  JaMychal Green missed driving layup, blocked by T.J. Warren 0:08
  Offensive rebound by JaMychal Green 0:08
  Tyreke Evans missed driving layup 0:11
+ 3 Troy Daniels made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Greg Monroe 0:17
  Offensive rebound by Greg Monroe 0:19
  Dragan Bender missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:23
Team Stats
Points 95 97
Field Goals 39-90 (43.3%) 33-81 (40.7%)
3-Pointers 5-26 (19.2%) 10-26 (38.5%)
Free Throws 12-16 (75.0%) 21-27 (77.8%)
Total Rebounds 57 52
Offensive 15 12
Defensive 35 32
Team 7 8
Assists 15 21
Steals 5 4
Blocks 7 1
Turnovers 9 10
Fouls 22 17
Technicals 0 0
23 PTS, 9 REB, 5 AST
27 PTS, 5 REB, 1 AST
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away team logo Grizzlies 9-23 2526301495
home team logo Suns 12-22 2634191897
Team Stats
away team logo Grizzlies 9-23 103.6 PPG 38.1 RPG 22.6 APG
home team logo Suns 12-22 102.2 PPG 41.1 RPG 23.6 APG
Key Players
T. Evans PG PPG RPG APG FG%
T. Warren SF 17.2 PPG 4.2 RPG 1.2 APG 50.6 FG%
Top Scorers
T. Evans PG 23 PTS 9 REB 5 AST
T. Warren SF 27 PTS 5 REB 1 AST
43.3 FG% 40.7
19.2 3PT FG% 38.5
75.0 FT% 77.8
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Evans 34 23 9 5 1 0 1 3 9/21 1/6 4/4 1 8 42 +9
M. Gasol 38 13 11 5 0 3 2 2 6/19 1/7 0/0 4 7 35 +4
J. Green 26 12 10 2 0 0 1 0 5/10 0/3 2/2 5 5 25 +8
A. Harrison 33 12 5 1 0 0 2 4 4/6 0/1 4/5 3 2 17 +12
D. Brooks 28 11 2 0 1 2 0 3 5/10 1/3 0/0 0 2 16 +11
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Evans 34 23 9 5 1 0 1 3 9/21 1/6 4/4 1 8 42 +9
M. Gasol 38 13 11 5 0 3 2 2 6/19 1/7 0/0 4 7 35 +4
J. Green 26 12 10 2 0 0 1 0 5/10 0/3 2/2 5 5 25 +8
A. Harrison 33 12 5 1 0 0 2 4 4/6 0/1 4/5 3 2 17 +12
D. Brooks 28 11 2 0 1 2 0 3 5/10 1/3 0/0 0 2 16 +11
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Wright 19 8 4 0 0 1 0 2 4/6 0/0 0/1 0 4 13 +4
M. Chalmers 7 5 0 0 1 0 0 0 2/3 1/1 0/0 0 0 6 -19
C. Parsons 16 4 1 1 0 1 1 3 2/6 0/3 0/0 0 1 7 -15
J. Ennis III 8 3 4 0 0 0 1 0 1/3 1/1 0/0 1 3 6 +3
K. Simmons 8 2 2 1 2 0 1 1 1/3 0/0 0/0 0 2 7 +7
B. McLemore 6 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0/2 0/1 1/2 1 0 2 -10
J. Martin 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0/1 0/0 1/2 0 1 2 -8
D. Davis 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -16
M. Conley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
V. Hunter - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Rabb - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Selden Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 233 95 50 15 5 7 9 22 39/90 5/26 12/16 15 35 178 -10
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Warren 33 27 5 1 1 1 1 1 9/15 1/1 8/10 2 3 35 -1
J. Jackson 26 13 5 1 0 0 0 3 4/9 2/3 3/6 2 3 20 -5
G. Monroe 27 8 12 7 0 0 3 2 4/8 0/0 0/0 5 7 31 -4
T. Ulis 23 5 1 3 0 0 1 2 2/8 1/3 0/0 0 1 11 -14
M. Chriss 16 2 3 0 0 0 0 3 1/3 0/1 0/0 1 2 5 -15
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Warren 33 27 5 1 1 1 1 1 9/15 1/1 8/10 2 3 35 -1
J. Jackson 26 13 5 1 0 0 0 3 4/9 2/3 3/6 2 3 20 -5
G. Monroe 27 8 12 7 0 0 3 2 4/8 0/0 0/0 5 7 31 -4
T. Ulis 23 5 1 3 0 0 1 2 2/8 1/3 0/0 0 1 11 -14
M. Chriss 16 2 3 0 0 0 0 3 1/3 0/1 0/0 1 2 5 -15
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Daniels 21 14 2 2 1 0 2 3 3/7 3/6 5/5 0 2 19 +7
I. Canaan 24 10 3 4 2 0 1 0 3/7 2/3 2/2 0 3 22 +16
A. Len 20 8 6 2 0 0 0 0 3/8 0/0 2/2 2 4 18 +6
D. House 14 6 2 0 0 0 1 0 3/8 0/3 0/0 0 2 7 +3
D. Bender 31 4 5 1 0 0 1 3 1/8 1/6 1/2 0 5 10 +17
J. Dudley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Knight - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Reed - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Peters - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Booker - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Chandler - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. James - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 97 44 21 4 1 10 17 33/81 10/26 21/27 12 32 178 +10