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Chandler slams alley-oop at buzzer to lift Suns over Memphis

PHOENIX (AP) Tyson Chandler learned of the Suns' crafty inbounds play when Jay Triano took over as coach early this season. With 0.6 seconds left in a tie game Tuesday night, he asked Triano during a timeout if Phoenix was going to run it.

Triano said yes.

Dragan Bender and Chandler did the rest.

Bender threw a perfect pass at the rim from the opposite sideline, Chandler jumped over the Grizzlies' Brandan Wright to slam it down with 0.4 seconds remaining, and the Suns beat the Memphis Grizzlies 99-97.

After replay review for offensive goaltending, the basket counted, and the Grizzlies couldn't get off a decent shot before the final buzzer.

''My job was to punch it in. It was close,'' Chandler said. ''It might have hit the back rim but I caught it over the cylinders because I knew there was no goaltending.''

Triano described his plan.

''I told our guy (Bender) to shoot the ball in the basket and all Tyson has to do is touch it on the way down or grab the rim and have it hit your knuckle and go in,'' Triano said, explaining the no-goaltending-from-out-of-bounds rule that made the basket good.

Had Chandler not touched Bender's pass and it went through the hoop, the basket would not have counted.

''He got a little push. They usually don't call that stuff at the end of the game. I went up and my hand went under and through the rim, so it kind of messed my timing up a little bit,'' Wright said. ''I had to pull it back out because I didn't want to get a goaltend. They just made a play, a perfect pass.''

Devin Booker scored 32 points in his return from a three-week injury absence before fouling out in the final minute, but the Suns needed one final play after Jarell Martin slammed in a rebound with 0.6 seconds remaining to tie it at 97.

''It is what it is,'' Grizzlies coach J.B. Bickerstaff said.

The Suns beat the Grizzlies in a tight game at home for the second time in six days after handing them a 97-95 defeat on Dec. 21. Phoenix has won four of its last six games while Memphis has lost nine of 11.

The Suns used a 13-0 run to turn a four-point deficit into a 91-82 lead midway through the fourth quarter. The Grizzlies went nearly six minutes without a point.

But Booker fouled out with 41 seconds to go and Memphis cut it to 96-95 when Tyreke Evans made a layup with 6.2 seconds left.

Evans said he hurt his knee in a collision on his drive that led to the tying basket and had to sit out the final play of game, subbed out for Wright.

T.J. Warren scored 17 points for the Suns.

Evans had 25 points for the Grizzlies, who got 18 from Marc Gasol.

Booker hit his first shot of the game, a 16-foot jumper 13 seconds after tipoff. He made 9 of 21 shots and 11 of 12 of free throws.

''This is better than Christmas for me,'' Booker said. ''Getting a chance to be back out on the floor, playing with my brothers and coming out with a close win makes it that much better.''

TIP-INS

Grizzlies: F Chandler Parsons was held out for rest, the third game in the past five in which he didn't play. ... F JaMychal Green missed his second straight game with right knee soreness. ... G Mike Conley missed his 22nd consecutive game with a left Achilles tendon injury. ''He's still working. He's on the trip with us now, so he's improving,'' Bickerstaff said. ''We don't have a (return) date set yet, but he's making steps in the right direction.''

Suns: Triano reached 100 career victories as an NBA coach. He has 13 with the Suns and 87 with Toronto. ... The Suns' bench averaged 51.4 points per game as a unit over five previous games, but combined for 29 with Booker's return Tuesday. ... C Greg Monroe, who had 12 rebounds, eight points and seven assists the last time the teams met, did not play.

PASSING GEMS

Bender had the assist of the night, his only one of the game. Booker threw three lobs to the rim for dunks as part of his six assists. Two went to Chandler in the first quarter and one toss found Marquese Chriss for a jam with 4:47 left in the second.

SCORE CHANGE

The game was delayed for a few moments before the start of the second quarter while officials deliberated about the score. It originally read 29-21 when the first quarter ended, but was changed to 29-19.

UP NEXT

Grizzlies: At Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday.

Suns: At Sacramento on Friday.

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Key Players
M. Gasol
33 C
T. Warren
12 SF
31.8 Min. Per Game 31.8
19.1 Pts. Per Game 19.1
1.4 Ast. Per Game 1.4
5.8 Reb. Per Game 5.8
41.2 Field Goal % 47.6
41.3 Three Point % 47.5
83.2 Free Throw % 76.9
+ 2 Tyson Chandler made alley-oop shot, assist by Dragan Bender 0:00
+ 2 Jarell Martin made dunk 0:00
  Offensive rebound by Jarell Martin 0:00
  Tyreke Evans missed driving layup 0:00
  Defensive rebound by Brandan Wright 0:04
  T.J. Warren missed 2nd of 2 free throws 0:05
+ 1 T.J. Warren made 1st of 2 free throws 0:05
  Personal foul on Brandan Wright 0:05
+ 2 Tyreke Evans made driving layup 0:06
+ 1 Isaiah Canaan made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:18
+ 1 Isaiah Canaan made 1st of 2 free throws 0:18
Team Stats
Points 97 99
Field Goals 35-87 (40.2%) 32-72 (44.4%)
3-Pointers 3-20 (15.0%) 8-22 (36.4%)
Free Throws 24-29 (82.8%) 27-35 (77.1%)
Total Rebounds 46 59
Offensive 10 6
Defensive 28 35
Team 8 18
Assists 12 24
Steals 10 5
Blocks 11 5
Turnovers 10 19
Fouls 28 29
Technicals 1 2
25 PTS, 5 REB, 5 AST
32 PTS, 5 REB, 6 AST
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away team logo Grizzlies 10-24 1934232197
home team logo Suns 13-23 2928192399
Team Stats
away team logo Grizzlies 10-24 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Suns 13-23 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
T. Evans PG PPG RPG APG FG%
D. Booker SG 24.9 PPG 4.5 RPG 4.7 APG 43.2 FG%
Top Scorers
T. Evans PG 25 PTS 5 REB 5 AST
D. Booker SG 32 PTS 5 REB 6 AST
40.2 FG% 44.4
15.0 3PT FG% 36.4
82.8 FT% 77.1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Evans 36 25 5 5 1 1 1 3 10/22 2/5 3/4 1 4 41 +11
M. Gasol 37 18 6 0 1 4 4 1 4/16 0/4 10/11 1 5 25 -12
A. Harrison 30 12 2 1 2 1 0 6 5/14 1/4 1/4 0 2 19 -8
B. Wright 18 7 5 1 1 2 0 3 3/5 0/0 1/1 0 5 17 -12
D. Brooks 32 6 1 1 1 0 0 4 3/10 0/4 0/0 0 1 10 -2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Evans 36 25 5 5 1 1 1 3 10/22 2/5 3/4 1 4 41 +11
M. Gasol 37 18 6 0 1 4 4 1 4/16 0/4 10/11 1 5 25 -12
A. Harrison 30 12 2 1 2 1 0 6 5/14 1/4 1/4 0 2 19 -8
B. Wright 18 7 5 1 1 2 0 3 3/5 0/0 1/1 0 5 17 -12
D. Brooks 32 6 1 1 1 0 0 4 3/10 0/4 0/0 0 1 10 -2
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Ennis III 21 11 5 2 1 0 3 1 2/3 0/1 7/7 2 3 18 +6
J. Martin 26 10 6 0 1 1 0 4 5/9 0/0 0/0 4 2 18 -1
K. Simmons 26 6 5 2 2 1 1 3 2/5 0/2 2/2 1 4 17 -2
D. Davis 8 2 3 0 0 1 1 3 1/3 0/0 0/0 1 2 5 +10
M. Conley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Parsons - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Chalmers - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. McLemore - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Green - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
V. Hunter - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Rabb - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Selden Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 97 38 12 10 11 10 28 35/87 3/20 24/29 10 28 170 -10
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Booker 33 32 5 6 1 0 5 6 9/21 3/9 11/12 0 5 45 +10
T. Warren 29 17 0 0 0 0 0 3 7/14 0/1 3/5 0 0 17 +6
T. Ulis 27 8 3 6 1 0 1 3 3/8 2/2 0/0 1 2 23 +11
T. Chandler 17 7 6 2 0 1 1 4 3/4 0/0 1/2 1 5 17 +2
M. Chriss 29 6 13 0 2 1 5 4 2/3 0/0 2/4 1 12 17 +11
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Booker 33 32 5 6 1 0 5 6 9/21 3/9 11/12 0 5 45 +10
T. Warren 29 17 0 0 0 0 0 3 7/14 0/1 3/5 0 0 17 +6
T. Ulis 27 8 3 6 1 0 1 3 3/8 2/2 0/0 1 2 23 +11
T. Chandler 17 7 6 2 0 1 1 4 3/4 0/0 1/2 1 5 17 +2
M. Chriss 29 6 13 0 2 1 5 4 2/3 0/0 2/4 1 12 17 +11
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Len 29 12 6 4 0 2 2 3 4/6 0/0 4/6 2 4 26 -1
T. Daniels 20 6 0 1 0 1 1 1 2/4 2/3 0/0 0 0 8 -4
I. Canaan 20 4 1 4 1 0 2 1 0/2 0/1 4/4 0 1 12 -8
J. Jackson 12 4 3 0 0 0 2 2 1/4 0/1 2/2 1 2 5 -8
D. Bender 18 3 4 1 0 0 0 2 1/6 1/5 0/0 0 4 9 -9
J. Dudley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Monroe - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Knight - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Reed - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Peters - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. House - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 99 41 24 5 5 19 29 32/72 8/22 27/35 6 35 179 +10