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Phoenix Suns fall to Memphis Grizzlies 121-115

Jan 7, 2024; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Memphis Grizzlies guard Marcus Smart (36) squares up against Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) during the first quarter at Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Allan Henry-USA TODAY Sports

Coming off a commanding win against the Heat two days ago, the Phoenix Suns, with their big three on the court, fell to the Memphis Grizzlies to wrap up their six-game homestand.

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Phoenix struggled all night to find consistency in their offense. Every time they pulled out to a double-digit lead, the Grizzlies would storm back.

At one point in the 3rd quarter, after starting the quarter shooting 8/8, the Suns fell into a 1/11 slump. Then, to start the 4th, the Suns were outscored 19-5, which handed the Grizzlies a two-point lead with less than 10 minutes remaining.

And it was not as if the Suns did not have opportunities, it was actually the opposite. Over and over again, Phoenix failed to convert the easy wide-open threes or fastbreak layups.

The failure to take advantage of easy opportunities was mostly prevalent on the Suns bench. Chimezie Metu went 0-5 from deep, and Keita Bates-Diop had just three points plus a -12 while on the court.

Heading into tonight, in games where they were without Ja Morant, the Grizzlies posted a 6-20 record. That is now 7-20.

Stepping up with Morant out was Jaren Jackson Jr., who finished with 28 points, Marcus Smart with 25 points, and Desmond Bane, who had 16 points in the 2nd half alone.

The Grizzlies, who are last in the NBA in terms of 3P%, made 17 three-pointers.

In the 4th quarter, the Suns were outscored 35-18. From beyond the arc, Phoenix went 0-6 in the final 12 minutes. As a team, they shot 4/20 in the 4th quarter.

Next up for Phoenix is a rematch against the Los Angeles Clippers tomorrow night at 8:30.

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