Heart, grit, determination, heart grit, determination.
After a dismal first quarter in which the Grizzlies went up 15 points, the Phoenix Suns recovered and showed the kind of constant poise that was lacking in the first 4 games of the season. The Suns regrouped and outscored Memphis in the next 3 quarters. Still, it took an amazing Grant Hill to Jason Richardson lob at the end of regulation to force the game into overtime. In the first overtime, the Suns outrebounded the Grizzlies 6-2 and forced a second overtime. By then the Grizz were gassed. The Suns outlasted Memphis in the 2nd OT to close out the game.
Jason Richardson was a beast with 38 points off of 14-29 shooting (6-8 from downtown) Hedo Turkoglu showed signs of the player we all hoped he would be with 18 and 5 (5-10 from beyond the arc), while Goran Dragic and Hakim Warrick led the bench with 13 and 15 points respectively.
What can you say about this game? Was it a potential momentum builder? YES. Was it a much needed W? YES. Would a loss have sent the Suns into a downward spiral of misery and melancholy? Who cares? We don't have to worry about it. This was the prototypical team game with virtually every Sun contributing in key moments. I do emphasize virtually as not everyone who played kicked in, but this win could be a building block, giving this squad a much needed boost of confidence. In the game thread I mentioned that the Suns could tire the Grizz out, and they did. By the end of the contest, it was clear Memphis was beyond gassed. Meanwhile the Suns depth showed it's first significant signs of being a huge advantage.
By no means are the Suns home free, the box score shows plenty of evidence of a need for improvement. 28 turnovers will not hack it in the Wild West. 42% shooting will rarely result in a victory. 72% from the line is very meh. The Suns certainly capitalized off of the Grizz 12 missed free throws and 26 turnovers of their own.
But enough of my drivel, enjoy this one Suns fans, this was a win for the ages.
More recap to come.
Post game audio:
Phoenix Suns Out Score Memphis Grizzlies 123-118 In Double Overtime Thriller - SB Nation Arizona
A game that started with the Phoenix Suns playing their worst quarter of basketball of the young season ended with a dramatic three with 1.1 seconds left followed by a lob with just .4 on the clock to tie the game. Two overtime periods later and the Suns were able to outlast the Memphis Grizzles who simply ran out of steam at the end.
[Note by Seth Pollack, 11/05/10 11:31 PM MST ]
Gonna drop my game notes in here. Hope Mr. Cantrelli doesn't mind...
Game Notes Suns vs Grizzlies
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