Duane Washington Jr. scored a career-high 26 factors, and the Phoenix Suns beat the Memphis Grizzlies 125-108 on Tuesday night time.
Washington, a two-way guard in his second 12 months out of Ohio State, went 5 for 9 from 3-point vary and 10 of 21 from the sector total.
Eight Suns scored in double figures, serving to the staff cease a three-game slide. Deandre Ayton had 15 factors and 10 rebounds, and Chris Paul completed with 14 factors and 6 assists.
Ja Morant led Memphis with 34 factors. Desmond Bane was the one different Memphis participant in double figures with 14 earlier than Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins cleared his bench halfway by way of the fourth quarter.
The Suns have been with out a number of key gamers. Devin Booker, who’s making an attempt to return again from a groin damage, lasted four-plus minutes in a Christmas Day loss to Denver and remained out in opposition to the Grizzlies. Landry Shamet joined Cameron Payne and Cam Johnson on the damage checklist together with Booker.
Washington made three of Phoenix’s 10 3-pointers within the first half, serving to the Suns to a 65-49 lead on the break. Memphis made three 3s within the first two quarters.
Morant scored 22 within the third, however two free throws for Josh Okogie and a driving layup by Washington made it 97-80 after three.
Suns: Booker shouldn’t be with the staff, and coach Monty Williams wouldn’t speculate on his return. “He’s getting extra analysis again in Phoenix. He can get the most effective care again there,” Williams mentioned. … With a block within the second quarter, Mikal Bridges handed Tom Chambers for 18th on the Suns franchise checklist with 215.
Grizzlies: Bane, who was taking part in his third recreation after an prolonged absence with a sprained large toe, entered the night time 2 of 15 from 3-point vary and missed all 4 of his makes an attempt from exterior the arc. … Jaren Jackson Jr. tied Rudy Homosexual for fifth on the franchise checklist in blocks with 420.
The Grizzlies confirmed Tuesday afternoon that the sport would go on as scheduled. The town is coping with water strain issues from an prolonged chilly snap with sub-freezing temperatures. About 38,000 of the town’s utility clients had little or no water as of Tuesday. The most important drawback was there have been no fountain drinks at concession stands, however bottled water and mushy drinks have been obtainable.
Suns: Proceed a six-game highway journey in Washington in opposition to the Wizards on Wednesday.
Grizzlies: Journey to Toronto to face the Raptors on Thursday.
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