MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- James Posey doesn't remember the last time
he was shooting this well.
Posey scored 32 points and went 4-for-7 on 3-pointers to lead
the Memphis Grizzlies to their seventh straight win, a 109-99
victory over the Phoenix Suns on Friday night.
Posey topped 30 points for the second straight game. He came in
averaging 13 points, but coming off a 38-point performance in the
Grizzlies' 136-133 double overtime victory over Atlanta on Monday.
"I'm just continuing to work on my game and take my shots with
confidence," Posey said.
Posey, who is known more for his tough defense than his shooting
touch, was asked how long it had been since he enjoyed such scoring
"I couldn't tell you," he said.
Memphis coach Hubie Brown said Posey has found the Grizzlies'
fast-pace offense to his liking. Posey joined the Grizzlies as a
free agent from Houston during the offseason.
"His game has flourished here because he excels in this
style," Brown said. "He's a real professional, knows his job. As
you know, he guards the best two or three that the other team has.
That's a tough assignment every night and he never says a word."
Amare Stoudemire had 31 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks to
lead the Suns. Shawn Marion, who hit his first seven shots, had 22
points and 12 rebounds.
Pau Gasol, the Grizzlies' leading scorer played only 15 minutes
and scored 10 points. Gasol hurt his right foot against Atlanta but
team doctors say the injury is not serious.
With an announced crowd of 19,350, the Grizzlies had
back-to-back crowds over 19,000 for only the second time in
The Grizzlies began the game hitting seven of nine shots,
including five 3-pointers. Posey sank three 3s during the fast
Memphis used a 14-1 run in the second period to grab a 59-53
Aside from his stellar shooting night, Posey also helped his
coach avoid getting a technical foul in the second quarter.
Assistant Memphis coach Tony Barone was called for a technical
foul with 3:21 left in the half, upsetting Brown. Posey got between
Brown and official Ron Garretson, holding a towel in front of
Brown's face until the coach calmed down.
"They came in and played hard defense," Stoudemire said.
"Coach Brown wasn't happy with the defense of the first unit and
the second unit came in behind them playing stronger defense."
^Notes:@ Memphis C Lorenzen Wright played for the first time
since missing 13 games with a strained right knee. ... Grizzlies G
Bonzi Wells did not play in the second half because of a back
strain. He played 10 minutes and scored 2 points. ... Memphis is a
league best 24-5 since Feb. 1. ... The Suns were without G Howard
Eisley (hernia), C Jake Voskuhl (left foot) and C Jahidi White