Miller, Gasol score 14 as Grizzlies snap 3-game skid

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Pau Gasol and the Memphis Grizzlies made
sure they snapped a three-game slide.

Mike Miller had 14 points and 11 rebounds and Gasol also scored
14 points to help the Grizzlies snap their longest losing streak of
the season with a 91-87 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Saturday

"I wanted to start out more aggressive and make my first two or
three shots for a change," said Gasol, who was averaging 11.3
points during the losing streak. "I just haven't been as sharp and
as confident as I usually am. I was missing too many easy shots and
too many close shots to the rim that I normally would finish with
more authority."

Phoenix lost for the fourth time in its last five.

The Grizzlies built the lead to 11 after opening the fourth
quarter with a 10-3 run that included 3-pointers by Eddie Jones and
Dahntay Jones.

The Suns erased the advantage with an 11-0 run and tied it at 82
on Steve Nash's drive with 2:37 left.

But a block by Miller led to Eddie Jones' dunk, and Damon
Stoudamire's 20-footer with just over a minute left gave Memphis
the lead for good at 88-84. Nash's 3-pointer with 14 seconds left
cut it to 89-87, but the Suns could get no closer.

"We tied it up there with a minute or so left in the game, but
we just ran out of juice," said Suns forward Shawn Marion, who had
16 points, 17 rebounds and six blocks. "... When you're tired,
shots stop falling. The ball takes a little longer to get up there,
and the ball starts getting heavier and heavier."

Shane Battier added 13 points for Memphis, while Eddie Jones and
Antonio Burks had 12 each -- a career high for Burks, who is getting
more playing time because of an injury to backup guard Bobby

"(The Suns) were going under the screens, and I was just
pulling up and making shots," Burks said. "I was feeling good
once I made a couple of layups, so everything just fell into

Eddie House led the Suns in scoring for the second consecutive
game, finishing with 21 points. Nash had 19, including 10 in the
fourth. Boris Diaw had 11 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists.

Phoenix was hampered by 38-percent shooting and 17 turnovers,
leading to 18 Memphis points. The Grizzlies had five turnovers, a
season-low for Memphis. The Suns' 87 points was 15 points below
their league-leading 102.6 per game. But with a short bench due to
injuries and coming from behind to defeat New Orleans on Friday
night, Phoenix wasn't as sharp.

"It certainly isn't easy. This is our ninth game in 13 days
with a very limited bench," Nash said. "I thought we were still
pretty enthused down the stretch, but we didn't make the plays."<
Notes: Battier returned to action after missing a game because of a jammed right index finger. ... Jackson missed his third straight game with a right hamstring injury. ... The Suns did not shoot a free throw in the first three quarters. Diaw was the first Sun to go to the line, hitting one of two free throws with 10:46 remaining. They finished the game 3-of-4 from the line, setting a franchise record for fewest free throws attempted in a game and tying the mark for fewest made. ... Phoenix outrebounded Memphis 60-45, including 19 offensive boards, leading to 18 second-chance points. ... Miller's 14 points and 11 rebounds was his first double-double of the season.

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