Mike Conley torches Phoenix for career-best 38 points as Grizzlies maul lowly Suns
Mike Conley got going early in scoring 23 of his career-high 38 in the first half. AP

MIKE Conley put on a scoring clinic in dropping a career-high 38 points to lead the Memphis Grizzlies in blowing out the struggling Phoenix Suns, 115-96, at the Talking Stick Resort Arena on Monday (Tuesday, Manila time).

Conley caught fire early on, pouring 23 first half points on 4-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc to help Grizzlies close the half strong with a 25-15 run and end up with a 59-48 halftime lead.

Memphis showed no let up after the break in going off a 13-4 start to extend the lead to 20. Phoenix got it down to 14, but the Conley’s  seventh triple of the game capped a 27-13 run bridging the third and fourth quarters to get on top by 28, 105-77.

Emotions got the best of the Suns midway through the fourth as PJ Tucker got ejected and Conley notched his new career mark in hitting the technical free throws to maintain a 28-point advantage, 109-81.

The Grizzlies starters then watched from the bench as their reserves proved strong enough to fend off a late rally from the Suns.  

Conley added nine assists to his tally, while Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph each scored 18 to help the Grizzlies improve to 29-21 with their second win in a row.

Devin Booker led Phoenix with 22 points, but the Suns lost their third straight game to fall to 15-33. Marquese Chriss chipped in 20 markers and Eric Bledsoe scored 14 on just 3-of-11 shooting.

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