Stoudemire, Suns Run Past Grizzlies

Shaq sits, Gay ties career-high with 36 points in loss
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 8, 2008 11:17 PM CDT
Phoenix Suns forward Boris Diaw (3), of France, drives past Memphis Grizzlies Mike Conley, left, Hakim Warrick, center, and Kyle Lowry, second from right, as Amare Stoudemire , right, watches.   (AP Photo/Lance Murphey)
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(Newser) – Amare Stoudemire had 28 points and 11 rebounds, and the Phoenix Suns beat the Memphis Grizzlies 127-113 on Tuesday night despite playing without an injured Shaquille O'Neal. Stoudemire shot 10-of-13 from the field as the Suns won their eighth straight over the Grizzlies and moved a half-game behind the idle Houston Rockets for the fifth spot in the Western Conference playoffs.

Raja Bell scored 18 points for Phoenix, while Grant Hill had 17. Steve Nash and Leandro Barbosa finished with 16 points apiece, with Nash handing out eight assists. Gordan Giricek added 14 points and Boris Diaw scored 12. The Suns were without center Shaquille O'Neal, who sat out with a right hip contusion.