In their fourth consecutive win, the Memphis Grizzlies clinch their fourth consecutive playoff berth while eliminating the Phoenix Suns. Monday night the Grizzlies defeated the Suns in Phoenix 97-91. Grizzlies Zach Randolph scored a season-high 32 points, 13 in the first quarter. The last time Z-Bo scored 32 points was also against the Suns two years ago. Mike Miller also scored a season-high 21 points, 15 of those points were three-pointers. Marc Gasol added 18 points.
This has been an amazing 180 for the Memphis Grizzlies, who were 13-16 and in 12th place at end of December. Since then, the Grizzlies have one of best records in the NBA at 36-16. One of the keys to this transformation was Marc Gasol. Memphis was only 10-13 when Gasol was out with a sprained knee from November through January. With Gasol in the lineup, the Grizzlies are 39-19.
The Grizzlies final regular season game is against the Mavericks in Memphis on Wednesday night. If they win, the Grizzlies will be the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference and will face the No. 2 seed in the first round of the playoffs, which will most likely be the OKC Thunder. If Memphis wins, it will be the Grizzlies’ 50th win and the third 50-win season in franchise history.