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Suns Strokes: Suns end six-game road trip with overtime loss to Grizzlies

Memphis Grizzlies' Zach Randolph, right, drives against Phoenix Suns' Jermaine O'Neal during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Memphis, Tenn., Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012. Randolph scored 38 points in the Grizzlies 108-98 overtime victory. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

Sure, you could read the box score and know who won, but we all know that won't tell you everything that happened in a basketball game. So, we will give you Suns Strokes, providing you with the analysis, quotes and notes from the Suns' 108-98 overtime loss to the Grizzlies on December 4.

The Good:

The Suns played a strong first half, holding a 52-45 lead. Phoenix shot 51 percent in the half and turned the ball over just five times.

Goran Dragic finished as the Suns' leading scorer with 19 points and 7 assists.

Phoenix had a total of six players in double digits. Luis Scola added 16 points and eight rebounds, Jared Dudley had 13 points and Jermaine O'Neal scored 12 on the night.

The Bad:

Phoenix ended their six-game road trip with their fourth straight loss.

The Suns suffered a late meltdown and looked completely taxed in overtime. Phoenix was outscored 14-4 by Memphis in the extra period.

Alvin Gentry's defense did not have an answer for Zach Randolph. The Memphis forward set season-highs in points (38) and rebounds (22).

Noted:

The Suns were up by as many as 16 against the Grizzlies before falling apart down the stretch.

Phoenix concluded their road trip with a disappointing 1-5 record.

The Suns have trailed by double digits in a staggering 15 of 19 games, a troubling trend that has proved to be quite costly.

Up Next:

The Suns will host the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night at 8:30 p.m.

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