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Basketball: Memphis Grizzlies seal final play-off spot in NBA Western Conference

Published on Apr 15, 2014 3:25 PM
 
Zach Randolph #50 of the Memphis Grizzlies reacts during the second half of the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on Monday, April 14, 2014, in Phoenix, Arizona. Zach Randolph scored a season-high 32 points and collected nine rebounds  as the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Phoenix Suns 97-91 on Monday to seal the eighth and final play-off spot in the National Basketball Association Western Conference. The win also eliminated the Suns from play-off contention. -- PHOTO: AFP

PHOENIX, ARIZONA (Reuters) - Zach Randolph scored a season-high 32 points and collected nine rebounds as the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Phoenix Suns 97-91 on Monday to seal the eighth and final play-off spot in the National Basketball Association Western Conference. The win also eliminated the Suns from play-off contention.

In a tight game down the stretch, point guard Mike Conley put Memphis ahead to stay at 93-91 on a three-pointer with 1min 8sec left. The Suns failed to score another point to slump to defeat.

Markieff Morris scored 21 points off the bench for the Suns (47-34), who will miss the play-offs for a fourth straight season.

The Grizzlies (49-32), tied with Dallas (49-32), play the Mavericks in the season finale on Wednesday with the winner claiming the No. 7 seed in the West.

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