- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 15, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) - The Memphis Grizzlies are back in the playoffs and the upstart Phoenix Suns are staying home.

Mike Conley and Zach Randolph made the critical plays in the final 68 seconds and the Grizzlies pulled out a 97-91 victory over Phoenix that clinched the last playoff spot in the West and eliminated the Suns from postseason competition.

Randolph scored 32 points to lead the inside power game that was just enough for Memphis to beat the Suns for the fourth time in four games this season.

There were 15 lead changes in an intense fourth quarter, with Memphis scoring the final seven after Phoenix took a 91-90 lead on Miles Plumlee’s tip-in with 1:27 to play.

Conley, taking a pass from Randolph, followed with a 3-pointer that put the Grizzlies up 93-91 with 1:08 to go. It was the first go-ahead 3 of Conley’s career with two minutes or less remaining in a game.

Dragic threw the ball away on Phoenix’s next possession and Randolph scored the final two of his 32 points to give Memphis a 95-91 cushion with 47.4 seconds to go.

“It’s stressful, being in a game that both teams are going back and forth,” Conley said. “Every time we made a play, they made a play. Give them credit, they played their hearts out. We were just able to make enough plays down the stretch.”

Memphis weathered 19 turnovers to win its fourth straight, a streak that began with a win over Miami.

“We’ve needed every game basically since February it seems like,” Conley said. “We’ve played every game like a playoff game. It’s been fun to be part of a group that comes in and stays focused and to get back in the playoffs. It’s huge from where we started off this season.”

The Grizzlies were 10-15 after a loss to Dallas on Dec. 18.

“This is a culmination of not just this week or not just March or April, this is a culmination of everything we’ve been through since December,” first-year Memphis coach David Joerger said. “For these guys, it’s a happy locker room, a relieved locker room and just a bunch of very proud guys with great chemistry.”

Mike Miller added 21 points, Marc Gasol 17 and Conley 13 for the Grizzlies, in the playoffs for the fourth straight season.

Markieff Morris had 21 points, and Channing Frye scored 14. So did Dragic, playing on a sore ankle.

The Grizzlies can move ahead of Dallas for the No. 7 spot with a victory at home over the Mavericks in their regular-season finale Wednesday night.

The Suns lost their third straight to come up just short of the playoffs in a remarkable turnaround season under first-year coach Jeff Hornacek, winning 22 more games than a year ago, with one to play, after going 25-57 in 2013.

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