Zach Randolph crashed to the floor in front of the Phoenix Suns bench after he rumbled across the lane.

While Griz coach Dave Joerger led an animated protest from his bench, believing that Randolph had been fouled, the veteran calmly rose and forcefully planted himself on the left block.

When Randolph received the basketball, Suns forward Markieff Morris didn’t know what hit him. Randolph slammed into Morris and then banked in a shot off the glass. The third-quarter basket hit the reset button Friday night, knotting the score entering the fourth quarter of a game in which the Griz otherwise trailed all night.

And then, like he has much of this season, point guard Mike Conley took over.

Randolph’s resilience after a poor start and Conley’s career-high-tying 31 points along with inspired team defense in the second half propelled the Griz to a 104-99 victory over the Suns in FedExForum.

“I feel like I have to make plays at the end of games,” Conley said, adding: “And it really helps when Zach is playing hard. When he’s getting easy put-backs and being aggressive he becomes a better defender. Everything about his game improves and we’re a better team.”

Randolph finished with a near triple-double 20 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists after going 2 of 11 from the field in the first quarter. Randolph wasn’t too shabby chasing the Suns’ stretch fours on the perimeter.