Suns win 3rd straight, snap Hawks' 4-game streak
- Article by: BOB BAUM
- Associated Press
- March 1, 2013 - 10:52 PM
PHOENIX - Marcus Morris tied his career high with four 3-pointers, in five attempts, and scored 16 points in his fifth game with Phoenix, helping the Suns win their third in a row with a 92-87 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night.
Twin brother Markieff Morris added 11 points as Phoenix snapped Atlanta's four-game winning streak. Wesley Johnson scored 13 of his 15 points in the third quarter for the Suns.
Goran Dragic had 19 points for Phoenix before leaving with a lower back bruise with 4:44 left in the third quarter.
Al Horford scored 20 and Kyle Korver 17 for Atlanta on the fourth stop of a six-game road trip. Josh Smith managed just five points on 2-of-11 shooting and committed five turnovers but had 10 rebounds.
Jared Dudley got into a heated argument with Suns teammate Luis Scola entering a timeout in the third quarter, then snapped at coach Lindsey Hunter in the huddle and had to be calmed down by assistant coaches. He was benched and did not return.
Phoenix took the lead for good with a 14-1 run at the end of the first half and start of the second.
The Suns scored the last eight points of the first half, the final six on a pair of 3-pointers from the corner by Marcus Morris, to lead 44-39 at halftime.
Dragic scored 10 in the first quarter and 14 in the half.
Phoenix maintained the lead throughout the third quarter and was up 63-54 after Johnson's 22-footer with 4:12 left. A 7-2 Hawks spurt cut it to 65-61 on Korver's free throw after Markieff Morris was called for a technical. But the Suns scored the final seven of the quarter to lead 72-61 entering the fourth.
Johnson, who shot 5 for 5 in the third quarter, sank a 3 during the run. But the highlight came after an Atlanta turnover when Marcus Morris soared in for a dunk but was knocked hard to the floor by Jeff Teague, who was called for a flagrant foul. Marcus Morris made both free throws with 35.7 seconds to go in the period to make it an 11-point lead after three.
Anthony Tolliver sank a pair of 3s, then John Jenkins made one of two free throws to cut the Suns' lead to 74-68 with 10:24 left. But the Morris twins, first Marcus, then Markieff, scored and Phoenix led 78-68 with 7:57 left.
Atlanta scored the next five points, slicing the lead to 78-73 on Korver's 3-pointer with 7:25 to go. But Jermaine O'Neal scored on a drive and Marcus Morris sank a 3 to boost the lead back to 83-73 with 6:43 to go.
The closest it got after that was the final margin, when Horford sank a 3 at the buzzer.
NOTES: Atlanta had won five straight road games. ... Hawks F DeShawn Stevenson dislocated the middle finger on his left hand in the first minute of the game. But he went to the locker room for X-rays and was back in the game 3 minutes into the second quarter. ... Suns Ring of Honor member and Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, fighting to keep the Kings in his city, was in the crowd and got a big ovation when introduced on the big screen.
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