Phoenix, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Markieff Morris hit his first 11 shot
attempts and finished with 25 points and 11 rebounds as the Phoenix Suns beat
the Toronto Raptors 106-97 on Friday night.
Eric Bledsoe scored 19 points with six assists, while P.J. Tucker had 18
points and a career-high 13 rebounds for Phoenix, which snapped a three-game
losing streak against Toronto.
Amir Johnson paced Toronto with a season-high 22 points and Kyle Lowry
finished with 21 points and seven assists.
Rudy Gay and DeMar DeRozan scored 17 and 13, respectively, on a combined 11-
Phoenix doubled up the Raptors 14-7 over the first 6:39 of the third to take a
66-57 lead after a Bledsoe layup.
The lead swelled to as many as 13 after a technical free throw from Bledsoe.
Toronto outscored the Suns, however, 11-5 in the final 1:51 of the quarter to
pull within seven, 81-74, heading to the fourth.
The Suns opened the final frame on an 8-2 run to increase the lead to 89-77
with 9:25 left.
Marcus Morris hit a triple from the corner midway through the quarter to give
the Suns a 94-79 advantage.
Toronto's last ditch effort came via a 12-3 run that pulled the visitors
within six, 97-91, following a Johnson layup at 2:42.
Bledsoe countered with the dagger almost a minute later with a 3-pointer from
the wing and Tucker made two at the line to extend the lead 102-91 with over a
minute to play.
Marcus Morris hit a three to begin the second, but Toronto used a 16-6 run to
take a 43-36 lead. Gay, who had nine points during the burst, started the run
with a driving layup and capped it with a jumper midway through the stanza.
Phoenix took the lead back with just over two minutes left following a Dragic
three and the Suns brought a slim 52-50 lead into the break.
Phoenix jumped out to a 10-2 lead in the opening 3:06 after a pair of free
throws from Bledsoe.
Toronto answered with a 20-9 run after a DeRozan alley-oop slam from Lowry to
give the Raptors a 22-19 lead with 4:07 left.
The two teams were tied 27 all after one.
Toronto was looking to win four straight games over the Suns for the first
time in franchise history ... Toronto has lost five-straight overall ...
Phoenix outrebounded Toronto 53-36 ... Toronto continues its road trip with a
meeting against Kobe and the Lakers on Sunday ... Phoenix with travel to play
the Lakers on Tuesday.
The Sports Network