NBA: Suns claim 3rd straight victory

2013-03-02T00:00:00Z NBA: Suns claim 3rd straight victoryThe Associated Press The Associated Press
March 02, 2013 12:00 am  • 

PHOENIX - Marcus Morris tied his career high with four three-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 Atlanta 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 three-pointers from the corner by Marcus Morris, to lead 44-39 at halftime.

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.

• Heat 98, Grizzlies 91: In Miami, Dwyane Wade scored 22 points, LeBron James shook off his worst shooting night of the season to hit a key three-pointer in the final half-minute, and Miami extended its winning streak to 13 games.

James scored 18 points on a season-worst 4-for-14 shooting, plus added 10 assists and eight rebounds.

• Spurs 130, Kings 102: In San Antonio, DeJuan Blair scored 16 points off the bench to pace eight players in double figures, and the Spurs overcame the loss of Tony Parker. Parker went down with a left ankle sprain with 4:40 left in the third quarter. Parker was helped off the court and did not return.

• Clippers 105, Cavaliers 89: In Cleveland, Jamal Crawford scored 24 points, making a pair of three-pointers in the fourth quarter, and Chris Paul had 15 assists as the Clippers earned their first win in Cleveland since 2002.

• Rockets 118, Magic 110: In Orlando, Fla., James Harden scored 24 points, and Chandler Parsons and Carlos Delfino added 21 apiece as the Houston Rockets rallied in the fourth quarter to stop a two-game skid and ended a five-game losing streak to the Magic.

• Pacers 93, Raptors 81: In Toronto, Paul George had 22 points and 10 rebounds, and David West had 15 points and 11 rebounds as Indiana beat the Raptors.

• Knicks 96, Wizards 88: In Washington, Carmelo Anthony scored 30 points, Raymond Felton added 23 and J.R. Smith chipped in with 13 points and 12 rebounds for New York.

• Celtics 94, Warriors 86: In Boston, Paul Pierce had 26 points and Jeff Green scored 14 of his 18 in the second half for Boston. Golden State guard Stephen Curry, coming off a 54-point effort Wednesday in a loss at New York, was held to 25 on 6-of-22 shooting.

• Mavericks 98, Nets 90: In New York, Dirk Nowitzki and former Nets guard Vince Carter each scored 20 points, and the Mavericks avoided another late collapse.

• Hornets 100, Pistons 95: In New Orleans, Greivis Vasquez capped a 25-point, nine-assist performance by hitting a running floater off the backboard with 12 seconds left, and New Orleans snapped a two-game skid.

• Jazz 98, Bobcats 68: In Salt Lake City, Enes Kanter had career highs with 23 points and 22 rebounds in a rare start, helping Utah beat Charlotte to snap a three-game losing streak.

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