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Morris brothers help Suns rally past Nuggets

Created: 11/09/2013 12:35 AM WHEC.com

(AP) PHOENIX - Twin brothers Markieff and Marcus Morris made the big shots that helped the Phoenix Suns rally from an 11-point late in the third quarter to beat the Denver Nuggets 114-103 Friday night.

Markieff Morris scored 14 of his career-high 28 points in the fourth period. Marcus Morris sank a jumper with 5:13 left that gave the Suns a 100-95 lead after a back-and-forth first half of the quarter.

Marcus Morris finished with 11 points and eight rebounds. Miles Plumlee added 18 points and 11 boards as the Suns improved to 4-2. Eric Bledsoe contributed 17 points and nine assists.

The Nuggets trailed by as many as 18 points shortly after halftime, but outscored the Suns 40-20 behind guard Ty Lawson’s 21 points in the third quarter.

Lawson led Denver with 29 points and Jordan Hamilton added 19. The Nuggets dropped to 1-4.

The Suns trailed 87-76 before closing out the third quarter with an 8-0 run. Reserve guard Ish Smith converted a three-point play and Markieff Morris made a layup off a steal.

The Suns then went ahead 89-87 after a 3-pointer from Marcus Morris and a jumper from Markieff Morris with 10 minutes left in the game.

Phoenix got off to a quick start.

Plumlee scored 10 points in the first quarter, including a pair of traditional three-point plays when he twice took Denver big man Timofey Mozgov off the dribble for a basket and a foul.

The Suns made 14 of 24 first-quarter shots, one of them a high-flying dunk from Gerald Green on a lob from P.J. Tucker. Phoenix’s 35 points marked its most in an opening period this season.

The Nuggets took a 36-35 lead by scoring the first seven points of the second quarter, all off steals. The Suns responded with a 10-0 run punctuated by Green’s 3-pointer at the 8:48 mark.

Phoenix went ahead 57-45 on a pick-and-roll layup by Plumlee. The Suns took their largest lead of the half when Markieff Morris leaped to grab the high carom from a missed free throw and slammed the ball into the basket for a 64-46 lead.

NOTES: The Suns played without starting guard Goran Dragic, who warmed up before the game but is still dealing with a sprained left ankle. Dragic has now missed the past three games but could be ready as soon as the Suns’ next game against New Orleans on Sunday. Green started in his place.



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