Atl 19 20 22 26 87
Pho 21 23 28 20 92
Date of game: 3/1/2013

Recap: Phoenix vs. Atlanta

Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Goran Dragic left in the third with a back injury, but Marcus Morris led a spirited bench effort to help the Phoenix Suns down the Atlanta Hawks, 92-87, and capture their third straight win.

Dragic had 19 points with six assists before exiting, but Morris helped keep the Suns afloat by making 4-of-5 from long distance to finish with 16 points.

Phoenix's bench tallied 58 points as a unit, with Wesley Johnson scoring a season-high 15, Jermaine O'Neal donating 12 and Markieff Morris adding 11 in the victory.

"We are finding guys that want to play the right way and want to get out and compete and that is what we have been looking for from the beginning," said Suns coach Lindsey Hunter. "We are still working on our concepts."

After winning the first three of their six-game road trip, the Hawks fell in search of their sixth consecutive victory on the road overall. Al Horford scored 20 points and Kyle Korver chipped in with 17 points and eight rebounds.

Josh Smith was held to five points on 2-for-11 shooting, but grabbed 10 boards and handed out five assists in the setback.

"Oh boy this was really -- you know, it's a tough game to swallow," said Hawks coach Larry Drew. "After playing so well in our first three games of this road trip -- as good as we played in the first three, we were just as bad tonight. We did not play well from start to finish."

After a nip-and-tuck first half, Marcus Morris knocked down a pair of 3- pointers in the final minute of the second to stake the Suns to a 44-39 lead at the break.

Dragic left with the Suns ahead, 63-56, but Phoenix managed to increase its lead to 11 by the end of the third, as Johnson knocked down a 3-ball and Marcus Morris added two free throws off Jeff Teague's flagrant foul.

Anthony Tolliver netted a pair of triples before Korver added one of his own to trim the Hawks' deficit five with 7:25 to play in the fourth, but the Suns pulled away from there.

O'Neal followed with a driving score and Marcus Morris' third and fourth triples of the night helped Phoenix keep a 10-point edge and cruise through the final four minutes to victory.

Game Notes

Phoenix moved to 8-11 under interim head coach Lindsey Hunter and picked up its seventh win of the season against teams with 30 wins or more ... Atlanta's DeShawn Stevenson dislocated his left middle finger in the first quarter, but returned in the second. He finished with five points and Devin Harris and Tolliver added 12 and 11 points, respectively, off the bench for the Hawks ... The Hawks scored 23 points off 18 Phoenix turnovers.

In the FCS Huddle: EWU makes them see red

Every time Sacramento State quarterback Garrett Safron looks at the back of his right hand, he sees the scar from a cut that split open when he fell on the field during a 2012 game at Eastern Washington.

NASCAR News
Longtime NBA ref Bavetta retiring

Dick Bavetta, who set an ironman streak among NBA referees, is retiring after 39 years, the league announced Tuesday.

Giguere announces retirement

Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who patrolled NHL creases for 16 seasons and spent last year as a backup with the Colorado Avalanche, announced his retirement on Thursday.

Latest Sports Photos
Latest Sports Photos
0 Votes
a skydiver was injured when attempting to land in a pre game show at the Lookouts opening game on 4/3/2014

0 Votes
SEC Champions Alabama created by artist Ben Teeter S/N C.O.A. available for the dedicated Alabama fan!

1 Vote
first catch of the season looks like a good year

0 Votes
Gina McLeroy Spring City, TN

0 Votes
Our Son Brandon McLeroy MTSU Football 2011 Gina McLeroy Spring City TN

1 Vote
this is James Howard telling Gracie what to do.

0 Votes
Riverbend fun!

0 Votes
I nees a four letter word for the outside layer of a tree.

0 Votes
Cameron is a rising athlete. He has a God given talent for the game of football. This picture is of him stopping the ball carrier in our game in the ...

1 Vote
Our Lookout Valley 9/10 year old team went to a tournament in Knoxville called The Battle of the Rocky Top. They went throught the tournament undefeated and won the championship ...
Featured Partners
www.eastridgeretirementcenter.com
The newly modeled East Ridge Residence is a must see with its spacious comfortable apartments. Plus, 3 delicious meals daily, geriatric physician, home healthcare services and fun festive activities. Schedule your visit today!
www.ameripriseadvisors.com/james.m.scotchie
Together we can make a confident retirement possible. Simply click to get started with your private wealth advisor. Talk to Jimmy Scotchie, Certified Financial Planner.
www.comcast.com/cable-internet-packages.html
Get started at $79.99 a month for 12 months. Plus, get a $75 VISA® Prepaid card.
 
Supermarket Guru
From The Archives
Scenic City Roots
Through Irish Eyes
Brand News
Prime Mashup
What's Trending
Megan Wise Goes Outside
Stay Connected with WDEF News 12
 
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.