Markieff Morris came off the bench and recorded his ninth double-double this season, scoring 16 points and registering 14 rebounds, to help the Phoenix Suns beat the Toronto Raptors, 121-113. The Suns shot lights out, finishing 38-75 (50.7%) from the field, including 11-23 (47.8%) from beyond the arc. Phoenix (38-28) has now won back-to-back games after defeating Boston Celtics on Friday.
Morris went 6-12 from the field. Other top performers for Phoenix were Gerald Green with 28 points and 5 rebounds, and P.J. Tucker with 11 points and 7 rebounds. Kyle Lowry had another strong game for Toronto in the loss, putting up 28 points on 9-19 shooting (2-8 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 8-9 from the free throw line. He also tallied 13 assists and 5 rebounds. DeMar DeRozan added 17 points and 7 assists.
The Suns combined an eFG% of 58.0% with 47.8% 3-point shooting. They are 13-2 this year when registering marks above 55% and 40% in those respective statistics. The Raptors, on the other hand, are 2-8 when allowing opponents to hit those marks.
This drops Toronto (37-28) to 0-2 versus Phoenix on the season.
Coming up, the Suns play the Brooklyn Nets, who are 33-31 on the season. The Raptors match up with the Atlanta Hawks, currently sitting at 29-35 this year. The Suns are 0-1 versus Brooklyn this season. The Raptors have a 1-1 record against Atlanta this season.