Markieff Morris came off the bench and recorded his third double-double this season, scoring 25 points and registering 11 rebounds, to help the Phoenix Suns beat the Toronto Raptors, 106-97. The Suns shot 37-82 (45.1%) from the field and dominated the offensive glass, pulling down 18 boards. This is the second win in as many games for Phoenix (11-9) after beating Houston on Wednesday.
Morris finished 11-14, in an efficient offensive performance. Other top performers for Phoenix were P.J. Tucker with 18 points and 13 rebounds, Eric Bledsoe with 16 points and 7 assists, and Goran Dragic with 14 points and 5 rebounds. Despite the loss, Amir Johnson scored 22 points off the bench for Toronto on 9-15 shooting from the field and 4-4 from the free throw line. He also registered 7 rebounds. Kyle Lowry chipped in 21 points and 7 assists, Rudy Gay finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Jonas Valanciunas put up 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Surprisingly, the advantage on the defensive glass went to the Suns (76.1% DR%), despite the fact that the Raptors are among the league's elite on the offensive glass, ranking fourth in OR% at 28.8%. Meanwhile, the Suns rank 28th in the NBA at collecting defensive rebounds with a DR% of 72.1%. The Raptors posted an eFG% of just 43.1%, including 26.3% from 3-point range. This year, they are winless (0-3) when they record marks below 45% and 30% in those respective categories. On the other hand, the Suns are 4-2 when holding their opponents to such low percentages.
Toronto (6-12) has now dropped their last five straight contests.
Next up on Tuesday, the Suns square off against the Lakers (9-9).