NBA Game Summary - Boston at Phoenix|
(Wednesday, February 19th)
Final Score: Phoenix 100, Boston 94
Phoenix, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Markieff Morris scored 18 points to lead six
Phoenix players in double figures, as the Suns took a 100-94 decision from the
Boston Celtics on Wednesday night.
Goran Dragic and Gerald Green scored 17 points apiece, with the former dishing
out six assists for the Suns. Channing Frye had 15 points on 4-of-6 shooting
from beyond the arc, while Marcus Morris and P.J. Tucker added 11 and 10
The Suns have won two straight since the All-Star break after a 112-107
overtime win at Denver on Tuesday.
"Coming off the back-to-back we were a little tired, a little exhausted," Frye
admitted. "I think we had some mental breakdowns but other than that I think
we just battle and grind it out."
Rajon Rondo deposited an 18-point, 10-assist double-double, while Brandon Bass
contributed 18 points and Jeff Green had 17 points for Boston, which has
dropped three of its last four games.
Phoenix ended the first quarter on an 8-0 run to take a 29-21 lead into the
second, as Tucker drove the lane for a layup to close the scoring in the
Markieff Morris then made two buckets around a Leandro Barbosa free throw to
push Phoenix's lead to 34-23 early in the second quarter.
A 9-2 Boston run late in the quarter tied the game at 50-apiece. Dragic banked
one in with 20.9 seconds left to help the Suns to a 52-50 lead at the break.
Boston scored 18 points in the first half off of 14 Phoenix turnovers. The
Celtics committed eight turnovers in the half, but the Suns received just two
points from the giveaways.
Bass scored six straight points to open the third quarter and ignite a 16-4
run as Boston grabbed a 10-point lead.
Phoenix ended the final 3 1/2 minutes of the frame on a 15-1 run, with Marcus
Morris nailing a triple after Frye's 3 for a 76-71 lead heading into the
Marcus Morris continued his hot shooting with five straight points to start
the fourth quarter and push the Suns advantage to double digits.
Kelly Olynyk knocked down a trey to cut the deficit to 88-86 with just under
four minutes remaining. That is as close as the Celtics would come, though, as
Markieff Morris followed with a pair of free throws and Frye later hit a 3-
pointer to push the lead to seven.
The Celtics did, however, cut the deficit to three a couple of times in the
closing seconds, but the Suns held them off from the free throw line to secure
"We actually I thought, did a pretty good job at times of being balanced,"
said Celtics coach Brad Stevens. "But we just had a couple of errors,
including at the end of the game and you can't make errors against them
because they are coming and they are coming fast and hard."
Tucker was fined $5,000 prior to the game for violating the league's anti-
flopping rule ... The Suns' 32-21 start is the best start through 52 games
since the 2007-08 season ... Boston fell to 4-13 against the Western
Conference ... Phoenix shot 11-for-28 from beyond the arc, while Boston made
5-of-17 attempts from deep ... The Suns committed 18 turnovers and the Celtics
turned the ball over 14 times ... Each team had 46 rebounds.
02/20 02:04:37 ET