NBA Game Summary - Atlanta at Phoenix|
(Sunday, March 2nd)
Final Score: Phoenix 129, Atlanta 120
Phoenix, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Gerald Green netted 33 points and the
Phoenix Suns defeated the Atlanta Hawks, 129-120, on Sunday night.
Green was 9-of-14 from the field, 5-of-8 from 3-point range and sunk all 10 of
his foul shots.
Markieff Morris provided 21 points and eight rebounds, while Goran Dragic
added 19 points, eight assists and five boards for the Suns, who have won
back-to-back tilts on the heels of a three-game losing streak.
Jeff Teague tallied 29 points, nine assists and six rebounds for Atlanta,
which has dropped three straight and 11 of its last 12.
"They (Suns) shot the ball extremely well. They play with great pace. They put
a lot of pressure on your defense, make or miss. Tonight our transition
defense wasn?t good enough," Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer said.
A Shelvin Mack layup pulled the Hawks within 95-94 late in the third, but
Phoenix closed the frame on a 7-1 spurt. Morris nailed a step-back jumper
before his brother Marcus knocked down a 3-pointer with three seconds left in
the quarter to give the Suns a 102-95 lead.
Marcus Morris' driving layup to open the fourth made it 104-95.
The margin reached as high as 11, 121-110, after P.J. Tucker hit a jumper, but
Teague capped an 8-2 flurry with a layup to get Atlanta within 123-118 with
1:35 to play.
The Suns, though, hit all six of their foul shots down the stretch to seal the
Earlier, Phoenix led 40-37 after a quarter of play and 79-65 at the break.
"We really pushed the ball. It was a high pace, they were scoring within five
or six seconds, and we were scoring within five or six seconds. There were a
lot of offensive opportunities out there," Suns head coach Jeff Hornacek said
of the first half.
Phoenix shot 55 percent (44-of-80) from the floor, 62.5 percent from beyond
the arc (15-of-24) and 86.7 percent (26-of-30) from the foul line ... The Suns
held a 41-33 rebounding edge.
03/02 23:52:00 ET