Recap: Suns 82, Trail Blazers 69



Posted Jul 13, 2013 11:01 PM

The Phoenix Suns used a dominant second half to catapult themselves to an 82-69 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers in day two of the 2013 NBA Summer League at the Thomas & Mack Center on UNLV's campus. Twins Marcus and Markieff Morris paced the way for Phoenix, combining for 32 points and 10 rebounds.

A back-and-forth first half that featured four ties and seven lead changes gave way to a one-sided affair over the final 20 minutes. Portland led 35-32 at the half but was outscored 28-17 in the third quarter and never threatened in the fourth. Tightening things up on the defensive end by forcing tough shots, Phoenix went on a 15-3 run at the start of the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach. The Morris twins, both of whom played their college ball at Kansas and were reunited in the second half of the 2012-13 season when Marcus was traded to the Suns, displayed their solid inside-out games and scored 12 of the team's 28 points in the decisive third quarter. Markieff finished with 18 points and five rebounds, while Marcus tallied 14 and five.

Despite the loss, C.J. McCollum was very impressive in his NBA Summer League debut, scoring 22 points and getting to the hoop with relative ease while also knocking down a couple of three-pointers. The 10th overall pick out of Lehigh, McCollum also contributed four assists, three rebounds, a steal and a blocked shot. Archie Goodwin, a first-round pick himself (drafted 29th overall by Oklahoma City before being traded to Phoenix), scored 13 points in his first NBA Summer League game for the Suns and put the exclamation point on the contest with a nifty layup in traffic to give the Suns their last bucket of the game. Allen Crabbe, the 31st pick of the 2013 NBA Draft, scored five points on 2-7 shooting and grabbed three rebounds in 19 minutes on the court.

The Suns next play the Minnesota Timberwolves at 3:30 p.m. PT Monday at the Thomas & Mack Center, while the Trail Blazers will have a chance to even up their NBA Summer League record against the Los Angeles Lakers Sunday at 3:30 p.m. PT.