Markieff Morris Leads Suns in Huge Comeback Win
In an amazing display of heart, determination and unity the Suns came back from being down 20 points in the first half to outscore Cleveland 56-29 in the second half en route to a 99-90 win.
If you do the math, that’s a 31-point turnaround; Phoenix was down by 20, came back to lead by 11 at one point and ultimately ended up winning by nine.
Amazingly, it wasn’t the Suns’ biggest comeback of the year; the team previously came back from 21 points down against Denver earlier in the season.
After allowing Cleveland to shoot nearly 55 percent from the floor in the first half, Phoenix held the Cavs to just 23 percent shooting in the third and fourth quarters.
The Cavs notched just two field goals in the third as the Suns took control of the game thanks to a 26-6 fury in the quarter.
“Jeff [Hornacek] was the calm one,” Channing Frye said about Hornacek’s halftime speech. “The rest of us were a little crazy. We just got tired of playing like that. For us, the second half we just wanted to push it and be aggressive.
“When we let our defense dictate our offense is when we started hitting shots.”
Markieff Morris was phenomenal and led all scorers with 27 points and 15 rebounds off the bench. Channing Frye added 16 (four three-pointers) and Goran Dragic totaled 15 points, seven assists, five rebounds and one steal with just one turnover.
The Suns are now 9-2 this season when Markieff or Marcus Morris scores 20 or more points.
“We came out slow,” Markieff Morris said. “Coach said we weren’t competing. We’ve given up 30 points in the first quarters the past couple games and we just had to turn it around.”
Perhaps more importantly, the win snapped a three-game road losing streak for the Suns before they continue on to face the 76ers, Bucks and Pacers in the next four days.
“We got on their case about defense,” added Jeff Hornacek. “We told them to come out in the second half and play defense like you’re supposed to. We probably got back into the game quicker than we expected.
“It was the defense that did it.”