Offense Ignites as Suns Beat Hawks
For a half, it looked like the Suns were on track for a historic offensive performance.
They settled for "only" 129 points, good enough for a season-best in scoring and a nine-point win over the Hawks.
Gerald Green led the scorching Suns' offense with 33 points on 9-of-14 shooting and 10-of-10 from the free throw line. Markieff and Marcus Morris combined for 39 points, 17 rebounds and two steals off the bench.
Goran Dragic was the man behind the wheels of the high-octane offense, turning in 19 points, eight assists, five rebounds and two blocks.
The Hawks, however, weren't bad with the ball either. Atlanta shot 52.4 percent and hit 14 three-pointers of their own, led by a 6-of-7 downtown performance from Kyle Korver.
"I think both of our teams are probably hard to guard in terms of the way we both play," said Suns Head Coach Jeff Hornacek. "Both teams have guards that can really penetrate...sometimes it might look like there was zero defense out there, but I'm sure the guys were trying."
Atlanta had cut a 16-point Suns lead to one late in the third quarter when the Suns' bench came up with a quietly important response.
Markieff Morris hit a step-back jumper with a minute left, Leandro Barbosa hit a driving layup and Marcus Morris sank a three-pointer with 3.9 seconds left. The 7-1 run gave Phoenix a seven-point lead entering the fourth quater.
The Hawks never got closer than five after that.
HIGHLIGHT OF THE GAME
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
"Like I've been saying all season, it's easy playing with guys like Goran and Ish. They create, break down the defense. I've got the easiest job in the world knocking down shots." -- Goran Dragic on the crowd chanting M-V-P during the final minute of the game
TWEET OF THE NIGHT
Somebody give Gerald Green an Oscar! #SunsVsHawks
— Matt (@AirEsparza) March 3, 2014
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
Green led the team in scoring, but the Morris twins' combined impact off the bench swung the game when Atlanta threatened in the second half. Markieff finished with 21 points, eight rebounds and three assists, while Marcus shot 8-of-14 on his way to 18 points and nine rebounds.
PHOTO OF THE NIGHT
STAT(S) OF THE NIGHT
15: the number of three-pointers Phoenix hit against Atlanta. They'd made that many twice this season, but needed at least 30 attempts in each of those games. Sunday? Just 24.