Mar 16, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Phoenix Suns forward Marcus Morris (15) and forward Markieff Morris (11) celebrate with guard Ish Smith (3) against the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Strong Bench Play Gives Suns Win Versus Raptors


Mar 16, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Phoenix Suns forward Gerald Green (14) hits a three-pointer against the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Suns had a uncommonly early game Sunday, when they headed to Canada to face the Raptors. In an offensive-based game, the Suns advanced to 2-0 on their three-game road trip with a 121-113 win.

It was a contrast to the ugly night in the Suns win at Boston. In this game, the Suns shot 51 Percent from the floor, 48 percent from behind the arc, and an impressive 34-38 from the foul line. They outrebounded Toronto 45-26. However, the Suns did have 21 turnovers, which is something that they won’t always be able to get away with so easily in other games.

The Suns were led in scoring by Gerald Green, who had 28 points on 9-18 shooting along with five rebounds. It was a good sign for the Suns, as Green has struggled to adjust to his new role since Eric Bledsoe returned. Speaking of Bledsoe, he put up 14 points, four boards, and three assists, while shooting 10-10 from the foul line.  His backcourt mate Goan Dragic added 19 points and four dimes.

Markieff Morris had a fantastic game off the bench, adding 16 points and 14 rebounds. The Suns bench scored 59 points, while the Toronto bench scored only 11. When the Suns bench can make that big of an impact, the Suns as a team become much more formidable.

This win showed the Suns may have figured things out. Since Bledsoe came back, a wrench has been thrown into the Suns system, but they seem to have readjusted. They were efficient, aggressive, and fast. That’s their style, and that’s the style that has gotten them wins.

The Suns improve to 38-28 with this win. They are a game out of the eighth seed, and Dallas plays OKC tonight. The  road trip concludes tomorrow, when the Suns travel to Brooklyn to play the Nets

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