Mar 23, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Phoenix Suns forward Marcus Morris (15) and guard Gerald Green (14) rebound against Minnesota Timberwolves forward Dante Cunningham (33) in the fourth quarter at Target Center. Phoenix wins 127-120. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Suns Rally from Down 22, Beat Wolves Behind 25 Points From Markieff Morris


Mar 23, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Goran Dragic (1) shoots in the first quarter against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

The Suns began their next road trip in Minnesota on Sunday afternoon to take on the Timberwolves. While the game started out ugly, really ugly, the Suns made one of their patented miracle comebacks and ended up with a 127-120 victory.

The defense in the first half was downright atrocious. The Suns had five turnovers in the first few minutes, leading to seven Minnesota points. By the end of the first half, the Timberwolves had scored 73 points. However, the Suns defense took care of business in the second half. In the end, Minnesota shot 44 percent from the floor. Wolves star Kevin Love was held to 11-27 from the floor, despite being one assist shy of a triple double. He also was responsible for a crucial turnover. With under a minute left and the game tied at 118, Markieff Morris was swiping at the ball, and managed to get a hand on it. Dragic grabbed it, and through it to Eric Bledsoe for the fastbreak layup, giving the Suns the lead.

This was the Suns biggest comeback of the season. They overcame a 22 point margin. This was their third 20 point comeback on the road this season. They came back from 21 in Cleveland and 20 at Denver. It blows a lot of minds that the Suns can get wins like this, but their very impressive refusal to quit no matter what the odds are means that if they can execute late, they can still win.

It was another big effort from several players on the Suns roster. Markieff Morris led the scoring with 25 points and eight rebounds while shooting 10-13 and 3-3 from long range. This was his fifth 25+ point game. Eric Bledsoe helped out with 21 points, five rebounds, and five assists. Both he and backcourt partner Goran Dragic had some crucial plays that helped the Suns seal the win. Dragic finished with 21 points and six dimes. Gerald Green also helped out late, with 14 points off the bench.

The Suns improve to 41-29, which guarantees they won’t have a losing season. They now only sit half a game back of the final seed in the West. The road tip continues tomorrow when the Suns face the Atlanta Hawks.

 

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