Gortat leads Suns in 114-87 rout of Trail Blazers

Associated Press Modified: November 22, 2012 at 12:01 am •  Published: November 21, 2012

PHOENIX (AP) — Suns coach Alvin Gentry retooled his starting lineup with the hope he'd get a little more scoring from his top unit.

He did.

Marcin Gortat scored a season-high 22 points in only three quarters and the Suns routed the Portland Trail Blazers 114-87 on Wednesday night to snap a three-game losing streak.

"We came out ready to play," Gortat said. "We had two new guys in the starting lineup and we were a little bit better defensively. It's a great win but we need to forget about it really fast."

Gortat had told a reporter for Polish newspaper Przeglad Sportowy after the Suns' loss to the Lakers on Friday that he didn't believe he was "even an option for (Suns coach Alvin) Gentry."

But against the Blazers, Gortat was a key component of a Phoenix offense that shot 60 percent from the field in the first half en route to a 57-44 lead and a season-best 59.7 percent for the game. Gortat was 11 of 14 from the floor and added seven rebounds.

"Honestly, we can't get excited about that game because Portland didn't play their best game," Gortat said.

The new starters, Markieff Morris and Shannon Brown, were productive for the Suns.

Morris had 19 points and seven rebounds, and Brown added 10, including a pair of 3-pointers as Phoenix rallied from a four-point deficit in the opening minutes to take the lead for good with 7:23 left in the first quarter.

"I didn't want to put too much pressure on myself so I just came out and played hard," Morris said.

The Suns have been playing from behind nearly the entire season, trailing by double digits in each of their past six games and in all but one this season coming in. Gentry had been mulling a change for the past week.

"We never dug ourselves a hole so when we made those runs tonight we went from being up to putting the game in a pretty good position," Gentry said. "We weren't making up 10, 15 points and getting to where we were back to even."

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