Green scores 24, Phoenix beats Milwaukee 116-100

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 4, 2014 at 11:44 pm •  Published: January 4, 2014
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PHOENIX (AP) — Milwaukee gave one to the Phoenix Suns Thursday night in the form of a season-worst 26 turnovers.

The result was a 116-100 Phoenix victory.

After yet another loss for a Milwaukee squad with the NBA's worst record, teammates Larry Sanders and Gary Neal got into a heated, face-to-face argument in the Bucks' locker room.

The Suns, on the other hand, couldn't say enough nice things about each other.

Gerald Green had a season-best 24 points and a career-high five steals starting in place of the Suns' injured Eric Bledsoe.

"Really it was kind of easy for me," Green said. "My teammates, man, were just doing the job. They were pressuring guys, making guys throw lazy passes and I'm just able to use my athleticism to make the steal."

Channing Frye added 22 points, going 6 of 9 on 3-pointers, Goran Dragic scored 13 of his 15 in the second half and Markieff Morris added 14 for the Suns, who have won 11 of 14 but were coming off a home loss to Memphis on Thursday.

Brandon Knight had 25 points for the Bucks and O.J. Mayo scored 18 of his 20 in the second half.

The Suns had 38 points off Milwaukee turnovers. Phoenix had 11 turnovers for just seven Bucks points.

"You give them that many easy ones and it's tough to come out with a win," Mayo said. "On the road especially."

Sanders was overheard questioning Neal's attitude in the tense, loud postgame confrontation as Mayo ushered reporters out into the hallway. The locker room was opened about five minutes later, and Neal was still visibly upset as he left.

"I earn my money," he yelled back into the locker room. "You should try it some time."

Sanders, who signed a four-year, $44 million contract extension in the offseason, declined to talk about the incident.

"I just had a bad game," he said.

Mayo called the run-in "a little Kumbaya moment. "

"It is team bonding," he said. "There are different ways you go about it. It is an emotional roller coaster. When things aren't going well, that is when the real men reveal their true colors. "

The Bucks have lost 10 of 12 to drop to 7-26.

The run-in occurred after coach Larry Drew had spoken to reporters.

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