Suns end Raptors' home winning streak, 121-113

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 16, 2014 at 4:12 pm •  Published: March 16, 2014
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TORONTO (AP) — Gerald Green is back from the kind of "vacation" that no NBA player likes to take.

Markieff Morris had 16 points and 14 rebounds, Green scored 13 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter and the Phoenix Suns won their second straight game, beating the Toronto Raptors 121-113 on Sunday.

Green had joked about being on vacation after scoring just six points in his previous two games, missing 17 of 23 field goal attempts. He had previously scored 10 points or more in a career-best 15 straight games.

"He came in yesterday to practice, worked on his shots and he told us all he was back from his little mini-vacation," Suns coach Jeff Hornacek said. "When Gerald plays like that, he gets unstoppable. He can make all kinds of shots and I think our guys feed off that when he's rolling."

Green scored 13 points in the opening quarter and shot 9 of 18 attempts, including 5 of 8 from 3-point range.

"As soon as we came to the locker room, Coach said 'Welcome back, Gerald," Suns guard Goran Dragic said with a laugh.

Dragic scored 19 points, Eric Bledsoe had 14 and P.J. Tucker 11 for the Suns, who had lost three of four before winning 87-80 at Boston on Friday.

Bench scoring was a big edge for Phoenix, whose reserves outscored Toronto's 59-11.

Almost half that total came from Green, a starter for much of this season until Bledsoe returned from a 33-game absence following knee surgery.

"I had to just keep trying to do what I was doing as a starter," Green said of adjusting to his reserve role. "Today I just tried to be a little bit more aggressive. I didn't really turn down shots today."

Phoenix will seek to wrap up a perfect three-game road trip when it visits Brooklyn on Monday night.

"We dropped a couple of games at home that we really needed," Tucker said. "This road trip is definitely going to make us or break us (as far as) continuing our playoff push. Hopefully we get this last one and go back home and try to get a few more."

Kyle Lowry had 28 points and 13 assists, and Terrence Ross scored 22 points as Toronto lost at home for the first time since a triple-overtime defeat to Washington on Feb. 27, snapping a four-game winning streak at Air Canada Centre.

Lowry briefly received treatment on the court after he was twice kneed in the head by Tucker during a scramble for a loose ball in the final two minutes. Bledsoe dunked on the play as Lowry was left lying outside the paint, clutching his head. Lowry stayed in the game following a Toronto timeout.

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