- Associated Press - Friday, February 6, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - Marcus Morris scored 24 of his career-high 34 points in the first half, grabbed a career-best 12 rebounds and led the Phoenix Suns past the Utah Jazz 100-93 on Friday night.

Morris was one point shy of his career best by halftime, making 5 of 6 3s off the bench in the first two quarters. Eric Bledsoe added 15 points for the Suns, who snapped a three-game losing streak.

Coming off a blowout loss at Portland Thursday night, Phoenix took the lead for good with a 17-2 run to end the first half.

Gordon Hayward scored 24 and Derrick Favors 20 for the Jazz, losers of five of six. Rudy Gobert had 14 points and 12 rebounds for Utah.

Morris made his first five shots and finished 8-for-11 shooting in the first half.

The Suns started out listless after arriving from Portland at 4 a.m. They woke up for a 13-2 run to end the first quarter, then pulled away with that 17-2 outburst.

Early in the third quarter, the Jazz creeped within five, 59-54, but Bledsoe sank a 3 and hit Miles Plumlee with a half-court pass above the rim, and the Suns led 64-54.

Trey Burke’s 3-pointer with 25.9 seconds left sliced Phoenix’s lead to 76-71 entering the fourth quarter. Utah got no closer after that.

Isaiah Thomas opened the fourth-quarter with a 3-pointer and Utah never got closer than six again.

Markieff Morris scored, then twin brother Marcus scored on a layup after a turnover and Phoenix led 90-77.

Chris Johnson’s 3-pointer reduced Phoenix’s lead to 94-88 with 1:10 to go before P.J. Tucker’s 3-pointer sealed it.


Jazz: Utah won the only other matchup with Phoenix, 118-91 in Salt Lake City on Nov. 1. … The only win for the Jazz in the last six games was at home against Golden state, the team with the best record in the Western Conference. … Utah missed six of its first seven free throws.

Suns: C Alex Len sat out the game (sprained right ankle) and probably will miss Tuesday’s game against Houston, the Suns’ last before All-Star break. … Suns are 4-8 in the second of back-to-back games. … Marcus Morris scored 11 in the first quarter and 13 in the second.


Jazz: are at Sacramento on Saturday night.

Suns: don’t play until Tuesday, at home against Houston.

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