Suns Raptors PG Goran Dragic PG Kyle Lowry SG Eric Bledsoe SG Demar Derozan SF Marcus Morris SF Terrence Ross PF Markieff Morris PF Amir Johnson C Miles Plumlee C Jonas Valanciunas
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MARCH 16, 2014 PHOENIX 121, TORONTO 113
TORONTO - Markieff Morris had 16 points and 14 rebounds and Gerald Green scored 13 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter as the Phoenix Suns beat the Toronto Raptors 121-113 on Sunday ... Goran Dragic scored 19 points, Eric Bledsoe had 14 and P.J. Tucker 11 for the Suns ... Bench scoring was a big edge for Phoenix, whose reserves outscored Toronto's 59-11 ... 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 tripleovertime defeat to Washington on Feb. 27, snapping a four-game winning streak at Air Canada Centre Ö Amir Johnson scored 20 points, DeMar DeRozan had 17 and Jonas Valanciunas 15 as the Atlantic Divisionleading Raptors lost for the first time in three games ... Green scored five points and Markieff Morris had four as the Suns opened the fourth with an 11-2 run to lead 107-92 with 7:26 remaining ... Phoenix called timeout after Lowry converted a three-point play with 4:08 left, cutting the deficit to 114-107 ... After the stoppage, Marcus Morris tipped in his brother's missed shot to halt a 6-0 Toronto run, and the Raptors didn't challenge again ... Phoenix outrebounded Toronto 45-26.
- The Toronto Raptors return home Monday to face the Phoenix Suns. Toronto is 8-1 at Air Canada Centre and is tied with Portland for most home victories in the NBA this season. Mondayís matchup will feature two of the top offences in the league as Toronto (106.9) and Phoenix (105.3) rank third and fifth, respectively, in the NBA in scoring. The two teams have combined to score 100+ points in 20 of their 27 games played. Guard Kyle Lowry averaged 24.5 points and 10.0 assists in two games against the Suns last season.
- Toronto is 9-0 this season when leading after three quarters. Dating back to the start of last season, the Raptors are now 44-2 when ahead entering the fourth, including a perfect 26-0 at Air Canada Centre. Toronto has won 34 straight games when leading after three quarters. The Raptors have outscored opponents in the fourth quarter in 10 -of-13 games this season and lead the NBA with a +60 (340-to-280) scoring differential in the final quarter. Guard Lou Williams leads the team in fourth quarter scoring with 52 points in 87 minutes played.
- Guard Lou Williams scored a career high 36 points Saturday night at Cleveland. Williams shot 9-for-19 from the field and a perfect 15-for-15 at the charity stripe - matching his career high for made free throws. Williams became the eighth Raptor to score 30+ points off the bench and first since Alan Anderson (Mar. 22, 2013 vs. New York). He is the only player in team history to make 15 free throws in a single game as a reserve. Williams has now scored in double figures off the bench in nine of the last 10 games (Nov. 4-22).
- Saturdayís victory at Cleveland marked the second time in franchise history the Raptors overcame an 18+ point deficit and won by double figures (Last: Nov. 13, 2009 at L.A. Clippers, down 22, W104-89). Toronto has now won five games this season when trailing by double digits - most in the NBA.
- The Raptors shot .905 (38-of-42) at the free throw line Saturday at Cleveland. Toronto set a single game franchise record for free throw percentage when attempting at least 40 free throws. Guard Lou Williams (15-for-15) became just the third player in team history to shoot perfect at the stripe when attempting 15 or more free throws; joining Mike James (18-for-18) and Chris Bosh (17-for-17). The Raptors currently rank second in the NBA in both free throw made (24.0) and attempted (30.0) per game, trailing only Sacramento in both categories.
- Guard Kyle Lowry has scored 18+ points in six straight games (Nov. 11-22) - the second longest streak of his areer (11 games - Mar. 9-26, 2014). Lowry is averaging 19.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and 6.3 assists, while shooting 472 (42-of-89) from the field during this stretch.
- The Raptors are 3-0 against West Conference opponents this season. Toronto (16-14) was one of four Eastern onference teams with a .500 record against the Western last season, along with Miami (20-10), Indiana (18-12) and Brooklyn (18-12). The Raptors finished with a .500 record against the Western Conference for the first time since 1999-00 (16-12).
- Toronto had a 51-19 advantage in bench scoring Nov. 22 at Cleveland. The Raptorsí bench has scored 108 points over the last two games (Nov. 21-22) and scored 40+ points in three of the last four (Nov. 15-22) contests. Toronto ranks seventh in the NBA in bench scoring (37.7). Phoenix ranks first in the league in reserve points (46.5).
Keys to the Game:
+ Strong Guard Play
+ Feed Jonas Early
+ Set the Tone Early
Lets Go Raptors!!