Morris scores 14 points, Suns beat Blazers 104-93

Morris scores 14 points, Suns beat Blazers 104-93
October 13, 2012, 12:51 am
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Portland Trail Blazers' Joel Freeland (19), of England, gets a pass off as Phoenix Suns' Luis Scola (14), of Argentina, defends during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)


PHOENIX (AP) Markieff Morris scored 14 points to lead five players in double figures and the Phoenix Suns beat the Portland Trail Blazers 104-93 in their preseason home opener Friday night.

Morris had an eventful first half, scoring five points and committing four fouls in only 3:47 on the floor. But the second-year forward hit 4 of 5 shots in the second half as the Suns extended a seven point halftime lead to as many as 16.

Luis Scola, Wesley Johnson and Shannon Brown had 12 points each for the Suns, who led for all but the first 2:40 of the game. Michael Beasley added 10 points.

Damian Lillard scored 15 points, and Meyers Leonard and Nicolas Batum had 14 apiece for the Blazers.