Suns beat Spurs behind Markieff Morris, T.J. Warren

Oct 20, 2015, 8:53 PM
Phoenix Suns forward Markieff Morris, right, looks to pass around San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Park...

Phoenix Suns forward Markieff Morris, right, looks to pass around San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker, of France, during the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, in San Antonio. Phoenix won 104-84. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)

(AP Photo/Darren Abate)

SAN ANTONIO — Markieff Morris had 17 points and the Phoenix Suns had four others in double figures, outrunning the San Antonio Spurs 104-84 on Tuesday night.

Kawhi Leonard had 14 points to lead San Antonio, which lost for the fourth time in five preseason games. LaMarcus Aldridge, the Spurs’ prized free-agent signing, was held to nine points for the second straight home game. Aldridge made his first attempt, a 20-foot jumper from the right wing off a drive-and-kick by Tony Parker, but finished 4 for 10.

The Spurs played deliberately on offense, working to get the ball to Aldridge early in the game. The Suns played more freely, taking advantage of 43-33 advantage in rebounds.

Phoenix had 24 fastbreak points compared to just six by San Antonio, bolstering Spurs coach Gregg Popovich’s pre-game declaration that his team needed to improve its transition defense.

Phoenix finished 11 for 21 on 3-pointers.

Morris had a pair of 3-pointers during an 12-2 run for a 61-50 lead with eight minutes left in the third quarter.

SUNS: F T.J. Warren had 15 points, including a fast-break layup after stripping Leonard of his dribble near midcourt in the first half. … Morris was 3 for 3 on 3-pointers, raising his preseason percentage to 54 percent on 7-for-13 shooting from long range.

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