It didn’t take overtime for this victory.
The Phoenix Suns needed extended play to pull out consecutive wins versus Minnesota and at San Antonio, but handled the Atlanta Hawks in regulation 92-87 on Wednesday.
Phoenix has now won three in a row, while Atlanta’s five-game road streak comes to an end.
Newly acquired Suns forward Marcus Morris tied his career high with four 3-point makes, and scored 16 points in just his fifth game with Phoenix. Twin brother Markieff added 11 points and six rebounds. Wesley Johnson dropped 13 of his 15 points in the third quarter, and Jermaine O’Neal rounded out the double-digit bench scorers with 12 points.
Goran Dragic was the only Phoenix starter to score more than six points in the game — he had 19 before leaving with a lower back bruise with 4:44 left in the third quarter.
Al Horford led the charge for Atlanta with 20 points, seven boards and four assists on 50 percent (8-of-16) shooting. Kyle Korver chipped in with 17 points, eight rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one steal. He shot 50 percent (3-of-6) from the perimeter and 60 percent (6-of-10) from the field overall.
No other Hawks starter had more than six points. Jeff Teague (6) and Josh Smith (5) combined for 11 points on .238 shooting (5-of-21). Devin Harris had 12 points and Anthony Tolliver finished with 11 off the bench.
Phoenix led by two points after the opening quarter and extended the lead after Marcus drilled a pair of 3-pointers late in the second period to put the Suns up 44-39 at halftime.
The Suns held an advantage for most of the third period and was up 63-54 when the Hawks ran off a quick 7-2 spurt, but Phoenix regained composure and scored the final seven points of the quarter to go up 72-61.
Jeff Teague was called for a flagrant foul with 35.7 seconds left in the third for knocking Marcus Morris to the ground after he stole Teague’s errand pass and was going up for a dunk. Morris made both ensuing foul shots to take the 11-point lead.
The Hawks came within five points when Korver drained 3-pointer with 7:25 to go in the fourth, but Jermaine O’Neal and Marcus Morris combined for five quick points in less than minute to put the Suns back up by double-digits.
Phoenix cruised down the stretch to win the game and Horford hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the game a 92-87 final score.
The Phoenix Suns (21-39) have a long rest before they host the Toronto Raptors (23-36) on Wednesday at 9:00 PM (EST). Toronto, meanwhile, plays two games before facing Phoenix.
The Atlanta Hawks (33-24) make their fifth stop on a six-game road trip in Los Angeles to play the Lakers (29-30) on Sunday at 9:30 PM (EST).