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NBA Game Summary - Denver at Phoenix



(Friday, November 8th)

Final Score: Phoenix 114, Denver 103

Phoenix, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Markieff Morris had 28 points and 10 rebounds as the Phoenix Suns beat the Denver Nuggets, 114-103, at US Airways Center.

Miles Plumlee added 18 points and 11 boards, while Eric Bledsoe chipped in 17 points and nine assists for the Suns, who moved to 4-2 on the young season.

"Typically, the young guys get panicked and it gets even worse. Our guys are not doing that and that's a great sign. They stay with it, they stay composed even though we have a young team. That's a great sign for the future," Suns head coach Jeff Hornacek said.

Ty Lawson netted 29 points to lead Denver, which fell to 1-4 on the campaign. Jordan Hamilton tallied 19 points and nine rebounds, while Anthony Randolph scored 14 points off the bench in defeat.

Phoenix broke a 93-93 fourth-quarter tie with a 12-2 run, which Morris capped with a left-corner triple for a 105-95 Suns' lead with 3:02 left.

Back-to-back 3-pointers by Randolph and Hamilton cut the gap to four, but Bledsoe answered with a layup and a top-of-the-arc 3-pointer on consecutive possessions to give the Suns a 110-101 cushion with a minute to play.

Denver never threatened again.

The Suns led 35-29 after a quarter of play and a 13-2 surge to close out the half staked them a 64-47 spread at the break.

The Nuggets, though, went on an extended 25-4 swing in the third quarter to give them an 84-74 advantage with two minutes to go in the period. Denver took an 87-84 margin into the final frame.

"The third quarter when we went up 10, I should have managed the game better. We took a lot of quick shots and turned the ball over at the end of the quarter. That's the time you've got to manage the game, going into the fourth quarter and up by 10 or at last around there," Lawson said.

Game Notes

Both teams committed 20 turnovers ... Gerald Green had 12 points and five rebounds for the Suns ... Phoenix was 9-of-20 from beyond the arc ... The Suns outrebounded the Nuggets, 48-37.

11/09 00:55:30 ET

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2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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Scoreboard
Local
Final
NOR 0
DUR 3
 
Final
CHC 1
CIN 4
Final
PIT 3
MIL 5
Final
WAS 3
STL 1
Final
CLE 2
TOR 3
Final
DET 6
ANA 11
Final
NYM 0
ATL 6
Final
BOS 4
BAL 8
9th
TAM 11
NYY 5
 
Final
MIA 8
SEA 4
Final
TEX 12
CWS 0
 
Final
KAN 5
MIN 0
 
7th
COL 10
PHI 1
 
2nd
OAK 7
HOU 0
 
3rd
LOS 0
ARI 0
 
3rd
SDP 1
SFG 0
 
Final
TAM 1
MON 4
Final
BOS 0
DET 1
1st Intermission
ANA 1
DAL 1
 
Final
NOR 0
DUR 3