Cleveland, OH, United States (4E Sports) – Markieff Morris recorded a double-double off the bench with 27 points and 15 boards as the Phoenix Suns limited the Cleveland Cavaliers to six points in the third period en route to a come-from-behind 99-90 win Sunday at Quicken Loans Arena.
Channing Frye added 16 points, Goran Dragic had 15, P.J. Tucker had 13 and Gerald Green had 12 for the Suns, who improved to 25-18 after winning three of their last four games.
Tucker and Miles Plumlee also combined for 20 boards as the Suns outrebounded the Cavaliers, 50-43.
It was a sorry loss for the Cavaliers, who led by as many as 20 points, 61-41, in the second period but wilted in the third after making just two field goals and two foul shots.
Kyrie Irving scored 24 points on 8-for-23 shooting and issued nine assists, Luol Deng had 10 points and 10 boards, Tristan Thompson had 17 markers and 10 caroms while C.J. Miles added 12 for the Cavaliers (16-28), losers of three of last four games.
The Cavaliers ended the first period with a 6-0 run behind Dion Waiters and Irving to take a 29-22 lead heading into the second period.
In the second, the Cavaliers launched a 12-2 blast to pad their lead to 51-35 with three minutes left before the break.
After Dragic made a layup, the Cavaliers answered with a 10-4 run to take a 20-point lead before Morris closed the half with a short jumper.
In the third, Frye scored nine points on three triples as the Suns outscored the Cavaliers, 25-6, to take a one-point lead at the start of the fourth.
The Cavaliers tied the game at 70 early in the fourth behind Earl Clark’s triple before the Suns pulled away with an 11-0 blast.