PHOENIX - One of six Cleveland players in double figures, guard Kyrie Irving scored 23 points and added nine rebounds and six assists as the Cavaliers snapped a four-game losing streak with a 110-101 win over the slumping Phoenix Suns Wednesday. Center Spencer Hawes had 17 of his 19 points in the first quarter and forward Luol Deng added 18 for the Cavaliers, who won for just the third time in the last 10 games. Guard Goran Dragic scored 20 points and forward Marcus Morris added 18 points off the bench for the Suns in their third straight loss. Guard Eric Bledsoe had 15 points on 5-for-16 shooting and nine assists in his return after missing 33 games following knee surgery.
Marcus Morris will start at small forward against the Cavs on Wednesday for the suspended P.J. Tucker.
The Scoop:Tucker was suspended for his blow to Blake Griffin on Monday and the Suns will have to go without their best wing defender tonight. Morris has essentially played starters minutes over his previous three, averaging 29.4 minutes per game with 12.3 points, 3.0 boards, 2.7 assists and 1.7 triples on 53.8 percent from the field. Now that Eric Bledsoe is back, Gerald Green should also see a nice chunk of minutes at small forward tonight.
Markieff Morris hit 8-of-13 shots for 24 points, six rebounds, three assists and a steal in Thursday's exciting win over the Thunder, while Marcus Morris added 15 points, three rebounds, two assists and three 3-pointers on 5-of-7 shooting.
The Scoop:Markieff is a must-start player these days, as this has become the norm for him, while Marcus is also getting hot.