NBA: Suns choke Cavs in the third, complete come-from-behind win
The win allowed the Suns (25-18) to snap a three-game road losing streak, while the Cavs fell to 16-28.
Trailing by as much as 20 points late in the second quarter, 61-41, the visiting Suns used a 25-6 third period to lead by one point, 68-67, entering the fourth.
A triple by Earl Clark tied the game anew at 70-all, under a minute into the final quarter, but 11 straight by Phoenix shifted momentum squarely on to the Suns’ shoulders.
A layup by Kyrie Irving, followed by three free throws, cut Cleveland’s deficit to three, 84-81, 4:51 left, and it was Irving again who punctuated their last rally try, nailing two more from the stripe and nailing a jumper, 90-87, 1:34 left. In response though, Channing Frye connected on a triple, and
four free throws restored Phoenix’s 10-point lead, 97-87, 47 seconds left.
Markieff Morris led all scorers with 27 points and 15 rebounds off the bench. Channing Frye added 16 markers, 12 on three-pointers, while Goran Dragic put together a line of 15 points, five rebounds, seven assists and a steal versus just one turnover.
Kyrie Irving paced the Cavs with 24 points and nine assists. Luol Deng and Tristan Thompson added double-doubles of 18 points and 10 rebounds, and 17 points and 13 rebounds, respectively.
After shooting 54.5 percent at halftime, the Suns defense allowed just a 23.8 percent clip in the second half to the woeful Cavs. - AMD, GMA News