Game Recap: Phoenix Suns 114 – Portland Trail Blazers 87

Nov. 21, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Portland Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum (88) rolls off a pick set by teammate LaMarcus Aldridge (12) during the game against the Phoenix Suns in the first half at US Airways Center. The Suns defeated the Trail Blazers 114-87. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-US PRESSWIRE

We all just got an extra thing to be thankful for this Thanksgiving as last night we watched our Phoenix Suns (5-7) halt the red hot Trail Blazers (5-6) winning streak by beating them in a convincing fashion at the U.S Airways center last night 114-87.

Most of us knew a line-up was change was coming as Alvin Gentry announced after the loss Saturday night to Miami. Who would’ve thought Luis Scola would lose his starting job? That was very shocking to me but I’ll put up an article discussing that situation a little later.

But on Wednesday night it was Shannon Brown and Markieff Morris that got the starting nod while Scola, and Jared Dudley got called back to the bench. Morris rewarded Gentry by putting up 19 points, 7 rebounds on 9 of 13 shooting from the field and Brown was his typical solid self, notching 10 points and dished out a couple of dimes.

Goran Dragic had his typical game as well, dropping 15 points, 8 dimes and picked up 3 steals on the night.

Marcin Gortat also responded with a strong game after facing controversy these past few days after his controversial interview with the Polish sports media got out, trades rumors began to surface, and all of that off course found its way back to Alvin Gentry. However Gortat responded last night by dominating Portland’s rookie center Meyers Leonard by scoring a season high 22 points in the Suns win.

Oct. 12, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns forward Markieff Morris handles the ball in the game against the Portland Trail Blazers in the second half at US Airways Center. The Suns defeated the Trail Blazers 104-93. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-US PRESSWIRE

This was obviously a great win for the Suns as they were on a 3-game skid and to blow out a young but very talented Blazers team in such a fashion was rather impressive.

Jermaine O’Neal again had a stellar game as he recorded 17 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks in 19 minutes of action. Since O’Neal’s return after dealing with family issues he’s averaging 13 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.7 blocks, 1.3 steals on 75% shooting from the field and 82% from the foul-line; talk about turning back the clock, I can’t recall the last time O’Neal played at such a high level.

The Suns had control of the game pretty much from the gecko. After trailing 8-4 in the early 1st quarter on a collective effort from the whole team and took a 29-25 lead after one, and never looked back.

The Suns took a 55-40 lead late in the 1st half after a Gortat score with 1:32 left; Gortat scored 16 points in the 1st half, and the Suns led 57-44 at halftime.

The Blazers seemed out of rhythm all night, and the only Blazer that looked like he came to play was rookie Damian Lillard who dropped 24 points(nothing new for him) while the rest of the team looked like they had Thanksgiving dinner early.

On that note, the Suns will host king eyebrow(yes, singular) Anthony Davis and the New Orleans

Nov. 21, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns center Jermaine O

Hornets on Friday night, and it’ll also be a homecoming for Robin Lopez who’s having a fine season with the Hornets, evidently it was the Suns that were the problem….Nonetheless it’s going to be a great game, however at this point in time Davis’ status is in question after dealing with ankle issues and he’s sat out the last 2 games.

**From all of us at FanSided and especially from me personally, the only staff member of we want to wish you all a safe, blessed, and most of all a happy holiday. I appreciate every single one of you guys that took your time out today to check out Sun-N-Gun really means a lot to me. I also want to apologize for not posting an article in the past couple days, the entire FanSided network dealt with some server issues yesterday and none of the writers were able to get anything up on their sites as well. Anyways as always, thanks for reading y’all and again, happy holidays!

Topics: Markieff Morris, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers

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