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Updated Mar 1, 2013 - 10:50 pm

Suns Strokes: 'Wonder Twins' lead Phoenix to third straight win

Atlanta Hawks' Jeff Teague (0) tries to drive past Phoenix Suns' Markieff Morris, left, and Goran Dragic, of Slovenia, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, March 1, 2013, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Sure, you could read the box score and know who won, but we all know that won't tell you everything that happened in a basketball game. So, we will give you Suns Strokes, providing you with the analysis, quotes and notes from the Suns' 92-87 win over the Hawks on March 1.

The Good:

The Suns extended their winning streak to three straight games, the longest since winning a season-high four straight games from Dec. 12-19. They did so behind the combined efforts of Marcus (16 pts) and Markieff Morris (11 pts).

Marcus made a career-high tying four three-pointers, including two in the fourth quarter when all five reserves played all 12 fourth-quarter minutes. The Suns bench outscored the Hawks bench, 58-34. Since the trade deadline, that unit is averaging 44.8 points in the last five games.

The Bad:

Goran Dragic left the game with 4:44 remaining in the third quarter after what he described as "an awkward fall" driving to the basket with Devin Harris defending. Dragic, who recorded his seventh-straight double-digit scoring effort with a team-high 19 points, suffered a right lower back bruise and is officially listed as day-to-day.

And after having the third-worst record in the NBA earlier in the week, the Suns -- after Friday night's action, are now sixth-worst (tied with Hornets).

He Said It:

"It felt good," Wesley Johnson said of scoring 13 of his season-high 15 points in the third quarter. "Just knowing how the first half had went, I was ready to try to come out there and really just get stuff going, just really try to pick everybody up, get my offense going. My shot was falling so I just kept it going."


The Suns earned their seventh win of the season against a 30-win team, their fourth such win under Lindsey Hunter.

Phoenix has held their last three opponents (3-0 record) to an average of 90.3 points on 39.8 percent shooting.

Jermaine O'Neal received his 11th techical foul of the season for jawing with Al Horford with 6:26 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Josh Smith (falsely reported trade target of the Suns) had 5 points (2-of-11 from the field), 10 rebounds, 5 assists and five turnovers.

Up Next:

The Suns (21-39) are off the next four days. The team does not play again until they host the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday, March 6./p>

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School: Syracuse University, '96

When you started with Bonneville Phoenix: December 1, 1999

Favorite sports memory: Game 7, 2001 World Series

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