PHOENIX AZ - JANUARY 14: Steve Nash #13 of the Phoenix Suns handles the ball past Wesley Matthews #2 of the Portland Trail Blazers during the NBA game at US Airways Center on January 14 2011 in Phoenix Arizona. The Suns defeated the Trail Blazers 115-111. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and or using this photograph User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Blazers Vs. Suns: Markieff Morris Stars As Phoenix Thumps Portland, 102-77

LaMarcus Aldridge and the Portland Trail Blazers wanted to improve on their 5-1 record in Phoenix on Friday night. Markieff Morris had other ideas, leading the Suns to an upset.

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Blazers Vs. Suns Final Score: Unlikely Star Markieff Morris Helps Phoenix Pull Upset, 102-77

The Portland Trail Blazers came into their Friday night game with the Phoenix Suns hoping to run their record to 6-1, which would have been the best in the NBA's Western Conference. Instead, the Suns downed Portland, 102-77, thanks to some help from an unlikely contributor.

Steve Nash had 17 points and nine assists for the Suns, and Jared Dudley led them with 18 points, but Markieff Morris' 13 points and nine rebounds in 31 minutes made him the leader of a slew of bench players who came through for Phoenix. Morris was joined by reserves Shannon Brown (14 points) and Hakim Warrick (12 points) in double figures, and Robin Lopez snagged 12 rebounds in just 18 minutes of play.

The Blazers couldn't keep up, thanks to their very cold night from the floor. Portland shot 32.5 percent from the field, with LaMarcus Alridge, Jamal Crawford, and Nicolas Batum combining to make just 13 of their 41 shots in the game. All three players scored in double figures despite their poor shooting, but no other Blazers joined them.

For more on the Suns, check out Bright Side of the Sun. For more on the Blazers, visit Blazer's Edge.

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