Phoenix Suns (41-29) at Atlanta Hawks (31-37), 7:30 p.m. (ET)
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Phoenix Suns are doing their best to remain in the hunt for a playoff spot in the jumbled Western Conference and will visit the Atlanta Hawks Monday at Philips Arena.
The Suns pulled off a big 127-120 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday in the first of three straight road games and erased a 22-point deficit in the first half. They trailed 103-93 after three quarters, then turned it on over the next 12 minutes.
Phoenix outscored the Timberwolves 34-17 in the fourth quarter and was led by Markieff Morris's 25 points. Eric Bledsoe ended with 21 points, P.J. Tucker scored 19 and Goran Dragic added 18 points in the win, the Suns' third straight and fifth in six tries.
"Somehow they ended up pulling that game out," Suns head coach Jeff Hornacek said of his squad rallying in the second half. "It's a great thing to know as a coach, that your guys never give up."
Gerald Green scored 14 points and entered the game averaging 20.2 points in his previous 20 contests.
The Suns are 35-12 when scoring 100 or more points and have a 105.5 ppg average this season. They have a 17-16 road record and sit just a half-game out of a playoff spot and 2 1/2 games behind the No. 6 seed.
Phoenix will close the trip Wednesday at Washington.
Atlanta is falling back to its losing ways and is winless in the last two after ripping off five straight wins. The Hawks lost six in a row before the five-game run from March 10-18.
The Hawks had their winning streak stopped versus New Orleans on Friday, then suffered a 96-86 setback at Toronto two days later. DeMarre Carroll and Paul Millsap scored 17 points apiece and Jeff Teague ended with 16 points for Atlanta, which shot 43 percent and struggled from 3-point range (5-of-20). The Hawks were outscored, 36-15, in the final stanza.
"You've got to give Toronto credit, they made plays in the fourth quarter," Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said. "We missed shots, our execution wasn't there."
Hawks sharp-shooting guard Kyle Korver sat out a second straight game due to back spasms and is questionable Monday.
Atlanta will try to improve its 20-12 home record and currently resides eighth in the Eastern Conference standings, three games ahead of New York and two behind Charlotte.
The Suns beat the Hawks, 129-120, earlier this month in the desert, where Green scored 33 points and Teague countered with 29. Phoenix has won six of its last eight games in this series and is 10-4 in last 14 visits to Atlanta.
Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - Gerald Green scored nine of his 13 points in the fourth quarter and the Phoenix Suns defeated the Atlanta Hawks, 102-95, on Monday night.
Eric Bledsoe tallied 20 points, six rebounds and four assists, while Goran Dragic added 19 points and six assists for the Suns, who have won four in a row and six of their last seven.
DeMarre Carroll and Paul Millsap put in 19 points apiece for Atlanta, which has dropped three consecutive tilts on the heels of a five-game winning streak.
The game was tied 59-59 midway through the third quarter before Phoenix seized control of the contest with a 10-2 run. Channing Frye had five points during the surge, which he capped with a 3-pointer for a 69-61 advantage late in the third.
The Suns, who outscored Atlanta 35-23 in the third, headed into the final frame with a 77-68 spread.
Mike Scott finished off a quick 6-0 spurt with a layup to pull the Hawks within 81-77 with 8:44 left, but they never got any closer. Green netted seven points during a 9-3 Phoenix swing a few minutes later and his trey staked the Suns to a 92-82 margin with 5:14 remaining.
Earlier, Frye hit a pair of triples, while Dragic and Bledsoe also knocked down one apiece as the Suns raced out to a 15-7 start five minutes in. Atlanta rallied with a 12-4 run to tie the game at 23-23 before heading into the second with a 25-23 edge.