Raptors spoil debut of interim Suns coach Watson
(The Sports Xchange) - Toronto guard Kyle Lowry scored 26 points and DeMar DeRozan had 22 as the Raptors spoiled Phoenix interim coach Earl Watson's debut in a 104-97 victory over the Suns on Tuesday at Talking Stick Resort Arena.
Reserve guard Terrence Ross had 16 points and 7-foot center Jonas Valanciunas had 14 points for the Raptors (33-16), who have won 12 of their last 13.
Forward Markieff Morris had a season-high 30 points and 11 rebounds for the Suns (14-36), who have lost five in a row, 11 of their last 12 and 20 of their last 22.
Suns rookie guard Devin Booker had 27 points and tied a career high with six 3-pointers, including two 3s and a layup during a 13-4 run that brought the Suns within 99-94 with 2:56 remaining.
DeRozan made 3-pointer as the shot clock expired with 51 seconds left for a 102-94 lead. Lowry had five 3-pointers.
First-year Suns assistant Watson was promoted to interim coach Monday, when the Suns fired Jeff Hornacek in what was to be the final year of his three-year contract.
Suns point guard Archie Goodwin had 18 points and a career-high 12 assists for his first career double-double.
Goodwin made his seventh straight start in place of injured guard Brandon Knight, who has been out with a sports hernia and is not expected back before the All-Star break.
The Suns led by as many as seven points in the first quarter but did not lead over the final 33 minutes. Continued...