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Suns beat Nuggets 97-89 as Gallinari has 17 points in return from torn ACL

  • Denver Nuggets center Timofey Mozgov (25) gets foled by Phoenix Suns center Miles Plumlee (22) in the first quarter during an preseason NBA basketball game, Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

    Denver Nuggets center Timofey Mozgov (25) gets foled by Phoenix Suns center Miles Plumlee (22) in the first quarter during an preseason NBA basketball game, Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)  (The Associated Press)

  • Denver Nuggets guard Arron Afflalo (10), center, drives past Phoenix Suns guards Eric Bledsoe (2) and Goran Dragic (1) in the first quarter during an NBA preseason basketball game, Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

    Denver Nuggets guard Arron Afflalo (10), center, drives past Phoenix Suns guards Eric Bledsoe (2) and Goran Dragic (1) in the first quarter during an NBA preseason basketball game, Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)  (The Associated Press)

  • Denver Nuggets center Jusuf Nurkic, left, shoots over Phoenix Suns forward Shavlik Randolph (43) in the first quarter during an NBA preseason basketball game, Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

    Denver Nuggets center Jusuf Nurkic, left, shoots over Phoenix Suns forward Shavlik Randolph (43) in the first quarter during an NBA preseason basketball game, Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)  (The Associated Press)

Goran Dragic and Markieff Morris each scored 12 points to lead the Phoenix Suns past the Denver Nuggets, 97-89 in preseason action Friday night.

Gerald Green added 10 points, and Ty Warren and Anthony Tolliver each had 10 for the Suns.

Danilo Gallinari scored 17 points off the bench for the Nuggets in his first appearance since April 4, 2013, when he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee against the Dallas Mavericks.

Gallinari was 5 for 9 from the floor, including a pair of 3-pointers.

Timofey Mozgov added 14 points and Jusuf Nurkic had 12 rebounds for Denver.

Phoenix, which has won both of its preseason games, led by six at halftime but outscored Denver 28-18 in the third period and led by as many as 18 points.