Marcus Morris scores 20 in return to Phoenix, Pistons win

PHOENIX (AP) Marcus Morris, who said he was looking to ''disrespect'' his former team in Phoenix and was booed every time he touched the ball early in the game, scored 20 points to help the Detroit Pistons open a six-game road trip with a 100-92 victory over the Suns on Friday night.

Morris' twin brother Markieff had 18 points for the Suns.

Reggie Jackson scored 14 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter for Detroit and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 18.

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Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight scored 22 points apiece for the Suns, who trailed throughout after the game's early moments. Bledsoe fouled out with 1:47 to play.

Andre Drummond had 12 points and 16 rebounds for the Pistons but was 2 of 13 from the free throw line.

The victory put Detroit at 4-1 for the first time since 2008.

Phoenix trailed 42-40 at halftime and almost caught the Pistons in the third quarter.

Ex-University of Arizona star Stanley Johnson made one of two free throws, Alex Len lost control of the dribble for a turnover and Marcus Morris scored on a breakaway dunk, putting the Pistons up 67-63 entering the fourth quarter.

The Detroit run reach 9-0 when Anthony Tolliver's 3-pointer put the Pistons up 74-63 with 10:02 to play. Jackson scored eight consecutive points late to put the game away.


At the morning shootaround, Marcus Morris made certain reporters knew he hadn't softened his feelings toward the Suns.

''I felt disrespected the entire time I was in Phoenix,'' Morris said. ''I was playing well, but I still feel like I didn't have a real opportunity to grow.''

He said he didn't think his brother ''looked very happy'' playing with the Suns.

And he looked forward to the game.

''Anytime a team trades you away like that, it's a slap in the face,'' Morris said. ''I still feel disrespected, and I feel like I want to disrespect them.''

The twins shook hands and hugged each other just before the opening tip.


The Pistons play six games in 10 days in the West, all against teams from the Pacific Division.

After Phoenix, there are stops in Portland, Golden State and Sacramento before finishing in San Francisco. The Suns finish the trip with games against the Clippers and Lakers on consecutive days.


Pistons: Detroit missed its first eight shots. .... Drummond drew his fourth foul when Len tried to dunk on him late in the third quarter. ... Marcus Morris hit a 3-pointer over Markieff in the second quarter. Marcus scored over Markieff in a physical play under the basket in the third quarter. ... Early in the third quarter, Marcus got a breakaway dunk after Markieff's turnover. In the fourth, Markieff picked off Marcus' pass.

Suns: The Suns missed their first seven shots of the second half. ... Early in the second quarter, Phoenix had more turnovers (7), than it did field goals (6). ... T.J. Warren had a spectacular dunk at the rim on a rebound of Knight's miss in the second quarter.


Pistons: Visit Portland on Sunday.

Suns: Visit Oklahoma City on Sunday.