Rapid Reaction: Suns hold off Blazers, win 104-98

Rapid Reaction: Suns hold off Blazers, win 104-98
October 9, 2013, 8:30 pm
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Lillard: Setting aggressive tone in preseason

48 hours after routing the Milwaukee Bucks by 41, the Phoenix Suns (2-0) continued their assault on the Portland Trail Blazers (0-2) winning 104-98 at the Moda Center Wednesday night.

Damian Lillard led Portland with 19 points. Allen Crabbe provided 14 points and Will Barton offered 13 points as two key reserves.

LaMarcus Aldridge and Mo Williams made their preseason debut putting up 10 points and nine points respectively. Williams did hand out a team-high seven assists.

The Trail Blazers started the game off sluggish, going five-for-18 from the field in the first quarter while Goran Dragic flourished, scoring 11 of his 19 points off the bench in that opening quarter.

To begin the second quarter, the Trail Blazers got in a groove, knocking down their first 10 shots.

Tempers erupted in this game on both sides. Meyers Leonard picked up a technical for shoving Alex Len. Len then got into it with Thomas Robinson, resulting in a tech for Robinson as Robinson made a hard play for the ball.

A few moments later Robinson picked up his second technical after he inadvertently through an elbow to the face area of Marcin Gortat. That was an automatic ejection for Robinson in the second quarter.

It didn't end there.

LaMarcus Aldridge and Markieff Morris had to be separated in the third quarter after they got in one another faces while a Suns player was getting set to shoot a free throw. Morris got a technical. They would jawed at each other up and down the court for a few trips, but that was the extent.

Channing Frye, who sat out all of last season to deal with heart complications, scored 14 points and was three-for-four from the floor. Marcus Morris scored 14 points, as well.

Nicolas Batum (concussion) and Dorell Wright (dislocated middle finger) were not available for tonight's game.

The Trail Blazers next game is Friday night against the Utah Jazz in Boise, ID.