NBA players and twin brothers Marcus and Markieff Morris were acquitted Tuesday of aggravated assault in connection with the beating of a man in Phoenix in 2015.

A third person, their friend Gerald Bowman, also was acquitted.

All three had been charged with two counts of aggravated assault in the beating of Erik Hood on Jan. 24, 2015, outside a basketball tournament in Phoenix, when the Morris brothers were with the Phoenix Suns.

The Morris twins and Bowman were all smiles and handshakes as they left the courtroom.

"Not guilty!" said Bowman repeatedly as he walked into the lobby of the Mariciopa County Superior Courthouse.

Both Bowman and the Morrises came to the courthouse dressed in their street clothes, after word was sent that the jury had reached a verdict.

As they left, Marcus Morris said he was relieved, but always expected an acquittal.

"From the beginning, we expected them to acquit," he said.

Markieff Morris added: "We put our faith in our lawyers.''

With the NBA season just two weeks away, both Marcus and Markieff Morris will have to travel to the other side of the country to reunite with their teams.

"I'm going to Boston," Marcus Morris said. "Gonna get back with the team."