The Suns have played like magicians in the past two games and not just because their sleight of hands offensively have been so good that they scored 116 points Friday night and a season-high 129 points on Sunday night.

It is that their art of misdirection has been artful enough to placate the masses with points and victories while they still sort out their defensive issues. Atlanta was a match for the Suns’ speed and desired pace but no match in weaponry without stars Al Horford and Paul Millsap as the Suns won 129-120 at US Airways Center.

The Suns (35-24) made 12 first-half 3-pointers and scored a league season-high 79 points to come within two points of an arena scoring record for a half and hide that the Hawks (26-32) were also shooting 63percent. For a second consecutive game, the Suns did not find some semblance of enough defense to win until the fourth quarter to put away a nose-diving Atlanta team that has lost 11 of its past 12 games.

The Suns rolled offensively with Gerald Green’s 33 points, giving him as many 30-point games this season as he previously had in his career. Markieff Morris continued to give the Suns a post weapon off the bench who can draw fouls and he added 21 points and eight rebounds while his twin, Marcus, came within a rebound of his first career double-double (18 points and nine rebounds) as the twins often paired as the big men in a smaller lineup.

Atlanta was giving Phoenix a dose of its own medicine by quickly attacking the Suns off anything, including made baskets. The Suns’ five-game stretch of defensive woes continued with another bad start. The Hawks led 29-22 in less than eight minutes, continuing a stretch in which the Suns have given up an average of 31.4 first-quarter points. Over those five games, the Suns have allowed 52.6 percent shooting, a scary trend when the next four games are against the Los Angeles Clippers (twice), Oklahoma City and Golden State.

“We have to improve our defense, especially now when we play against the Clippers, Thunder and those guys,” said Suns point guard Goran Dragic, who had 19 points and eight assist Sunday night while his counterpart Jeff Teague posted 29 points and nine assists. “If you’re not going to be solid, then they’re going to run over us.”