Bledsoe scores 24 points, Suns defeat Pelicans

Published on NewsOK Modified: November 10, 2013 at 10:30 pm •  Published: November 10, 2013
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PHOENIX (AP) — Eric Bledsoe and the Phoenix Suns are getting comfortable with playing close games.

Bledsoe scored 24 points and Markieff Morris came off the bench to score 23 as the Suns pulled away from the New Orleans Pelicans 101-94 on Sunday night.

"We're just a young team and we play extremely hard," Bledsoe said. "Even though things weren't going our way, we fought through."

Bledsoe hit a long 3-pointer with one second left on the shot clock to give the Suns a 95-85 lead with 1:25 to go.

"I just locked in a little bit," Bledsoe said. "I saw time was running down and I wasn't shooting well from 3, but I locked in a shot it with confidence."

Morris similarly has upped his game. He shot 9 of 12, and has gone 30 for 38 from the field over his past three games while averaging 24.7 points in that span and playing solid defense.

"The first two years I couldn't play without fouling," Morris said. "I watched a lot of film and became a student of the game. I saw why I was picking up dumb fouls. It's a matter of doing the work early."

Morris is only the third player since 1989 to notch three consecutive games shooting at least 75 percent from the floor while taking at least 12 shots, joining Dwight Howard and Charles Barkley.

Gerald Green scored 15 and Goran Dragic added 12 for the Suns, who have won four of five.

Suns coach Jeff Hornacek became the first coach in franchise history to win his first four home games.

Jason Smith scored 22 points while Jrue Holiday and Anthony Morrow each had 16 for the Pelicans.

Anthony Davis, who entered the game averaging 23 points and 11.5 rebounds per game, was held to 14 and 12.

"Most of the game it was easy for other guys on their team to get shots so they didn't need to feed him too often," Hornacek said.

Morrow's long jump shot with 6:30 remaining pulled New Orleans within 80-79, but he missed a 3-pointer that could have given the Pelicans their first lead since the final 90 seconds of the first half.

After Brian Roberts missed a second-chance jumper following an offensive rebound by Davis, the Suns sprinted downcourt and Morris hit a 3-pointer from the left wing. Morris added a dunk and Phoenix went on a 9-2 run to open an 89-81 lead with 3:31 to go.



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