PHOENIX (AP) — Three ugly quarters didn't get Eric Bledsoe down. And his fourth quarter was a beauty.
Bledsoe, who missed 10 of his first 11 shots, scored the final 14 points for Phoenix, topping it off with a 3-pointer with 0.7 seconds to play to give the Suns an 87-84 victory over the Utah Jazz on Friday night.
Phoenix improved to 2-0 under new coach and ex-Jazz player and assistant coach Jeff Hornacek.
Gordon Hayward's 3-pointer tied it for Utah at 84 with 22.9 seconds to play.
Bledsoe, 4 of 15 from the field, finished with 18 points for the Suns, 17 in the fourth quarter. Miles Plumlee added 13 points and 13 rebounds.
Enes Kanter scored 20 points and Hayward had 18 points for Utah.
The Suns' Goran Dragic played 3 minutes in the third quarter then left because of a right face contusion he sustained in a nasty collision with teammate Markieff Morris late in the first half.
Dragic wanted to play but Hornacek pulled him.
"He just didn't look right," Hornacek said.
Bledsoe made one of two free throws with 30.4 seconds to play, making it 84-81 and giving Utah a chance to tie.
The Jazz did just that when Hayward broke free for the 3-pointer.
Bledsoe calmly dribbled down the clock then pulled up for his game-winning 3 from the top of the key.
"I knew that he was playing me to drive so I was going to wait until the clock got really low to shoot it," Bledsoe said. "... He was daring me to shoot it so you know I was going to shoot it."
Hayward confirmed he was worried about Bledsoe driving to the basket.
"I tried to sag off him just a tad but he is a little quicker than I am," Hayward said. "He kind of shown he would drive to the basket the whole game but he made a nice pull-up there. It was a tough shot."
The Jazz were called for an out-of-bounds violation on their desperation attempt at the finish.
Utah coach Tyrone Corbin pointed to his team's 20 turnovers and Phoenix's 24 fast-break points.
"And we missed our free throws," he said. "We missed 10 again tonight so we've got to get better at those things. Young guys or whatever, we have to make free throws and we can't turn the ball over."