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Dragic scores 30, injures elbow in Suns' win

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 29, 2014 at 10:52 pm •  Published: January 29, 2014
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MILWAUKEE (AP) — Goran Dragic tumbled to the floor after a hard foul.

When he finally got up, he was holding his elbow.

That didn't stop him from sealing the game for the Phoenix Suns.

Dragic scored 10 of his 30 points in the final 3:28, helping the Suns beat the Milwaukee Bucks 126-117 on Wednesday night.

"Emotions," Dragic said. "You are so much in the zone, the adrenaline keeps you going."

Dragic hit the floor hard after a late foul by Larry Sanders, but was able to stay in the game — and keep scoring, including a pair of 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions.

But he was on the bench with a wrap on his left elbow in the closing minutes, and was escorted to the locker room with 52 seconds remaining.

Dragic said an X-ray was negative, but his elbow was swollen.

"I'm a little bit concerned," Dragic said. "Right now it is too soon. We will see how I am feeling in the morning. I'm a quick healer."

Gerald Green scored 23 and Marcus Morris had 16 points off the bench for the Suns, who have won the first three games of a four-game road trip.

Suns coach Jeff Hornacek wasn't pleased that his team frittered away a few big leads.

"When we get up, we have a tendency to relax," Hornacek said. "If you are not scoring, at least play defense."

Ersan Ilyasova scored 27 points and Brandon Knight added 24 for the Bucks, who have only one win in January.

A sign of the times in a tough season: The biggest ovation of the night went not to a Bucks player but rather to former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver, who was sitting courtside.

Still Bucks coach Larry Drew was pleased with the way his team responded from a pair of blowout losses.

"There were some positives to come out of this game, and we're going to continue to try to build on the positives," Drew said.

And Drew was plenty impressed by Dragic.

"I think a lot of people used to look at him as a reserve," Drew said. "But he has shown that he's a starter. Not only is he a starter, but he has emerged as one of the top point guards in our league."

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