NBA: Dragic and Bledsoe carry Suns to 5th straight win
The “Slash Brothers” of Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe carried the Suns to a 99-93 victory last night and also helped Phoenix tie the Mavericks in the standings for 8th place.
The Suns (43-29) held a 91-79 lead with under 8 minutes remaining before a 11-2 run by the Wizards to cut the lead to 93-90 with a minute and a half remaining before Bledsoe hit a deep 3-point shot and Gerald Green made two free throws in the waning seconds to seal the game.
Dragic and Bledsoe combined for 48 points (6-9 on 3-point shots), 13 rebounds, and 13 assists in the victory. Green scored 18 points and grabbed 4 boards. The team as a whole shot 14-28 on 3-pointers as they continue to live and die by the three-ball. Another key factor in this game was that the team only missed one of their 12 free throw attempts, which has been a weakness all year.
John Wall led the Wizards in scoring yet again with 29 points and 6 assists while Trevor Ariza had 14 points and 8 rebounds.
The Wizards (36-35) are slipping down the standings day-by-day and are now just 1.5 games ahead of the Bobcats for 6th place. Holding onto that 6th spot would be extremely beneficial because no one wants to play the Pacers or the Heat in the first round.
The Suns have their grasp on a playoff spot as they hold the tie breaker over the Mavericks for the 8th seed, are 0.5 games behind Memphis, 1.5 games behind Golden State, and 2 games behind Portland with 10 games to go.
Phoenix will return home to face the reeling New York Knicks on Friday night with hopes of improving their astounding record.
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