NBA: Suns win Third Straight Against Pelicans
The Phoenix Suns started off their three-game road trip with a bang by defeating the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night with a final score of 94-88.
The Suns (47-31) improved to a season-best 16 games above .500 with four games remaining in the regular season with the victory as well as capturing a four-game season sweep of New Orleans (32-46). Phoenix remained one game ahead of 9th place Memphis, who defeated the Miami Heat on Wednesday, with the victory.
Goran Dragic turned in another All-Star caliber performance with 20 points, nine assists, as well as three blocks in the victory. “The Dragon” shot 8-14 from the field and 2-3 from behind the arch, while playing a team-high 39 minutes and always being the backbone for the Suns offensive attack.
Gerald Green led the Suns in scoring with 21 points and had a spectacular dunk in the second quarter where he drove baseline, avoided the defender by bringing the ball below his waist, and then proceeded to swing the ball up in one fluid motion to finish above the rim.
Eric Bledsoe shot 0-6 from the field in the first half, but definitely turned it around after halftime. Bledsoe shot 7-7 in the second half to finish with 16 points, six rebounds, six assists, and two steals.
The Pelicans were without Anthony Davis (back) allowing rookie Jeff Withey an opportunity and he took advantage of his chance. Withey scored a career-high 17 points, which was also a team-high in the contest. All four of New Orleans’ players that came off of the bench finished with double digit points. The Pelicans’ bench outscored their starters 53-38.
Phoenix will continue their road trip on Friday night when they travel to San Antonio to take on Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and the rest of the first-place Spurs.