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NBA Game Summary - Phoenix at New Orleans



(Wednesday, April 9th)

Final Score: Phoenix 94, New Orleans 88

New Orleans, LA (SportsNetwork.com) - Eric Bledsoe put in the go-ahead basket with under two minutes to go, and the Phoenix Suns held on for a much-needed 94-88 road victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday.

The Suns, who still hold a one-game lead over the Memphis Grizzlies for the eighth and final seed in the Western Conference, scored the game's final seven points to avoid a sour start to a critical three-game road trip.

"They're all 'can't lose' at this point," Phoenix coach Jeff Hornacek said.

Gerald Green made four 3-pointers and logged a game-high 21 points for Phoenix, which has surged down the stretch with nine wins over its last 11 games. Goran Dragic totaled 20 points and nine assists and Bledsoe checked in with 16 points, six assists and six rebounds.

Anthony Davis did not play in New Orleans' sixth straight loss due to back spasms. Jeff Withey played more minutes in his absence and led the club with 17 points. Darius Miller and Anthony Morrow each netted 14 in the setback.

"I have nothing to complain about with our group," Pelicans head coach Monty Williams said. "We scrapped and played the way we like to play. Just couldn't put the ball in the basket enough times."

A Dragic layup put an end to a 10-0 New Orleans run that had given the hosts an 82-79 lead midway through the fourth quarter.

It stayed close the rest of the way, but a Tyreke Evans free throw with 2:18 remaining wound up being the last point the Pelicans scored.

Bledsoe's go-ahead shot came from 18 feet away, and Markieff Morris followed with a 20-footer after the Pelicans committed a shot clock violation.

New Orleans missed its last four shots, and the Suns held on despite not making a field goal over the final 1:12.

The Suns scored the game's first eight points and led by as many as 11 in the opening period, but the Pelicans made a run of their own to start the second.

Morrow's bucket less than four minutes in capped a quarter-opening 12-2 run and gave New Orleans its first lead at 26-25.

There were 11 more lead changes the rest of the half, and Phoenix went into the break holding a tenuous 47-46 advantage.

Phoenix again built a double-digit lead in the third, going ahead by a 67-57 count on Bledsoe's 3-pointer with 2:01 left in the frame, but the Pelicans answered with seven of the next eight points and continued chipping away in the fourth.

Game Notes

Phoenix swept the season series for the first time since the 2006-07 campaign ... The Suns will next visit the Spurs and Mavericks ... Phoenix had 26 fastbreak points to New Orleans' eight.

04/10 00:48:44 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
PHI 91
CHA 109
Final
PHI 91
CHA 109
Final
ORL 94
UTA 101
4th
CLE 95
BRK 91
 
Final
BOS 114
MIN 98
 
Final
DET 100
TOR 110
 
4th
MIA 95
WAS 99
 
4th
MEM 72
CHI 82
 
4th
SAN 76
POR 69
 
2nd
DEN 51
LAC 35
 
10:30pm Tonight
LAL
OKC
Final
YOUNG 92
WILB 71
 
Final
TULA 56
JST 49
 
Final
RAD 76
SIENA 66
 
Final
BUCK 88
CASEWEST 65
 
Final
LIB 94
CPNC 65
 
Final
SCAR 68
CLEM 45
 
Final
CMICH 97
CONC 60
 
Final
MIAMI 44
EKENT 72
Final
GWEBB 91
HIWASSEE 71
 
Final
ODU 60
MDES 43
 
Final
BUF 88
NIAG 62
 
Final
KSU 71
NCAT 57
 
Final
FAM 65
UNF 83
 
Final
NORST 81
NARZ 62
 
Final
DART 58
NILL 55
 
Final
MORE 60
NKENTUCKY 83
 
Final
UCSB 69
SDCHR 46
 
Final
STJ 53
GAELS 47
 
Final
ALA 69
STILL 49
 
Final
HAMP 66
TENST 54
 
Final
TENN 61
TENT 58
 
Final
WMARY 86
WSHMD 46
 
Final
MERC 67
COOK 46
 
Final
FLGC 83
FUR 78
 
Final
CALST 49
SDKST 53
 
2nd
MTST 65
CHAT 56
 
Final
NDAK 78
DICKINSON 48
 
Final
LAMON 76
LSUALEX 71
 
Final
PRIN 77
LIP 55
 
Final
LAM 80
MLGN 53
 
2nd
MINN 85
SEAT 48
 
Final
LOYC 73
SUTAH 57
 
Final
SELA 81
WINT 71
 
2nd
SILL 52
NO 54
 
Half
MARQ 40
ALAAM 20
 
1st
TTU 35
ARKPB 26
 
Half
DEN 37
COLST 34
 
Half
CREI 39
TXPA 27
 
10:00pm Tonight
CAL
EWASH
10:05pm Tonight
UTST
IDST
 
11:00pm Tonight
UTEP
ARZ
11:59pm Tonight
CHAM
HAW
 
Final
NJD 3
TAM 2
 
3rd
OTT 5
ANA 2
 
3rd
DET 1
NYI 2
 
2nd Intermission
WIN 2
BOS 1
 
1st Intermission
CAL 0
DAL 0