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Wednesday, November 13th (All times Eastern)

Phoenix Suns (5-2) at Portland Trail Blazers (5-2), 10 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - Two of the NBA's best teams meet Wednesday night when the Phoenix Suns visit Rose City and the Moda Center to take on the Portland Trail Blazers.

Wait, what?

That's right, the Suns and Blazers are tied for the third-best record in the NBA at the moment. Phoenix leads the Pacific Division and Portland is just a half-game behind the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Northwest Division.

The Suns have won two straight, thanks to a 101-94 home win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday. Phoenix is a perfect 4-0 at home and their two losses, while both on the road, came at the hands of the Thunder and San Antonio Spurs. The Suns were in both of those games, too.

Defense is at the heart of the turnaround in Phoenix. The Suns are fifth in the NBA in opponents' scoring, holding teams to 96.0 ppg. They are sixth in opponents' field-goal percentage.

"You don't want your scoring to dictate how your defense is playing," first- year coach Jeff Hornacek said. "To me, it's opposite. When you're struggling offensively, that's when you should be saying, 'okay, it might not be my night offensively, but I can get after somebody and stop someone on the other end.'"

Against the Pelicans, Eric Bledsoe led the way with 24 points. Markieff Morris, the reigning Player of the Week in the Western Conference, added 23 points off the bench.

Gerald Green and Goran Dragic both scored in double figures and Miles Plumlee pulled down 12 rebounds.

The Blazers have won three straight and are 3-1 at home this season.

On Monday, Portland knocked off the visiting Detroit Pistons, 109-103.

Damian Lillard paced the Blazers with 25 points on 5-for-8 shooting from behind the 3-point line. LaMarcus Aldridge added 12 rebounds and Robin Lopez also had a double-double with 17 points and 10 boards.

Nicolas Batum chipped in 12, Mo Williams had 17 off the bench and Dorell Wright managed 11 for the second unit.

The Blazers will be out for revenge against a Suns team that knocked them off opening night. But, Portland certainly respects what Phoenix has been able to accomplish.

"For a young team, they're really established an identity early," Portland coach Terry Stotts said of Phoenix. "They're young, they play with energy. They're playing very well."

The Suns have won six of the last eight meetings between the two, but are 1-7 in their last eight in Portland.

11/13 10:47:13 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
7:00pm Tonight
CAR
STL
 
Final
ORL 100
MIL 115
Final
IND 103
NYK 82
Final
MEM 99
DEN 69
3rd
LAL 71
CHI 60
 
7:00pm Tonight
PHI
MIN
 
7:30pm Tonight
BOS
HOU
 
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ATL
POR
 
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CLE
SAC
 
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BRK
TOR
 
8:00pm Tonight
MIA
DAL
 
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NOP
LAC
 
9:00pm Tonight
UTA
GSW
 
10:30pm Tonight
PHO
CHI
 
Final
PROV 83
DEP 72
Final
RUTG 51
MSU 71
Final
ARMY 71
BU 67
 
Final
RFLSH 75
BRY 68
 
Final
MERC 75
CHAT 72
 
Final
LIU 67
CCST 55
 
Final
TOWS 74
COC 70
 
Final
UMASS 66
DAY 64
Final
FUR 59
ETST 55
 
Final
ODU 71
FIU 56
Final
RMU 87
FD 65
 
Final
CHAR 86
FATL 61
Final
LIB 53
HIGH 72
 
Final
UNF 86
KNST 67
 
Final
FLGC 78
LIP 62
 
Final
OSU 80
MD 56
Final
Terriers 73
MNTER 67
 
Final
STET 85
NKENTUCKY 75
 
Final
WAGN 75
SHU 64
 
Final
GMAS 68
STLU 60
 
Final
JVU 65
USCU 78
 
Final
VMI 70
WCU 85
 
Final
LATU 69
WKENT 56
Final
UNCG 42
WOFF 58
 
Final
DET 93
YOUNG 87
 
Final
GSOUT 83
APP 46
 
Final
TENNM 81
EILL 51
 
Final
GHND 64
HC 54
 
Final
CIN 70
UCONN 58
Final
NDST 61
DEN 54
 
Final
SD 55
MAST 66
 
Final
UWMIL 71
ILLCH 65
 
Final
BEL 103
JVST 82
 
Final
SMISS 54
MARS 69
Final
TXSA 69
MTST 58
Final
PETE 49
RIDE 58
 
Final
SEMIZ 61
SIUE 75
 
Final
TENST 64
TENT 56
 
Final
NDAK 60
WEBER 67
 
Final
SALA 89
LALAF 85
 
Final
ARKST 65
ARKLR 75
 
Final
TROY 55
LAMON 58
 
Final
TXARL 74
UGST 88
 
Final
MURST 85
EKENT 78
 
Final
NCOL 79
IDST 76
 
Final
MIZZ 53
KENT 69
Final
GONZ 64
PORT 46
Final
UTEP 71
UAB 69
Final
GRCN 78
UMKC 57
 
Final
WLVRN 78
CHIST 62
 
2nd OT
USC 76
COL 75
 
Final
UCI 67
CPSL 57
 
2nd
CSNO 68
HAW 80
 
Final
PAC 43
PEPP 50
 
2nd
SDU 55
SCU 45
 
Final
UCD 70
UCSB 64
 
2nd
UCLA 64
UTAH 57
 
Final
PORST 54
MONT 73
 
Final
SACST 75
MNTST 59
 
2nd
CSFU 57
LBSU 49
 
2nd
GAELS 55
LMU 46
 
Half
WASU 37
CAL 39
 
Half
BYU 34
USF 30
 
6:00pm Tonight
PRIN
HARV
 
7:00pm Tonight
CORN
BRO
 
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PENN
DART
 
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NIAG
MAR
 
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CAN
QUIN
 
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MAN
SIENA
 
8:00pm Tonight
WILL
IUPUI
 
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FAIR
MON
 
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ARST
OREG
 
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CLMB
YALE
 
10:00pm Tonight
BUF
KSU
 
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ARZ
ORST
 
Final
NYI 2
BOS 5
Final
NYR 0
MON 1
Final
PHI 5
WIN 2
Final
TOR 1
ARI 3
Final
FLA 3
CLB 2
Final
TAM 5
DET 1
Final
STL 5
NAS 4
Final
CAL 0
MIN 1
Final
EDM 3
BUF 2
 
2nd Intermission
SJS 6
ANA 1
 
7:00pm Tonight
NJD
PIT
 
7:00pm Tonight
CAR
STL
 
9:00pm Tonight
COL
NAS
 
10:00pm Tonight
VAN
BUF
 
10:00pm Tonight
ANA
CHI