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Jonathan Dalton
Date
November 11, 2013

Bledsoe scores 24 points, Suns defeat Pelicans

PHOENIX (AP) — Eric Bledsoe scored 24 points and Markieff Morris came off the bench to score 23 as the Phoenix Suns beat the New Orleans Pelicans 101-94 on Sunday night.

Morris shot 9 of 12, and has gone 30 for 38 from the field over his past three games while averaging 24.7 points in that span.

Gerald Green scored 15 and Goran Dragic added 12 for the Suns, who have won four of five.

Suns coach Jeff Hornacek became the first coach in franchise history to win his first four home games.

Jason Smith scored 22 points while Jrue Holiday and Anthony Morrow each had 16 for the Pelicans.

Morrow’s long jump shot with 6:30 remaining pulled New Orleans within 80-79, but he missed a 3-pointer that could have given the Pelicans their first lead since the final 90 seconds of the first half.

After Brian Roberts missed a second-chance jumper following an offensive rebound by Anthony Davis, the Suns sprinted downcourt and Morris hit a 3-pointer from the left wing. Morris added a dunk and Phoenix went on a 9-2 run to open an 89-81 lead with 3:31 to go.

Eric Gordon’s 3-pointer made it a five-point game, but Dragic and Bledsoe hit 3-pointers to extend the Suns’ lead to 95-85 with 1:25 left.

The Suns, who missed their first 10 3-point attempts and made only one 3-pointer through the first three quarters, went 5 of 9 from beyond the arc in the fourth.

The Pelicans pulled even at 65 on a layup by Davis with 1:23 left in the third period, but Morris scored the last six points of the quarter to take a 71-65 lead into the fourth.

NOTES: Dragic returned after missing three games with a sprained left ankle. … Phoenix led 19-16 after the first quarter despite shooting 33.3 percent from the floor. … Smith’s 14 first-half points matched his full-game season high. … Pelicans G Anthony Morrow was the only New Orleans player to score off the bench in the first half, scoring eight points while the Pelicans’ other five bench players went 0 for 8 from the floor in 21 combined minutes. … New Orleans didn’t attempt a free throw in the first half.

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