Suns Hold Off Wizards for Fifth Win in a Row
The Suns are used to erasing huge deficits. They've made it as close to a calling card as a team dares, most recently by coming back from 22 points down at Minnesota on Sunday.
They were nearly on the opposite side of that story on Wednesday, but once again their guard play carried them to a win.
Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe combined for 48 points, 13 assists, 13 rebounds and three steals as Phoenix won its fifth straight game, 99-93, over the Wizards.
Five different Suns players hit at least two three-pointers, led by the 6-of-9 combined long-bombing from their star guard duo.
The free-flowing offense put the Suns up by as much as 25 in the third quarter before Washington, led by John Wall's 29 points, cut it down to three in the fourth quarter.
Instead Phoenix responded, holding on to win their seventh game out of their last eight and jump back ahead of Dallas for eighth place in the Western Conference standings.
After seeing former college teammate John Wall carry the Wizards to within three points late in the fourth, Eric Bledsoe figured it was only appropriate to provide an answer.
He did so in the clutch, nailing a 30-foot three-pointer with 1:07 remaining to double the Suns' lead, then rebounded a Wall missed trey on the other end.
Gerald Green's free throws sealed the game.
HIGHLIGHT OF THE NIGHT
PLAYER(S) OF THE GAME
Eric Bledsoe: 23 points, seven assists, six rebounds
Goran Dragic: 25 points, six assists, seven rebounds
Yeah, the dual point guard thing is working.
PHOTO OF THE NIGHT
TWEET OF THE NIGHT
STAT(S) OF THE NIGHT
8: the number of consecutive games P.J. Tucker has snared at least eight rebounds