Phoenix Suns (47-31) 94
New Orleans Pelican (32-46) 88
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA
With just under two minutes left in Wednesday nights match up between the Suns and Pelicans, the Pelicans led by one in a game that could be crucial in the Suns playoff race. That is when the Suns looked towards one of their best player, Eric Bledsoe, and he delivered. Bledsoe took a shot from about 18 feet out and drained it giving the Suns the one point lead they would hold on to untill the finish. After great defense on the other end of the court, the Suns forced a shot clock violation, and the Suns would score a again when Bledsoe assisted a Markieff Morris jump shot.
The game started off well for the Suns, they scored the first six points and eight of the first ten. Their offense seemed in sync and their defense managed to hold the Pelicans to only 14 in the first period of play.
The second quarter would belong to the Pelicans. They started off with a bang scoring eight straight point in the span of a little over two minutes, and made it a one point game. From their on out they managed to match the suns and keep up with them. They would even take their first lead of the game about 5 minutes in. The Pelicans looked nothing like they did in the first half, scoring 32 to the Suns 24, and cutting the halftime lead to only one point.
Tyreke Evans made a layup on the Pelicans first possession of the third quarter, immediately giving the Pelicans a lead coming out of the break. Both teams wold then go on to a four minute drought with nothing but missed shots and turnovers, until Brian Roberts finally broke the cold stretch with an 18 foot jumper that extended the Pelican lead to three. After Roberts scored, he broke the drought on both sides. The Suns would answer with three straight shots from Bledsoe, and four of their next five, and an assist on the fifth. The Suns would begin to pull away towards the end of the quarter that was capped off with a Gerald Green three pointer with two seconds to play, and went into the fourth up by 7.
Gerald Green would pick up where he left off in the third by hitting a three pointer to start off the fourth on his huge day off of the bench. Green would score the first 8 for the Suns in the fourth as they tried to hold off a good offensive showing from the Pelicans in the final quarter. The Pelicans regained the lead on a quick one minute run led by Austin Rivers that scored 7 points in 60 seconds, and put them up 81-79 with 5:30 to play. After a Gerald Green technical, the Pelicans added to their lead and it looked like they were gaining momentum. But a Goran Dragic layup followed by a Eric Bledsoe jumper put them right back in front. And this time, the SUns would hold on to win,
The Suns were led by their top three players in Green, Dragic and Bledsoe. Dragic finished the game with 20 points and almost had a double double with 9 assists. Bledsoe scored 16 and grabbed 6 rebounds and earned 6 assists for his big day. Green was huge off of the bench scoring 21 points off of 8/14 shooting.
The Pelicans top scorer was Darius Miller who scored 14, along with 10 from Tyreke Evans in a day where they missed star Anthony Davis who was out with Back Spasms.