Dragic, Bledsoe lead Suns to 4th straight victory
PHOENIX (AP) - Goran Dragic scored 29 points, fellow guard Eric Bledsoe had a career-high 28 and the Phoenix Suns extended their season-high winning streak to four games by beating the Sacramento Kings 116-107 on Friday night.
The Suns' Miles Plumlee had two crucial blocks of DeMarcus Cousins' shots and had four emphatic fourth-quarter dunks for 12 points.
Isaiah Thomas scored 29 for Sacramento. Rudy Gay added 22 in his first game for the Kings since being acquired this week in a trade with Toronto. Cousins had 15 points and 15 rebounds but shot just 5 of 15.
It was a testy night for the officials, who called five technical fouls.
Phoenix took the lead for good with a 14-0 third-quarter run that started after Plumlee chased down Cousins from behind on a fast break and blocked the layup try hard off the glass. Dragic's 3-pointer punctuated the outburst and Phoenix led 77-65 with 6:13 to play in the third quarter. Dragic and Bledsoe scored five apiece in the run.
But the Kings responded with a 12-4 spurt and, after Thomas' driving layup with 2 seconds to play, trailed 85-82 entering the fourth quarter.
Sacramento never got closer than that again. Gerald Green and Channing Frye sank 3s, then Plumlee blocked Cousins again, leading to Bledsoe's layup that boosted it to 101-91 with 6:43 remaining. The Kings cut it to 105-101 on Thomas' driving layup with 3:11 to go, but Bledsoe hit a 3-pointer, P.J. Tucker scored inside, then Plumlee's final big dunk made it 112-103 with 1:29 to play.
The Suns shot out to a 13-2 lead but the Kings erased that and then some, outscoring Phoenix 24-4 at the end of the first quarter and start of the second. Marcus Thornton sank a 3-pointer, then Derrick Williams converted a Suns turnover into a layup to cap the outburst, giving Sacramento a 39-28 lead with 10:30 left in the half.
The Kings led by as many as 11 before a 14-3 Suns spurt put Phoenix ahead 49-47 on Dragic's two free throws with 4:07 to go in the second quarter. Sacramento ran off nine consecutive points to go up 58-49 on Thomas' third 3-pointer of the night 1:43 before the break.
Frye's 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds to play cut Sacramento's lead to 61-58 at the half.
Dragic scored 21 and Thomas 19 in the first half.
Notes: Bledsoe's previous career high was 27 last Feb. 6 for the Los Angeles Clippers at Orlando. ... Dragic just missed getting the first consecutive 30-point games of his career. He has three 30-point games this season after previously getting three in his entire career.... Technicals were called against Tucker, coach Jeff Hornacek and Marcus Morris of the Suns, and Jason Thompson and Cousins of the Kings. ... Gay, who started in place of Williams, has reached double figures in 18 of 19 games this season.
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