Suns sharp at home
By JONATHAN DALTON
Associated Press | November 11,2013
PHOENIX — 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.
Wizards 105 OT
OKLAHOMA CITY — Kevin Durant scored 33 points, including a tying 3 late in regulation and the go-ahead foul shots in overtime that sent the Oklahoma City Thunder past the Washington Wizards 106-105 on Sunday night.
John Wall missed a driving layup attempt at the buzzer for Washington, which was seeking its third straight win. Bradley Beal scored a career-high 34 points for the Wizards.
Oklahoma City trailed 92-82 with 3:26 left with the fourth quarter, but went on a 14-4 run. Durant capped the burst with a straightaway 3-pointer with 13.6 seconds left.
Beal missed a running 12-footer at the buzzer while being closely guarded by Serge Ibaka.
In overtime, Durant blocked a shot by Wall and streaked toward the other basket. He made both free throws for a 106-105 lead with 40.7 seconds left.
Washington’s Martell Webster missed a 3-point attempt and Reggie Jackson rebounded for the Thunder. Jackson eventually drove the lane and passed to Jeremy Lamb, who missed a 3-point attempt with 4 seconds left, giving the Wizards a final chance.
Wall inbounded to Marcin Gortat, who tossed the ball back to him. Wall drove to the basket, but two Thunder defenders forced him to take an awkward shot.
Beal kept the Wizards ahead early by shooting 6-for-8 on 3-pointers.
Ibaka had 25 points and 12 rebounds for the Thunder, which overcame a 12-point fourth-quarter deficit for the first time since the franchise moved to Oklahoma City.
Oklahoma City overcame a 4-of-16 shooting performance by All-Star guard Russell Westbrook, who scored 13 points.
Westbrook and Washington’s Nene were involved in an altercation with 3:19 left. Westbrook was called for a charging foul for running over Al Harrington.
Nene shoved Westbrook while attempting to help up Harrington, and the Thunder star pushed back. A double technical was called — the second of the game on Westbrook and Nene — and both players were ejected.
Washington led for most of the second half. The Wizards were up 83-71 after a dunk by Webster with 8:03 left. But they scored only two baskets in the final three minutes, allowing Oklahoma City back in the game.