The Suns were in the unique position of having their defense be ahead of the offense to start the season.

It was a refreshing change, but it was still disconcerting that the full-throttle look had been stuck in low gears at times.

The Suns floored it on Tuesday night, scoring 32 points in the third quarter’s final 7:30 to take a lead that they never surrendered for a 104-98 victory over New Orleans at New Orleans Arena.

The Suns (3-1) were missing Goran Dragic, as they might be again tonight for a sprained ankle, but already have another starting point guard in the lineup. Eric Bledsoe looked like a go-to finisher again, putting the game away late with a string of drives for an assist and two baskets. He finished with 25 points and five assists while making 10 of 12 shots, the best shooting game an NBA player has had in this young season with at least 12 attempts.

“They gave me layups all night, and I was going to take every last one of them that they gave me,” Bledsoe said.

The Suns started out the game with a continuance of the sloppy play that overwhelmed their 3-point shooting at Oklahoma City. They made 25 turnovers Sunday and opened Tuesday night’s game with seven in the first quarter to trail by as many as 13 points.

They made their 13th turnover about four minutes into the third quarter while trailing 52-46 and then caught fire to make 13 of 15 shots, a stretch that included a 16-2 run and better defense.

The Suns bench, a k a “Bench Mob,” was a huge part of that with Markieff and Marcus Morris’ best night of the season. They combined for 33 points, reverting to their Kansas days as center and power forward in a small but physical lineup. The twins had only scored 25 points in the first three games.

“It’s a twin thing,” Markieff said. “We played more minutes, too. We were just aggressive. We watched the film of the first few games, and we weren’t being aggressive enough. We’re those guys who are going to need to score and bring attitude every game, and that’s what we did.”

The twins accounted for 11 of those 32 points to close the third quarter, but Gerald Green, starting for Dragic, made three 3-pointers in that stretch. For the first time in his career, Green has hit at least four 3s in consecutive games and he matched his career high from last season’s finale with six 3s on 10 attempts Tuesday night. It is the first time since the 2006-07 season that Green scored at least 18 points in consecutive games.

“I do feel like I’m in a rhythm, but this is our fourth game and I don’t want to put anything past myself,” Green said. “I haven’t done anything in this league yet, and I’m just glad that my team got our first road win of the season. We were moving the ball well in the third quarter. In the first half, we just didn’t do a good job of getting back in transition.”