The Suns won Saturday night’s game in the off-season.

Phoenix and Milwaukee were two teams supposedly headed for nowhere this season and flipped their rosters in hopes of being on the right path.

Each team had the fewest number of returnees from the previous season. The Bucks got a makeover that is easily wiped away. The Suns had reconstructive roster surgery, resulting in a look that emphasized the difference between their status as Western Conference contender and the Bucks’ NBA-worst record.

The Suns average 36 points from their usual starting backcourt but showed off their depth and balance in a 116-100 victory over the Bucks that did not include a point from Suns guards Eric Bledsoe or Goran Dragic until 51 seconds before halftime. Bledsoe missed a second consecutive game for a knee sprain that will sideline him all of this week and Dragic turned playmaker and did not make a shot until he drove in the first half’s final minute for the Suns’ 60th point.

Phoenix (20-12) did not needs its top scorers to still look like a top offense. The Suns tore out to an 18-9 lead, allowed Milwaukee (7-26) to tie the score at 28 while they figured out the zone defense and then pulled away for good with five second-quarter 3-pointers.

“I tried to get everyone involved at first because we need everyone to play,” Dragic said.

Last year’s Milwaukee visit marked the end of a 24-game home winning streak against the Bucks and the end of Alvin Gentry’s Suns coach career. This one sends the Suns off on their longest road trip of the season (five games in seven nights) on a good note.

The Suns led by as much as 23 but still wound up with a second-half challenge, mostly because they could not stop Bucks point guard Brandon Knight (25 points, 7 assists). Milwaukee got as close as seven (91-84) in the fourth quarter but four consecutive Markieff Morris baskets and Gerald Green’s fourth 3 pulled the Suns away.

Green led the Suns with 24 points as he started for an injured guard for the 14th time in 32 games. This time, his off-ball defense helped more than his on-ball defense (against Knight). Green had a career-high five steals, including four that set up his own high-flying dunks. His previous career high for steals (four) came in Thursday night’s loss to Memphis.