Qualify what the Suns have achieved beyond expectations this season all you want.

Maybe those quality close losses were just losses in the end. Maybe most of their wins were against losing teams. And maybe they had a stinker at home against Sacramento.

But that team that was supposed to be the worst team in the Western Conference has hit the holiday season with a winning record after putting as big of a 36-point turnaround on the league’s hottest team. Once trailing by 16 on Wednesday night at US Airways Center, the Suns led by as much as 20 before closing out a 120-106 victory that ended Portland’s 11-game winning streak.

“We were down 16?” Suns point guard Goran Dragic asked.

The Suns’ heads might have been too far down in the early-going to know how bad the scoreboard looked. They trailed 39-23 in the second quarter with their point total moving as slowly as their legs.

With Grant Hill sitting courtside with Suns Managing Partner Robert Sarver, his former Suns teammates put their heads down in a different way to carry the team. Dragic and Channing Frye put on a show for him in the Suns’ best win and most offensively productive game of the season.

Dragic posted his fifth career 30-point game, all coming in Phoenix, and second in eight days.

“Goran has just been on a tear and when he is feeling it like that, you just give it to him and get the hell out of the way,” Frye said.

Dragic finished with 31 points but still continued a great playmaking streak with 10 assists while Eric Bledsoe sat out for a sixth consecutive game with a bruised shin that had a negative MRI exam Wednesday afternoon. He looks comfortable in control of the offense rather than figuring out how to share playmaker duties with Bledsoe.

“I like my old role,” Dragic said. “All my life, I played the point guard. It’s a learning process to play position two but all the good teams have to do that. They have to adjust.”

Dragic remains eager to carry out that plan too, telling Bledsoe after the game, “Let’s get this started.”

Dragic helped feed Frye’s 25 point game too with their chemistry that goes back to 2009 with Hill. The pair scored 15 consecutive points in the second quarter to cut the Blazers’ lead down to four and spark a 40-point quarter that had the Suns (8-7) leading by halftime.

“I’ve seen him explode him to a secondary player in Houston to arguably one of the top 10 point guards in the league,” Suns teammate and former Houston teammate Marcus Morris said of Dragic.