By sinking the Suns' 10th 3-pointer of the game, Channing Frye had brought bench players Marcus and Markieff Morris and Dionte Christmas to their feet. Seconds later, Goran Dragic's drive drew a double team and he kicked to Frye, who swung the ball to Eric Bledsoe for another 3 and the rest of the Suns bench was standing in celebration too. When Washington came downcourt, it looked like five-on-13 and it must have felt like it too amid a Suns scoring tsunami that continued when Bledsoe stole Trevor Ariza's pass and raced upcourt to give college buddy John Wall a ball-fake pass and fabulous, full-speed fastbreak reverse. The wave continued in the middle of the third quarter for a 25-point lead, the Suns' largest since the Dec.30 game in which Bledsoe hurt his knee. That bulk was appreciated later. After rallying from 20-plus deficits for three road wins this season, the Suns found the other end to be more advantageous when their lead disintegrated to three and they held on for a 99-93 victory at Verizon Center. The Suns relaxed and settled offensively, were too sloppy and got beat at their own transition game. More importantly, the Suns (43-29) won on the last day of a three-game trip against playoff-bound Washington (36-35) to extend their winning streak to five games and return to playoff position in the Western Conference standings. It left the man who was traded to make the Suns' prospects look dimmest sound envious. "These guys are hungry," Washington center Marcin Gortat said. "They bring it every night. They compete every night. They know what they are playing for. They have character, a lot of will to win the game." The Suns have committed at least 18 turnovers in each of their past three wins but they have also made at least 12 3s in each win, connecting at 48.1 percent clip that devastates defenses. They caught fire with Gerald Green's 12-point second quarter and outscored Washington 33-9 over a 101/2-minute stretch that bridged halftime, taking a one-point lead to 25 with Bledsoe scoring 10 points in a three-minute stretch.
Dragic, Bledsoe help Suns top Wizards, 99-93
Arizona Republic | Mar 27