Page last updated on Fri May 22 12:04:35 EDT 2015
12/14/2013 12:45 AM EST
Dragic, Bledsoe lead Suns to 4th straight victory

AP Sports Writer

PHOENIX (AP) -- That dynamic double point guard backcourt of the
Phoenix Suns might have had its best game yet.

Goran Dragic scored 29 points, Eric Bledsoe had a career-high 28
and the Suns extended their season-high winning streak to four
games by beating the Sacramento Kings 116-107 on Friday night.

"Every game is better," Dragic said. "I know what he's going to
do, he knows what I'm going to do. We've got a good feeling
about each other and that's really tough for opponents."

Suns coach Jeff Hornacek called it "a great tag team."

"Both of those guys trust each other," Hornacek said. "If they
don't really have a play and the other guy is in the view, he
can get it to him and make a play."

The Suns' Miles Plumlee had two crucial blocks of DeMarcus
Cousins' shots and had four emphatic fourth-quarter dunks for 12

"I don't know if the guys in the league know if he can jump,"
Dragic said of Plumlee, "but we know."

Isaiah Thomas scored 29 for Sacramento. Rudy Gay added 22 in his
first game for the Kings since being acquired this week in a
trade with Toronto. Cousins had 15 points and 15 rebounds but
shot just 5 of 15 and wouldn't talk to reporters afterward.

It was a testy night for the officials, who called five
technical fouls.

Gay was on a losing team in Phoenix for the second time in eight
days. Toronto lost to the Suns a week earlier.

"That's the thing with trades in the middle of the season," he
said. "You have to learn on the fly."

Sacramento coach Michael Malone lamented his team's lack of

"That is two games in a row where we haven't defended anybody,"
he said. "You look at Bledsoe and Dragic, what they did to us
tonight, I am embarrassed by our defense right now. ... I can't
go out there and guard. I wish I could."

Phoenix took the lead for good with a 14-0 third-quarter run
that started after Plumlee chased down Cousins from behind on a
fast break and blocked the layup try hard off the glass.

"I know I'm really fast, I knew I could catch him," Plumlee
said. "It's just a matter of timing it up, and it worked out."

It was a play that drove the energy level in the building up a

"When a player makes a hustle play, it definitely gets the crowd
into it, and everybody else gets motivated even more," said
Bledsoe, who had eight assists. "Just for Miles to hustle back,
it means a lot to the team."

Bledsoe missed the first two games of the season against the
Kings, and Sacramento won both.

Dragic's 3-pointer punctuated the 14-0 outburst and Phoenix led
77-65 with 6:13 to play in the third quarter. Dragic and Bledsoe
scored five apiece in the run.

But the Kings responded with a 12-4 spurt and, after Thomas'
driving layup with 2 seconds to play, trailed 85-82 entering the
fourth quarter.

Sacramento never got closer than that again. Gerald Green and
Channing Frye sank 3s, then Plumlee blocked Cousins again,
leading to Bledsoe's layup that boosted it to 101-91 with 6:43
remaining. The Kings cut it to 105-101 on Thomas' driving layup
with 3:11 to go, but Bledsoe hit a 3-pointer, P.J. Tucker scored
inside, then Plumlee's final big dunk made it 112-103 with 1:29
to play.

The Kings led by as many as 11 before a 14-3 Suns spurt put
Phoenix ahead 49-47 on Dragic's two free throws with 4:07 to go
in the second quarter. Sacramento ran off nine consecutive
points to go up 58-49 on Thomas' third 3-pointer of the night
1:43 before the break.

Frye's 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds to play cut Sacramento's lead
to 61-58 at the half.

Notes: Bledsoe's previous career high was 27 last Feb. 6 for the
Los Angeles Clippers at Orlando. ... Dragic just missed getting
the first consecutive 30-point games of his career. He has three
30-point games this season after previously getting three in his
entire career.... Technicals were called against Tucker,
Hornacek and Marcus Morris of the Suns, and Jason Thompson and
Cousins of the Kings. ... Gay has reached double figures in 18
of 19 games this season.

RK Team
Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland Cavaliers
Atlanta Hawks
Atlanta Hawks
Los Angeles Dodgers
ATP - Geneva, SwitzerlandDELBONIS, FEDERICO vs. SOUSA, JOAO (POR)07:00 AM PST
WTA - Nuremberg, Germany, DoublesBOGDAN E / HRDINOVA E vs. ARRUABARRENA L / OLARU R07:00 AM PST
ATP - Geneva, Switzerland, DoublesBURY A / ISTOMIN D vs. CABAL J S / FARAH R08:20 AM PST
MLBNY Mets vs Pirates4:05 PM PST
MLBPhillies vs Nationals4:05 PM PST
MLBRangers vs NY Yankees4:05 PM PST
MLBMariners vs Blue Jays4:05 PM PST
MLBAstros vs Tigers4:05 PM PST
MLBReds vs Indians4:05 PM PST
MLBLA Angels vs Red Sox4:10 PM PST
MLBAthletics vs TB Rays4:10 PM PST
MLBOrioles vs Marlins4:10 PM PST
MLBBrewers vs Braves4:35 PM PST
NHL - PlayoffsNY Rangers at TB Lightning5:00 PM PST
MLBSF Giants vs Rockies5:10 PM PST
MLBTwins vs White Sox5:10 PM PST
MLBCardinals vs KC Royals5:10 PM PST
NBACavaliers vs Hawks5:30 PM PST
MLBCubs vs Diamondbacks6:40 PM PST
MLBSD Padres vs LA Dodgers7:10 PM PST
MLBRangers vs Yankees10:05 AM PST
MLBMariners vs Blue Jays10:05 AM PST
MLBMets vs Pirates1:05 PM PST
MLBPhillies vs Nationals1:05 PM PST
MLBAstros vs Tigers1:05 PM PST
MLBReds vs Indians1:05 PM PST
MLBBrewers vs Braves1:10 PM PST
MLBGiants vs Rockies1:10 PM PST
MLBTwins vs White Sox1:10 PM PST
MLBAthletics vs Rays1:10 PM PST
UFCM Pyle vs C Covington3:30 PM PST
UFCLeo Kuntz vs Islam Makhachev3:30 PM PST
UFCJ Sampo vs J Scoggins3:30 PM PST
MLBAngels vs Red Sox4:15 PM PST
MLBOrioles vs Marlins4:15 PM PST
MLBCardinals vs Royals4:15 PM PST
UFCZ Makovsky vs J Dodson5:00 PM PST
UFCJ Burkman vs D Hyun Kim5:00 PM PST
UFCR Natal vs U Hall5:00 PM PST
UFCN Ansaroff vs R Namajunas5:00 PM PST
NHL - PlayoffsDucks at Blackhawks5:00 PM PST
NBAWarriors vs Rockets6:00 PM PST
MLBGiants vs Rockies6:10 PM PST
UFCA Johnson vs D Cormier7:00 PM PST
UFCV Belfort vs C Weidman7:00 PM PST
UFCJ Makdessi vs D Cerrone7:00 PM PST
UFCA Arlovski vs T Browne7:00 PM PST
UFCJ Moraga vs J Benavidez7:00 PM PST
MLBCubs vs Diamondbacks7:10 PM PST
MLBPadres vs Dodgers7:10 PM PST