Portland Trail Blazers vs. Phoenix Suns: Live Score, Highlights and Reaction – Bleacher Report
Eric Bledsoe scored a career-high 33 points, Isaiah Thomas added 27 off the bench and the Phoenix Suns outlasted the short-handed Portland Trail Blazers, 118-113, for their fourth straight win in a thriller at the US Airways Center Wednesday night.
The Blazers were without LaMarcus Aldridge (thumb), Robin Lopez (hand) and Joel Freeland (shoulder).
The Suns blew a 25-point lead in this one. Up 58-33 in the second quarter, Phoenix looked to be in full control. Jeff Hornacek’s run utilized a 32-4 run between the first and second periods to gain the edge, but Portland chipped away, and by halftime, the score was 66-52.
The Suns then went back up by 18 in the third to re-assume dominance, but the Blazers would not give in.
In a tooth-and-nail affair in the fourth quarter, Nicolas Batum, who scored a season-high 27 points, drained a three-pointer with just under four minutes left to give Portland a 105-102 edge.
Batum would later sink his sixth and final triple to put the Blazers up 110-105, but Phoenix responded with a quick 6-0 run to regain the lead.
With 15.2 seconds remaining and the Suns up 114-112, Goran Dragic committed an inexcusable foul on Batum, putting the Portland wing on the line. However, Batum split the pair of free throws, and Bledsoe made two foul shots to give Phoenix a 116-113 advantage.
The Blazers would have one more chance with 10.9 seconds remaining, but Steve Blake made an errant inbounds pass that Damian Lillard caught out of bounds. The Suns took possession, and Bledsoe sunk two more free throws to seal it.
Lillard and Wesley Matthews both scored 22 for Portland, which shot 45 percent from the floor as a team.
Phoenix hit on 51 percent of it shots. It has now won seven straight home meetings with the Blazers.