Eric Bledsoe had 24 points, eight rebounds and eight assists as the Phoenix Suns pulled out a hard-fought 106-102 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Sunday night. The win was the Suns' fifth straight as their surprising start continues.
Bledsoe's backcourt mate, Goran Dragic, added 21 points and made all four of his threes. Channing Frye chipped in 20 points and made 5-of-7 from deep. The Suns went 13-of-27 from long range on the night.
The game was tight throughout, and it was the Suns who took a one-point lead into the fourth quarter. Phoenix never led by more than seven points in the final frame, but they also never trailed as Golden State squandered several chances to tie or take the lead down the stretch.
Portland Trail Blazers 111, Detroit Pistons 109 (OT)
Damian Lillard delivered a dagger to the hearts of the Pistons, burying a jumper with 0.1 seconds left in overtime to steal a road win:
The Blazers trailed by as many as 13 points in the fourth quarter, but they stormed back to send the game to overtime. Rodney Stuckey tied the game up in overtime before Lillard's heroics saved the day for Portland. It was truly a thrilling finish, and Coach Nick decided to break it down for for us:
Lillard finished the game with 23 points, although he shot just 6-of-21 from the field. LaMarcus Aldridge led the Blazers with 27 points and 12 rebounds.
Josh Smith had 31 points on 13-of-17 shooting for Detroit. Stuckey added 17 points off the bench.
Sacramento Kings 106, Houston Rockets 91
Rudy Gay turned in his second straight impressive effort with the Kings, scoring 26 points on 10-of-20 shooting in a victory over Houston. Gay has scored 50 points in two games with his new squad and is shooting 56.3 percent from the field in those two outings.
Kevin Love followed up a 42-point effort with a 30-point performance in a win over Memphis. Love added nine rebounds and four assists.
The Wolves got off to a fast start, running out to a 17-point lead in the second quarter. The Grizzlies fought back and got within two on multiple occasions during the fourth quarter, but they couldn't get over the hump.
After the game, Nikola Pekovic decided it was time for some photo bomb action:
Oklahoma City Thunder 101, Orlando Magic 98
Kevin Durant had 28 points and nine rebounds, and the Thunder held off a late Magic charge to win their sixth straight game. Russell Westbrook added 20 points and 12 rebounds, while Jeremy Lamb poured in 16 points off the bench.
The Thunder led by 12 points with just under two minutes to go before the Magic staged a furious rally that fell just short. Glen Davis had a chance to tie the game in the final seconds, but he missed a three-pointer.
Arron Afflalo had 25 points for Orlando. Nikola Vucevic notched a double-double with 13 points and 16 rebounds.
Denver Nuggets 102, New Orleans Pelicans 93
Denver was behind for most of the first half, but they took control of the game in the third quarter. The Nuggets led by as many as 14 points in the final frame and cruised to victory.