ERIC Bledsoe and Jared Dudley sparked a late game rally to help the Phoenix Suns turn back the Detroit Pistons, 107-100, on Wednesday (Thursday, Manila time) at the Talking Stick Resort Arena.
Bledsoe scored eight of his 14 fourth quarter points and Dudley added five markers as the Suns clawed back from a six-point deficit, 83-89, with 8:40 left. Bledsoe scored on three straight baskets in a 7-1 run that tied the game at 90-all. Then Dudley had a big assist to an Alex Len slam and a three-pointer to put the Suns ahead for good, 99-93, at the 3:45 mark.
The Pistons had a hot start, leading by as much as 11 in the first quarter. But Dudley led a 16-4 run in the second frame to give the Suns a 54-51 lead at the break.
Detroit went on a 14-0 run bridging the third and fourth quarters to regain the advantage until Phoenix mounted a successful comeback. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who finished with a season-high 27 points and sank 5-of-10 triples, missed on a potential game-tying three with 1:35 to seal the Pistons’ fourth straight road loss.
Bledsoe ended up with 21 points to lead the Suns to a 3-6 card. Dudley added his season-high 19 off the bench while Alex Len had a double-double of 16 points and 14 rebounds. Phoenix top scorer Devin Booker was limited to 11 markers on 3-of-9 shooting.
Andre Drummond scored 18 and hauled 14 rebounds while Marcus Morris chipped in 16 points in a losing cause for Detroit.