Bledsoe Inspires Suns Past Rockets

The Phoenix Suns have been looking for Eric Bledsoe to attack more as they try to make a late push for a basketball playoff spot.
Bledsoe answered that call Saturday night, scoring a career-high 34 points to help the Suns withstand a fourth-quarter charge by the Houston Rockets in a 117-102 victory.
The win left Phoenix 2 1/2 games out of eighth place in the Western Conference with 12 remaining.
“I told him, he’s got to be more aggressive for us if we are going to make this playoff push,” teammate Tucker said. “We need him to be aggressive on offense and defense because that pushes our team and it gets everybody else open.”
Bledsoe agreed and said he’s made a conscious effort to do it.
“At the end of the day it’s on me because I have the ball the whole game, and when I play a little passive, that’s when I get turnovers,” Bledsoe said.
“When I’m aggressive and going to the rim, I find guys and I play without thinking a lot.”
Bledsoe scored 23 by halftime and surpassed his previous career best of 33 points, set earlier this season, on a free throw with about a minute remaining.
Phoenix led by 15 early in the fourth quarter when Houston used a 14-4 run, with five points from Josh Smith, to cut it to 105-100 with 5 minutes left. The Suns missed seven shots and turned it over three times as their big lead dwindled.
Neither team had scored for about 2 1/2 minutes when Tucker made a 3-pointer, starting a 12-0 spurt by the Suns that pushed their lead to 117-100 and secured the victory.
Donatas Motiejunas had 18 points for Houston, and James Harden added 16 after scoring a career-high 50 in Thursday’s win over Denver.

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