Recap: Suns 97, Rockets 88
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[December 05, 2013]
HOUSTON -- Suns 97, Rockets 88: Eric Bledsoe had 20
points and seven assists as visiting Phoenix used a 13-0 fourth-quarter
run to subdue Houston.
Bledsoe had his best showing since returning from a shin
contusion, connecting on 3-of-4 3-point attempts while shooting
7-of-14 from the field. Goran Dragic had 19 points and P.J. Tucker
added 18 as Phoenix halted a two-game skid.
Aaron Brooks had 17 points off the bench to lead the Rockets, who
were held under 90 points for the first time since last April.
Dwight Howard had 15 points and 18 rebounds while Omri Casspi and
James Harden added 14 points each.
Houston committed 12 first-half turnovers which the Suns converted
into 17 points en route to to a 51-40 lead at the half. The Rockets
trimmed the deficit to four points on Patrick Beverley's 3-pointer
with 6:50 remaining in the third, but Dragic responded from beyond
the arc at the end of the shot clock on Phoenix's next possession
and the Suns closed on a 10-0 run fueled by a Channing Frye
3-pointer to lead 73-61 entering the fourth.
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Houston closed the gap immediately, as a short
Brooks floater highlighted a quarter-opening 10-0 run. Phoenix
promptly responded with the game-deciding run, knocking down
five straight shots before Marcus Morris drilled a 3-pointer
with 3:06 remaining to ice it.
GAME NOTEBOOK: The Rockets, who came into the night tied with
the Philadelphia 76ers for the most turnovers per game in the
NBA (18.1), finished with 23 versus the Suns. ... Harden shot
just 3-of-17 while missing all 10 of his 3-point attempts. ...
Tucker and Dragic each finished with four steals.