Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - The Phoenix Suns haven't had great success at
the start of this season, but proved once again they can never be counted out
of a game.
Goran Dragic scored 16 of his 20 points in the second half and overtime as the
Suns overcame a 19-point third-quarter deficit to rally for a thrilling
111-108 victory over the New Orleans Hornets at U.S. Airways Center.
Phoenix trailed 74-55 just past the midway point of the third quarter, then
dominated the next 12 minutes to build an 11-point lead, only to squander it
as the Hornets forced overtime with an 18-7 tear capped by Greivis Vasquez's
game-tying 3-pointer with 17.8 seconds left in regulation.
New Orleans ran out of gas in the extra session, however, failing to score
until the final minute in its second straight outing without No. 1 overall
pick Anthony Davis.
Phoenix, on the other hand, has made a habit out of closing strong. The Suns
have been down by double digits in seven of their eight home games this
season, and have prevailed in four of those tests.
Markieff Morris established a career-high with 23 points and knocked down a
back-breaking 3-pointer with 49.9 remaining in overtime to help Phoenix notch
its second consecutive victory, with P.J. Tucker also setting a personal best
with 15 points off the bench.
The Hornets were dealt their sixth consecutive defeat despite career
performances from Vasquez and Ryan Anderson.
Anderson poured in 34 points while knocking down 8-of-13 shots from beyond the
arc, with Vasquez racking up 25 points and 14 assists.
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