Bledsoe lifts Suns over Blazers
PORTLAND — Same team, consecutive nights, similar outcome: Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight led the Phoenix Suns to a victory over the Portland Trail Blazers again.
Bledsoe and Knight combined for 60 points and Phoenix beat the Blazers 101-90 on Saturday night.
The night before in Phoenix, the duo combined for 40 points and the Suns prevailed 110-92 over the Blazers
"It's tough to beat any team twice," said Bledsoe, who was one shy of his career high with 33 points on Saturday.
Damian Lillard, the lone Portland starter left over from last season, had 23 points for the Blazers, who are still getting accustomed to all the new faces.
CJ McCollum, who had a career-high 37 points in Portland's season-opening victory against New Orleans last Wednesday, had 16 against the Suns in Phoenix then 15 at home.
Tyson Chandler, signed by the Suns in the offseason, had 15 points and 13 rebounds in the win on Friday, but had five points and 11 rebounds in Portland.
Meyers Leonard's consecutive jumpers gave Portland a 79-78 lead in the fourth quarter but Bledsoe answered with a jumper.
Knight banked a layup to put Phoenix ahead 88-81 with 4:20 left and Portland could not catch up. He finished with 27 points.
"When you have two guys who can penetrate and shoot and make the right play, it is going to work fine," Knight said of the chemistry with Bledsoe. But, he added: "It's about all of us, really, meshing and jelling and finding the right way to play together."
The game was contentious at the start, when Mason Plumlee and Chandler started pushing and exchanged words. Both players were given technical fouls.
The Suns led for much of the first half. Portland briefly took a 32-30 lead in the second quarter on Alan Crabbe's 3-pointer, but it was short-lived.
Markieff Morris hit a 3-pointer that gave the Suns a 54-43 lead in the midst of a 14-5 run to end the first half. Al-Farouq Aminu made a 3-pointer for the Blazers to close within 56-48.
"We haven't been playing together that long, especially in real game situations," Lillard said. "It's just going to take time and experience in situations for us to be able to execute and do the things necessary to win the game down the stretch."
WARRIORS 134, PELICANS 120: At New Orleans, Stephen Curry scored 53 points, taking over the game with a 28-point third quarter, and unbeaten Golden State defeated winless New Orleans to ruin the Pelicans' home opener.
Curry outscored the Pelicans by two points in the third period, giving the reigning NBA MVP a career-high for scoring in a quarter. It gave the Warriors a 105-91 lead.
Curry wound up shooting 17 of 27 from the field, including 8 of 14 from 3-point range, to go with nine assists and four steals.
Draymond Green scored 21 points and Klay Thompson added 19 for defending champion Golden State. Anthony Davis had 26 points, 15 rebounds and two blocks for the injury-depleted Pelicans.
KNICKS 117, WIZARDS 110: At Washington, Carmelo Anthony scored 37 points and New York spoiled Washington's home opener.
Anthony hit a jumper with 1:35 to play to give New York a 108-106 lead. Langston Galloway added a 3-pointer with 1:03 left to make it 111-106.
Bradley Beal had 22 of his 26 points in the second half for Washington, while John Wall added 25.
GRIZZLIES 101, NETS 91: At Memphis, Tenn., Mike Conley scored 22 points, including 10 straight in the fourth quarter, and had eight assists to lead Memphis.
Conley, who was 7 of 12 from the field, scored his 10 straight points to hold off the Nets who were trying to rally from a double-digit fourth-quarter deficit.
Zach Randolph and Courtney Lee scored 15 points each for Memphis with Randolph grabbing 13 rebounds. Bojan Bogdanovic scored 19 points for the Nets (0-3).
JAZZ 97, PACERS 76: At Indianapolis, Derrick Favors scored 18 points and Utah outscored Indiana by 28 in the second half.
The Pacers led for almost the entire first half, but tables turned in the third quarter when Utah outscored Indiana 28-12 after trailing by seven at halftime. The Jazz (2-1) led by nine points at the end of the third quarter and by as many as 21 in the fourth quarter.
George Hill scored 17 points and Paul George added 16 for Indiana (0-3). Rodney Hood had 17 points for Utah.
CLIPPERS 114, KINGS 109: At Los Angeles, Blake Griffin had 37 points, nine rebounds and six assists to lead the Clippers.
J.J. Redick added 23 points and Chris Paul had 17 points and 11 assists for the Clippers, who won their fifth straight and 18th in the last 21 meetings with the Kings. The streak includes a 111-104 win at Sacramento last Wednesday in the season opener for both clubs.
DeAndre Jordan had 15 points and 18 rebounds for the Clippers, who are off to their first 3-0 start since winning their first four games in 2007-08.
Rajon Rondo had 21 points and eight assists and Rudy Gay added 20 points for the Kings, while DeMarcus Cousins had 13 points and nine rebounds, but was limited to 15 minutes because of a sore right Achilles.