MILWAUKEE (AP) – Goran Dragic scored 30 points, including 13 in the fourth quarter despite sustaining an apparent injury to his left elbow, and the Phoenix Suns beat the Milwaukee Bucks 126-117 on Wednesday night.
Gerald Green scored 23 and Marcus Morris had 16 points off the bench for the Suns, who have won the first three games of a four-game road trip.
Dragic hit the floor hard after a late foul by Larry Sanders, but was able to stay in the game _ and keep scoring. But he was on the bench with a wrap on his left elbow in the closing minutes, and was escorted to the locker room with 52 seconds remaining.
Ersan Ilyasova scored 27 points and Brandon Knight added 24 for the Bucks, who have only one win in January.
Leading by 12 at halftime, the Suns let the Bucks back in the game during a third-quarter spurt led by Knight’s ability to draw fouls and hit free throws.
Milwaukee cut the lead to 6 before Green drained three 3-pointers in a stretch of just over two minutes _ gesturing to the crowd with three fingers on his way back down the court _ but Milwaukee hung close and went into the fourth quarter trailing 91-84.
The Bucks cut the lead to five on a fast-break slam dunk by rookie Giannis Antetokounmpo with 7:27 left in the game, but Phoenix responded with a 7-2 run. Dragic hit a 3-pointer with 4:04 left, giving the Suns a 114-102 lead, and hit two more 3-pointers to seal the game.
Sanders played for Milwaukee despite a recent illness, coming off the bench to score 14 and grab nine rebounds. Sanders also provided a highlight, scoring a soaring putback slam dunk just before halftime.
Milwaukee was without guard O.J. Mayo because of flu-like symptoms, and forward Ekpe Udoh continued to sit out with a sprained left ankle.
The Suns led by 12 at halftime, thanks to a second-quarter surge led by Dragic and Morris, who caused fits for Antetokounmpo on defense. A 25-7 run in the middle of the second quarter powered the Suns to a lead as large as 23 before the Bucks made up some ground going into the half.
Notes: Antetokounmpo was selected to play in the “rising stars challenge” during All-Star weekend. Coach Larry Drew is glad a national audience will get a chance to watch him. “It gives everybody a chance to see who he is now,” Drew said. … Green was called for a technical foul in the third quarter. … Former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver sat courtside and received a standing ovation in the fourth quarter.
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