Randle scores 22, Pelicans beat Suns 130-116

FILE – New Orleans Pelicans’ Julius Randle reacts after scoring against the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

PHOENIX (AP) — Julius Randle scored 16 of his 22 points in the third quarter, leading the New Orleans Pelicans to a 130-116 win over the Phoenix Suns on Friday night.

Jrue Holiday scored 21 points, E’Twaun Moore added 20 and Anthony Davis, on a team-imposed playing-time restriction, had 17 points and eight rebounds in 21 minutes. The Pelicans snapped a two-game skid.

Devin Booker scored 26 points, Kelly Oubre add 17 and Deandre Ayton 16 as the Suns lost their first game after ending a 17-game skid.

The Pelicans took control in the third quarter and led for all but 1:13 of the second half. Booker hit a three-pointer with 2:18 remaining as Phoenix closed within 119-112, but the Pelicans scored the next eight points.

The Suns led by as many as 11 in the first quarter. The Pelicans cut the lead to two, 34-32, but Phoenix hit four three-pointers in the first five minutes of the second quarter — two each for De’Anthony Melton and Daniels off the bench — to take a 48-38 lead.

Moore made a triple that cut the Suns’ lead to 54-53 with 1:15 left in the first half, but Phoenix carried a 57-56 lead into halftime.

Davis scored 15 points on 6-of-7 shooting in 13 minutes of the first half.

The Pelicans took their first lead of the game 42 seconds into the second half, 58-57, when Davis hit an 11-foot jumper. They went on an 11-0 run early in the third quarter and took a 77-66 lead.

The Suns trailed by as many as 12 in the third, before Booker scored a vicious one-handed dunk over Davis that got the fans out of their seats and made it 80-74.

Davis left the game for good with 3:29 left in the quarter, and the Pelicans rebuilt their lead. Holiday’s three-pointer with 1:32 left made it 92-81 for New Orleans.


Pelicans: Davis heard boos from the Phoenix crowd when at the foul line in the second quarter. He requested a trade in late January, but was not dealt. … Former Phoenix player Elfrid Payton had eight points and 10 assists. … The Pelicans made 16 of 27 3-point attempts.

Suns: F Josh Jackson heard a few derisive whistles from the crowd when checking in for the first time in the first quarter. Jackson was fined by the Suns for a violation of team rules on Thursday, after reportedly missing a scheduled autograph session. He was also heckled when he missed a dunk. … F Dragan Bender made his eighth start of the season and scored eight points. … G Jamal Crawford did not play after scoring 16 points in the Suns’ previous game. He’s been held out in two of the last three games.

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