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.