ATLANTA — Phoenix blitzed the Atlanta Hawks early from the three-point stripe. Then, the Suns finished it off from long range.
Eric Bledsoe scored 20 points as Phoenix won its fourth in a row, beating the Atlanta Hawks 102-95 on Monday night to pull even with Dallas for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Phoenix (42-29) sank 12 of 24 threes, including back-to-back treys to clinch it. Bledsoe made all three of his attempts, while ex-UA Wildcat Channing Frye was 4 of 9 outside the arc for 18 points.
“If you defend like that, then we can run, we hit threes, and it’s much easier to play,” said the Suns’ Goran Dragic, with 19 points.
Spurs 113, 76ers 91: In San Antonio, Austin Daye had 22 points and Tim Duncan added 19 as the Spurs won their 14th straight and sent Philadelphia to its 25th consecutive loss. The Sixters (15-56) will face Houston on Thursday, a loss shy of tying the NBA record for consecutive losses set by Cleveland in 2010-11.
Heat 93, Trail Blazers 91: In Miami, LeBron James scored 32 points, including a layup with 11.4 seconds left, and Chris Bosh capped his 30th birthday by blocking Damian Lillard’s layup in the final moments as Miami escaped with a win.
Rockets 100, Bobcats 80: In Charlotte, N.C., James Harden scored 31 points, Dwight Howard had 10 points and 10 rebounds after missing three games with an ankle injury.
Bulls 89, Pacers 77: In Chicago, Taj Gibson led five players in double figures with 23 points and the Bulls overcame a poor first half to rally past Indiana.
Thunder 117, Nuggets 96: In Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant had 27 points and eight assists, and Caron Butler scored 23 as the Thunder beat Denver.
Grizzlies 109, Timberwolves 92: In Memphis, Tenn., Mike Conley had 23 points and six assists as the Grizzlies built an early lead to dispatch Minnesota.
Pelicans 109, Nets 104, OT: In New Orleans, Tyreke Evans scored a season-high 33 points, and the Pelicans rallied from 22 down in the third quarter, to beat Brooklyn.
Pistons 114, Jazz 94: In Salt Lake City, Andre Drummond had 19 points and 14 rebounds, and Detroit shot a season-best 55 percent to blow by Utah.
Clippers 106, Bucks 98: In Los Angeles, Blake Griffin had 27 points and 14 rebounds, and the Clippers made it consecutive 50-win seasons with a lackluster win over Milwaukee.
Former SMU and NBA basketball player Quinton Ross, 32, eased the fears of friends and family on Facebook after he was erroneously reported dead by the New York Post. The paper identified him as a man found dead on a beach, but later corrected the story.