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Milwaukee at Phoenix

Green scores 24, Suns defeat Bucks without Bledsoe

CBSSports.com wire reports
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PHOENIX -- Milwaukee gave one to the Phoenix Suns Thursday night in the form of a season-worst 26 turnovers.

The result was a 116-100 Phoenix victory.

After yet another loss for a Milwaukee squad with the NBA's worst record, teammates Larry Sanders and Gary Neal got into a heated, face-to-face argument in the Bucks' locker room.

The Suns, on the other hand, couldn't say enough nice things about each other.

Gerald Green had a season-best 24 points and a career-high five steals starting in place of the Suns' injured Eric Bledsoe.

"Really it was kind of easy for me," Green said. "My teammates, man, were just doing the job. They were pressuring guys, making guys throw lazy passes and I'm just able to use my athleticism to make the steal."

Channing Frye added 22 points, going 6 of 9 on 3-pointers, Goran Dragic scored 13 of his 15 in the second half and Markieff Morris added 14 for the Suns, who have won 11 of 14 but were coming off a home loss to Memphis on Thursday.

Brandon Knight had 25 points for the Bucks and O.J. Mayo scored 18 of his 20 in the second half.

The Suns had 38 points off Milwaukee turnovers. Phoenix had 11 turnovers for just seven Bucks points.

"You give them that many easy ones and it's tough to come out with a win," Mayo said. "On the road especially."

Sanders was overheard questioning Neal's attitude in the tense, loud postgame confrontation as Mayo ushered reporters out into the hallway. The locker room was opened about five minutes later, and Neal was still visibly upset as he left.

"I earn my money," he yelled back into the locker room. "You should try it some time."

Sanders, who signed a four-year, $44 million contract extension in the offseason, declined to talk about the incident.

"I just had a bad game," he said.

Mayo called the run-in "a little Kumbaya moment."

"It is team bonding," he said. "There are different ways you go about it. It is an emotional roller coaster. When things aren't going well, that is when the real men reveal their true colors. `'

The Bucks have lost 10 of 12 to drop to 7-26.

The run-in occurred after coach Larry Drew had spoken to reporters.

"It was the turnovers that really hurt us," Drew said, "and turnovers that you can't even recover from. That's the disheartening part about a game like this."

Bledsoe missed his second game in a row with a sprained right knee and is expected to be out for another week.

Green's performance included a pair of breakaway windmill dunks and four 3-pointers.

Coach Jeff Hornacek said Green had some trouble defending Knight one-on-one, but when he was playing defense off the ball, it was another story.

"They were running off screens and he did a great job of shooting the gap, getting the steals and putting the highlights up there," Hornacek said.

Phoenix led by 20 in the second quarter and 23 in the third before Milwaukee twice cut it to seven early in the final quarter.

The Suns never trailed, breaking away from a 28-28 tie with 12 consecutive points to take a 40-28 lead on Ish Smith's 21-footer.

Green's first windmill dunk, followed by his 3-pointer, gave the Suns their biggest lead of the half, 58-38, 2:13 before the break. But the Bucks ended the half with a 9-2 run to cut the lead to 60-49, Knight sinking a 3-pointer with 16.9 seconds to go.

Dragic scored nine in a 13-2 run that put Phoenix back in control, 74-53, with 7:49 left in the third quarter. But Knight scored five and Mayo sank a 3 in a 9-0 Bucks burst that sliced the lead to 87-80 on Mayo's steal and dunk with 11:26 to play. Mayo's 21-footer again made it a seven-point game at 91-84 with 8:40 to play.

Green responded with a 3, then Morris made three shots in a row, the last a fadeaway 9-footer and it was 100-84. Caron Butler's 3 cut it to 104-92, but consecutive 3s by Frye and Green's last windmill made it 112-92 3:11 from the end.

Phoenix improved to 20-12. The Suns didn't win their 20th last season until Feb. 27.

Notes

The Bucks, who have used 15 different starting lineups this season, had the same one for the third straight game. ... Phoenix leaves Monday for a five-game road trip, beginning Tuesday night in Chicago. ... Phoenix is 19-1 against Milwaukee at US Airways Center. Last season, the Bucks won to snap a 24-game losing streak in Phoenix.

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Goran Dragic scores 13 of his 15 points in the second half, and the Suns drop the Bucks to 7-26 on the year.  (USATSI)
Goran Dragic scores 13 of his 15 points in the second half, and the Suns drop the Bucks to 7-26 on the year. (USATSI)

Scoreboard
Milwaukee (7-26)26232922100
Phoenix (20-12) «28322729116
MIL:B. Knight 25 Pts
MIL:K. Middleton 8 Reb
MIL:B. Knight 8 Ast
PHO:G. Green 24 Pts
PHO:M. Plumlee 9 Reb
PHO:I. Smith 8 Ast
Players of the Game
MilwaukeePhoenix

Brandon Knight

Gerald Green
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
25482421
Milwaukee
B. Knight, PG368-128-948225
L. Sanders, C263-51-22047
L. Ridnour, PG211-40-02112
E. Ilyasova, SF216-90-140112
G. Antetokounmpo, SG140-20-03030
O. Mayo, SG317-112-235320
C. Butler, SF276-110-073216
K. Middleton, PF223-61-28027
E. Udoh, PF180-02-20012
G. Neal, SG183-82-21119
N. Wolters, PG30-00-01000
M. Raduljica, C30-00-01000
C. Delfino, SGDid Not Play
Z. Pachulia, CDid Not Play
J. Henson, PFDid Not Play
Totals 37-6816-20361820100
 54.4%80.0% 
Phoenix
C. Frye, C337-122-271322
G. Green, SG339-142-221224
G. Dragic, PG295-134-416215
P. Tucker, SF283-82-21118
M. Plumlee, C212-45-79039
M. Morris, PF303-120-05147
M. Morris, PF265-64-452414
I. Smith, PG194-100-02808
A. Goodwin, SG152-43-43027
D. Christmas, SG31-20-00002
V. Kravtsov, C30-00-01000
E. Okafor, CDid Not Play
E. Bledsoe, PGDid Not Play
A. Len, CDid Not Play
Totals 41-8522-25362021116
 48.2%88.0% 
Other Games
NO 82 Final
Ind 99
Mia 110 Final
Orl 94
Cle 82 Final
Brook 89
Atl 84 Final
Chi 91
OKC 115 Final
Min 111
LAC 92 Final
SA 116
Phi 101 Final
Port 99
Char 113 Final
Sac 103