Bledsoe gets triple-double, Suns beat Mavericks 124-115
PHOENIX (AP) -- Eric Bledsoe got his second career triple-double and Phoenix won its fourth in a row, beating the Dallas Mavericks 124-115 on Tuesday night in the Suns' highest-scoring game of the season.
Bledsoe had 16 points and 11 assists, then grabbed his 10th rebound away from teammate Goran Dragic with 31 seconds to play. His first career triple-double came less than three weeks ago on Dec. 8 against the Clippers in Los Angeles.
Dragic scored 25 and Gerald Green 22 for the Suns, coming off a 3-0 trip to the East. Alex Len added 17, two shy of his career high.
Dirk Nowitzki and Tyson Chandler scored 22 apiece for the Mavericks, losers at home to Atlanta the previous night.
Rajon Rondo had 13 points, eight assists, six rebounds and five turnovers before fouling out with 1:37 to play in his third game since coming to Dallas from Boston.
It's only the second time this season that Dallas has lost two in a row, while the Suns matched their season-high winning streak.
After shooting 4 of 19 on 3-pointers in the first half, Phoenix was 9 of 14 in the second.
Dallas committed a season-high 20 turnovers, resulting in 28 Phoenix points. Ten of the turnovers came in the second quarter, when the Suns took control for good.
Phoenix trailed 39-30 before outscoring the Mavericks 23-6 over the last 6 minutes of the first half to lead 53-45 at the break.
Dragic scored 12 of his 16 first-half points in the second quarter.
The Mavericks cut it to 56-52 early in the third quarter, but the Suns responded with a 16-4 run to go up 72-56 on Len's three-point play with 6:26 left in the period. Phoenix stretched it to 87-68 when Miles Plumlee made a pair of free throws with 1:08 left in the third.
The Suns led 89-74 entering the fourth. Dallas never got it to single digits until the final 1:41.
Mavericks: Dallas is 5-2 in the second game of back-to-backs, 4-1 on the road. ... Monta Ellis missed six of his first seven shots and finished 5 of 17 ... Coach Rick Carlisle drew a technical for complaining about a foul call against Rondo midway through the third quarter. ... Nowitzki is five points shy of tying Elvin Hayes for eighth on the NBA career scoring list.
Suns: The Suns had their first home sellout of the season (18,055). ... Phoenix had lost three in a row at home. ... The Suns missed 11 shots in a row during a stretch in the first quarter.
Mavericks: Host the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday.
Suns: At Sacramento on Friday.