By BOB BAUM
PHOENIX (AP) ANTHONY DAVIS scored six consecutive New Orleans points, including the go-ahead rebound basket with 40.3 seconds to play, and the Pelicans escaped with a 110-108 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Monday night.
Bledsoe scored 37 points, the last on a 3-pointer that put Phoenix ahead 108-107 with 1:12 to go. But the Suns never scored again.
Davis grabbed the rebound on Evans’ missed layup in traffic and floated in a hook. Evans made one of two free throws and New Orleans held on from there
DEVIN BOOKER added 21 points for the Suns.
New Orleans won the exceedingly close season series 3-1. Two games were one-pointers in overtime, the other a five-point Pelicans win.
There were 15 lead changes in the first half, the last when Phoenix erased a 44-42 deficit with a 14-0 run to lead 56-44 with 2:58 left in the first half. The outburst featured one of the Suns’ best plays of the night when Bledsoe grabbed an offensive rebound and flipped a behind-the-back pass to Booker, who sank a 3 from the corner.
New Orleans outscored Phoenix 9-2 over the final 2:40 of the half, a spurt capped by LANGSTON GALLOWAY‘s 3-pointer with 7.3 seconds left to cut the Suns’ lead to 58-53 at the break.
The Pelicans opened the second half with a 10-2 spurt, making it a 19-4 run, to take a 63-60 lead on BUDDY HIELD‘s 3-pointer with 9:16 left in the third.
Phoenix led 89-82 early in the fourth but New Orleans promptly tied it with a 7-0 run. Neither team led by more than three after that.
Pelicans: TERRENCE JONES missed his third straight game with a sprained right thumb. … Holiday has scored in double figures in 15 straight games. … New Orleans improved to 4-6 in the second of back-to-back games this season.
Suns: Bledsoe had his 12th 30-point game of the season, second against New Orleans. … Bledsoe and Booker had four fouls apiece through three quarters. … Tucker got a steal for the 17th consecutive game. … ALEX LEN had 10 points and five rebounds in 7 1/2 minutes in the first half but was scoreless in 12 minutes during the second half. … After averaging 19 points in the first three games of the season series, T.J. WARREN was scoreless and took only three shots in 25 1/2 minutes.
Pelicans: New Orleans completes its pre-All-Star Game road trip at Memphis on Wednesday night.
Suns: Phoenix is home against the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night.