PHOENIX -- Goran Dragic scored 40 points, his second career high in three games, and the Phoenix Suns pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the New Orleans Pelicans 116-104 Friday night, snapping a three-game losing streak. Josh Reddick Astros Jersey . Dragic was a game-time decision because of a sore right ankle that had kept him out of Wednesdays loss at Utah, but played all but the last 10 seconds of the second half in the first 40-point game for a Phoenix player since Amare Stoudemires 44 on March 19, 2010. Anthony Davis, also a game-time decision because of a sprained left shoulder, matched his career high with 32 points for the Pelicans, who lost their sixth in a row. Markieff Morris added 18 points and twin brother Marcus 15 for Phoenix. Eric Gordon scored 21 for New Orleans. Dragic, who had expressed some doubt after the morning shootaround that he would be able to play, had a career-best 36 in the Suns loss to Houston on Sunday. He hurt his ankle in the home loss to Minnesota on Tuesday. He had 15 points in the first quarter and 13 in the fourth, surpassing 30 points in a game for the eighth time this season. Phoenix took control with a 17-1 fourth-quarter run. Dragic banked in a 3-pointer from the top of the key, then sank an 18-footer to cap the outburst and put the Suns ahead 105-92 with 4:33 left. Phoenix looked to be in trouble late in the third quarter. The Pelicans used a 15-1 run to go up 77-67 on Austin Rivers two free throws with 2:59 left in the period. But Phoenix outscored the Pelicans 14-4 the rest of the quarter. Marcus Morris scored the first seven in the run, Dragic sank a 3, then made a driving layup to tie it at 81-81 entering the fourth quarter. New Orleans took a four-point lead early in the fourth and was up 91-88 on Brian Roberts driving layup with 9:47 remaining. Phoenix, though, scored the next six. Dragic scored on a drive, then Markieff Morris made consecutive layups and the Suns led 94-91 with 8:13 left. Neither team led by more than seven points in a first half bereft of defence, with the Suns up 56-54 at the break. New Orleans shot 58 per cent in the half (22 of 38), Phoenix 56 per cent (20 of 36). In the second quarter, nobody led by more than four. Al-Farouq Aminus two free throws put the Pelicans up 50-47 with 2:14 left in the half, then the Suns scored seven straight, P.J. Tuckers 3-pointer giving Phoenix a 54-50 lead 52.9 seconds before the break. Gordons layup at the buzzer was ruled no good and the call was upheld on review, preserving Phoenixs two-point edge. NOTES: New Orleans Tyreke Evans was a late arrival after getting stuck in the hotel elevator. He arrived about an hour before the opening tip. ... The Suns Leandro Barbosa missed his fourth straight game with a sprained toe. ... Phoenix avoided matching its longest losing streak of the season at four games. ... Suns G Eric Bledsoe, coming back from knee surgery, participated in 3-on-3 drills and could resume full practice next week. ... The Pelicans longest losing streak of the season is seven games. Garrett Stubbs Jersey . The Philadelphia Eagles acquired running back Darren Sproles from the New Orleans Saints for a fifth-round draft pick on Tuesday. Aledmys Diaz Jersey . -- Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Sidney Rice tweeted an apparent goodbye after a report about his pending release.Dominic Cork says England should consider employing James Vince as their one-day captain. Vince has not played for England at senior level but has starred in the county game for Hampshire as a powerful one-day opener, cracking three tons and 13 fifties in his 80 matches. He hasn’t got any scars and there aren’t really that many senior players any more. Dominic Cork on James Vince And Sky Sports pundit Cork feels the 23-year-old would be capable of skippering his national side if current incumbent Eoin Morgan is relieved of his duties. “Are England looking at Morgan being captain in four years’ time or even two years’ time for the Champions Trophy? Or are they looking to bring in someone completely different?,” said Cork, in the wake of England’s abject World Cup exit.“The jury is out for me and I’d like to see someone who isn’t frightened of making different decisions, someone like Vince, who has captained Hampshire and England Lions.“Why not throw it to him? He hasn’t got any scars and there aren’t really that many senior players any more, when you consider Ian Bell might not be playing much one-day cricket anymore.”Peter Moores, meanwhile, has revealed his desire to stay on as England coach, despite his team failing to beat a Test-playing nation at the World Cup following Monday’s reverse to Bangladesh. Peter Moores told Nasser Hussain that hes bitterly disappointed with Englands exit from the World Cup And Cork thinks the former Lancashire chief should be given longer to stamp his imprint on the England team having returned for a second spell in charge in April 2014.“I think Moores will still be in control as [ECB Managing Director] Paul Downton has stressed that he thinks they’ve got the right man and that it was always going to be a building period to try and get these younger players more experienced,” added Cork.“You have to stick with somebody and can’t just blame the coach when we need to have a complete review of our domestic game and go with an IPL-style setup to gget the most competitive game we can in this country. Brad Lidge Astros Jersey. ”Cork, who played 32 one-day internationals for England between 1992 and 2002, also had his say on why England’s World Cup campaign turned so sour: BOWLINGWhat are England’s bowlers conceding in the first 10 overs? How many wickets are they taking? People look at averages but that isnt really important – it’s about taking wickets early, bowling yorkers not length and getting the right bowlers on at the right time, so England need to change their mentality.It’s difficult to say there is no aggression but when you need to, maybe just up that aggression – not verbally but by setting aggressive fields and letting the batsmen know that it’s going to be a barrage of short balls. That comes from the captain but it comes from the bowler as well. Dominic Cork thinks the England selectors made mistakes in selecting their top six batsmen FLEXIBILITYWe haven’t had the right batting line-up for a long time now. I am Bell fan but when you look at his stats and see he has four hundreds in 160 ODIs, it’s simply not good enough as an opening batsman, so Jos Buttler needs to come up the order, Joe Root needs to come up the order.It’s the same with the bowling. Where was James Tredwell? He is someone we’ve relied on for quite some time but suddenly he can’t get a game. England are so rigid when they look at stats and it’s a load of nonsense. Do you think Aaron Finch and Glen Maxwell think about stats?BATTING AGGRESSIONI see players in domestic cricket hitting the ball out of the park but when they get into the international arena they freeze and are frightened to express themselves. It’s not about building a sensible innings with ones and twos, it’s about getting your front leg out of the way and hitting the ball as hard as you can.You need the balance of having someone who can bat through the innings but you don’t need Bell and James Taylor doing the same thing. You need a bit of flair at the top of the order, mixed in with grit and determination, and then people who can come in late on and hit it. ' ' '
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