Bledsoe, Dudley lead Suns past Pistons

Detroit Pistons, Ish Smith
Detroit Pistons guard Ish Smith (14) drives past Phoenix Suns guard John Jenkins during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, in Phoenix.

PHOENIX (AP) — Eric Bledsoe scored 14 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter, helping the Phoenix Suns rally for a 107-100 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.

Bledsoe added 11 rebounds and eight assists for the Suns (3-6), who got a season-high 19 points off the bench from Jared Dudley. Alex Len added 16 points and 14 rebounds.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led the Pistons (4-4) with a season-high 27 points, making 5 of 10 3-point attempts, but he missed a potential tying 3 with 1:35 to play and the Suns up 99-96. Andre Drummond added 18 points and 14 rebounds.

The Pistons went on a 14-0 run between the end of the third quarter and early in the fourth to take an 87-81 lead. Former Sun Jon Leuer scored six of the points and finished with 11 points and nine rebounds.

Phoenix went back ahead 92-90 when Dudley fed Len for a dunk with 5:02 to play. Dudley’s fourth 3 of the game made it 99-93.

The Pistons led by as many as 11 points in the first quarter and 28-19 going into the second. Caldwell-Pope scored nine points in the first.

The Suns made only 6 of 22 shots in the first quarter.

Phoenix rallied in the second quarter, going on a 16-4 run with Dudley leading the way. He knocked down three 3s as part of his 15 points in the quarter and gave the Suns a 49-47 lead with 3:17 left.

Suns leading scorer Devin Booker didn’t make his first field goal until early in the third quarter, but his three-point play with 6:15 to go gave the Suns a 66-60 lead.

Booker had scored 100 points in his previous three games. He had 11 on Wednesday.

Len had seven points in the third quarter, two on a power move inside to give the Suns a 78-69 lead at the 1:02 mark. But Caldwell-Pope hit a 26-footer at the third-quarter buzzer to cut the Suns’ lead to 81-76.

TIP-INS

Pistons: G Reggie Jackson remained out with a left knee injury … F Marcus Morris, a former Sun, was roundly booed when introduced as a starter and when he touched the ball. He did have the dunk of the night in the second quarter when he flew in for a one-handed slam.

Suns: C Tyson Chandler remained away from the team for the second straight game due to the death of his mother.

VAN GUNDY RIPS TRUMP

Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy went on a near 6-minute rant about the election of Donald Trump before Wednesday’s game. “I don’t think anybody can deny this guy is openly and brazenly racist and misogynist and ethnocentric, and say that’s OK, we’re going to vote for him anyway,” Van Gundy told reporters. “We have just thrown a good part of our population under the bus.”

Van Gundy said what the country has done to women and minorities in electing Trump is “despicable,” and that he’d never been ashamed of the United States until Wednesday.

LOVE FOR BOOKER

Van Gundy said a case can be made that Booker is the best player in his draft class at present. “He doesn’t have a lot of holes in his offensive game at all,” Van Gundy said.

UP NEXT

Pistons: At San Antonio on Friday night.

Suns: Host Brooklyn on Saturday night.