Suns 121, Pelicans 100: Former University of Kentucky guard Archie Goodwin scored 24 points and Mizra Teletovic added 22 to lead Phoenix past New Orleans in a matchup of lottery-bound teams Saturday night. The victory was the second straight for Phoenix (22-58), which snapped a seven-game losing streak on Thursday with a 124-115 win at Houston.
Devin Booker, the Suns’ first-round pick out of UK, scored 16 points. That included the 1,000th of his rookie season. At 19 years and 162 days old, Booker was the fourth youngest player to reach 1,000 behind LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant. Carmelo Anthony and Dwight Howard also reached the 1,000 point mark as teens.
Toney Douglas had 23 points to lead New Orleans (30-50), which suffered its largest margin of defeat at home this season.
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The Suns never trailed Saturday, taking the lead for good early in the second quarter on a jumper by Teletovic after New Orleans had gone on a 10-0 run to start the second half to tie it at 42.
Leading 55-47 at halftime, the Suns outscored the Pelicans 10-2 to start the third quarter and New Orleans never got within single digits.
Phoenix’s victory broke a tie with Brooklyn for the third-worst record in league going into the final week of the season.
The Suns have two games left, both at home, against Sacramento and the Los Angeles Clippers. Brooklyn (21-58) has three games remaining, starting Sunday at Indiana.
Goodwin was 7-for-11 from the field and hit seven of nine free throws coming off the bench. He had 14 of his 24 points in the second half.