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The Pelicans still led by a basket inside the final three minutes and were looking for more in transition when Beldsoe made his pivotal interception and assist on Dragic’s tying basket.

“Those kinds of plays get you the game,” Dragic said. “He sprinted back and got that steal. From that steal we went to transition and we scored. That was great recognition from him, great awareness.”

New Orleans had one more brief lead on Tyreke Evans’ free throw before the Suns surged in front for good.

Phoenix scored the first eight points of the game and took its first double-digit lead when Tucker’s short turnaround jumper made it 19-8.

New Orleans responded by scoring the first eight points of the second quarter - four each by Withey and Rivers - to pull to 23-22. Withey and Miller each ended up with 10 first-half points for the Pelicans, and Miller briefly gave New Orleans the lead on a 14-foot step-back jumper that made it 42-40.

Soon after, Green dunked and hit a 3, helping the Suns take a 47-46 lead into halftime.

Notes: Luke Babbitt had a season-high 12 points for New Orleans. … Phoenix won all four meetings with the Pelicans this season. … The Suns have won eight of their past 10 against New Orleans.