- Associated Press - Sunday, December 21, 2014

Phoenix Suns coach Jeff Hornacek got the killer instinct he was looking for.

The Suns scored nine consecutive points late in the game to beat Washington 104-92 on Sunday night, completing a perfect three-game trip and ending the Wizards’ winning streak at six games.

“Maybe this is the game that helps us to get going because it was a full all-player, all-team effort,” Hornacek said. “This is the way we need to play.”

Eric Bledsoe and Markieff Morris each scored 17 points, Goran Dragic added 16 — 12 in the third quarter when Phoenix took control of the game.

The Suns opened the road swing in Charlotte on Wednesday night and beat New York on Saturday.

Rasual Butler led the Wizards with 17 points, and Kevin Seraphin equaled a season-high with 16.

After a 50-50 tie at halftime, the Suns outplayed Washington in the third quarter, taking a 13-point lead with 1:30 to play. Dragic was 5 for 6 in the quarter.

“They took the game to us every step of the way, whether it was the defensive end or the offensive end,” Wizards coach Randy Wittman said. “We were just a step behind everything from an offensive standpoint.”

Washington cut it to 95-89 on Paul Pierce’s layup with 2:40 to play, but the Suns scored nine straight — seven by Bledsoe — to take a 104-89 lead with 1:01 to play.

Hornacek’s strategy of using three point guards: Bledsoe, Dragic and Isaiah Thomas to close games on this trip has worked.

“So far, we’re up,” Dragic said. “Every time we play with three guards, we manage to close games.”


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