Suns 116, Bucks 100

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PHOENIX -- After being projected to be NBA doormats this season, the surprising Phoenix Suns got win No. 20 Saturday night, rolling to a 116-100 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks at the US Airways Center.

Guard Gerald Green shot 9-for-14 for 24 points to lead the Suns. Forward Channing Frye, who shot 6-for-9 on 3-pointers, added 22 points plus seven rebounds and two blocks.

The Suns hit 12-for-27 on 3-pointers while limiting their turnovers to 11.

Guard Brandon Knight led the Bucks (7-26) with 25 points on 8-for-12 shooting. Guard O.J. Mayo had 20 points off the bench, while forward Caron Butler had 16 points in a reserve role.

The Suns (20-12) got the win despite missing guard Eric Bledsoe, out with a sprained knee for the second straight game. He has missed eight of the Suns 32 games.

Phoenix used a 12-0 run early in the second quarter to open up a 40-28 lead. And when Green came up with a steal and punctuated it with a windmill slam, then -- moments later -- hit a 3-pointer, the Suns had a 58-38 lead.

The Bucks battled back, trimming the margin to 11 (60-49) at halftime after a 3-pointer by Knight, who scored 14 in the first half.

The Suns quickly restored the big lead. A steal and slam by Green and a fast-break layup by guard Goran Dragic helped the Suns build a 74-53 lead with 7:49 left in the third quarter.

The Bucks killed themselves with 26 turnovers.

Several were long cross-court passes that were easily intercepted by the Suns. Green came up with four of them and turned them into fast-break dunks.

With the win, the Suns improved to 20-1 all-time vs. the Bucks in their current arena.

Knight recorded his seventh 20-plus-point game of the season for the Bucks.

NOTES: The Suns played without G Eric Bledsoe (sprained knee) for the second straight game. He previously missed six with a bruised shin. Entering the game, the Suns were 3-4 without him. The Suns are hoping he doesn't miss their entire five-game trip that starts Tuesday in Chicago. ... The Bucks continue to play without F John Henson (sprained ankle) and C Zaza Pachulia (broken foot). ... The Bucks broke a 24-game losing streak -- one of the longest NBA losing streaks of its kind -- in Phoenix last Jan. 17. Suns coach Alvin Gentry lost his job afterward. ... Saturday's game featured the NBA's two youngest players and only two teenagers: Suns G Archie Goodwin (19 years, 140 days) and Bucks F Giannis Antetokounmpo (19 years, 29 days). ... Bucks coach Larry Drew on Suns G Goran Dragic, who put up a career-high 33 points Thursday at home vs. Memphis: "He's a little bit of a Steve Nash and a little bit of a Manu Ginobili. He probes like Nash, and he gets to the basket like Ginobili. ... His relentless attack in transition, getting to the basket, just knowing how to draw fouls. He has really blossomed into a great point guard."

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