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                        === Suns rally past Thunder ===
 Phoenix,  AZ ( - Goran Dragic led six Suns players in double
 figures  with  26 points and  the Phoenix Suns  rallied past the Oklahoma City
 Thunder,  122-115, to move into sole possession of eighth place in the Western
 Conference Standings.
 Phoenix  led  by three late  when a  pair of hustle  plays pushed the hosts to
 victory.  Eric Bledsoe, who finished with 18 points, stripped Kevin Durant and
 took it coast-to-coast before getting blocked at the rim by Russell Westbrook.
 Derek  Fisher  came up  with the loose  ball for the  Thunder, but P.J. Tucker
 ripped  it from him, drawing a foul on the veteran and making two crucial foul
 Durant's  triple was off  the mark on the other end, and Bledsoe made two more
 from the stripe to ice it.
 Tucker  scored a career-high 22 points and Gerald Green contributed 24 off the
 bench  as the Suns  win for the eighth time in their last 10 games. Tucker and
 Green shot a combined 9-of-12 from behind the arc.
 "We  had  guys make plays tonight.  It is as  simple as that," Suns head coach
 Jeff Hornacek said.
 Phoenix  sits  a full game  ahead of Memphis for  the eighth and final playoff
 spot in the West. Both teams have five games to play.
 Despite the loss, Durant dropped 38 points to pass Michael Jordan's modern era
 streak  of  consecutive games with at  least 25 points with his 41st straight.
 Westbrook finished with 33 points and eight assists in the setback.
 "I  don't  really care about it.  I wish it  was over," Durant said of passing
 Westbrook and Durant were responsible for 17 of OKC's 25 first quarter points,
 while the Suns used a more balanced attack to claim a 28-25 lead after one.
 The  margin  hovered between  three and  nine for most  of the second quarter.
 Dragic's  3-ball at 2:23 gave the Suns their first double-digit lead at 57-47,
 and  it  was 62-53 heading into  halftime. After going scoreless in the first,
 Dragic scored 19 points in the second stanza.
 Both  teams shot a scorching 60 percent in the third quarter, with the Thunder
 winning  the frame  by six after also making 11-of-12 from the stripe. Durant,
 who  had  12 in the period,  missed a pull-up 3  at the buzzer that would have
 tied it.
 Durant opened the fourth with a running banker and then put the Thunder on top
 with a pocket pass to Nick Collison for a jam. Phoenix never wavered, however,
 and  Green's stepback 3-pointer  from the right wing at 8:59 made it 101-97 in
 favor of the home team.
 Both teams traded blows throughout the final period. With the score knotted at
 105-apiece  near  the midpoint,  Tucker brought  the crowd to  its feet with a
 corner  3-pointer  and Westbrook silenced  it with a trey  from the top of the
 After  a  pair of Durant free  throws put OKC  in front, 112-111, with 2:39 to
 play,  Markieff Morris  made a driving layup  and two free throws for a three-
 point Phoenix lead with just under a minute left.
 The  Suns  shot 9-of-10  from the line  in the final  minute after making just
 12-of-21 before that.
                                   Game Notes
 The  Thunder  have dropped two games  in a row  on the heels of three straight
 wins  ...  Markieff and  Marcus Morris  both scored 10  points for Phoenix ...
 Serge Ibaka and Reggie Jackson netted 11 apiece for OKC ... There were 10 ties
 and nine lead changes.
 04/07 00:56:17 ET