The Suns were in the unique position of having their defense be ahead of the offense to start the season.
It was a refreshing change, but it was still disconcerting that the full-throttle look had been stuck in low gears at times.
The Suns floored it on Tuesday night, scoring 32 points in the third quarter’s final 7:30 to take a lead that they never surrendered for a 104-98 victory over New Orleans at New Orleans Arena.
The Suns (3-1) were missing Goran Dragic, as they might be again tonight for a sprained ankle, but already have another starting point guard in the lineup. Eric Bledsoe looked like a go-to finisher again, putting the game away late with a string of drives for an assist and two baskets. He finished with 25 points and five assists while making 10 of 12 shots, the best shooting game an NBA player has had in this young season with at least 12 attempts.