HOUSTON -- The Phoenix Suns did something against the Houston Rockets they had not done in their previous two games. [url=http:/

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HOUSTON -- The Phoenix Suns did something against the Houston Rockets they had not done in their previous two games. Mason Rudolph Jersey . Every time the Rockets made a run at the young Suns on Wednesday night, Phoenix responded. Eric Bledsoe had 20 points and seven assists to lead Phoenix to a 97-88 win over Houston on Wednesday night that snapped the Suns two-game losing streak. PJ Tucker added 18 points on 8-of-13 shooting with six rebounds. Channing Frye had 14 points on 6-of-12 shooting and grabbed six rebounds, and Goran Dragic chipped in 19 points on 6-of-11 shooting for the Suns, who shot 45.6 per cent from the field, including 45.8 per cent from behind the arc. "Throughout the year, we have had games where we have the lead in the fourth quarter," Phoenix coach Jeff Hornacek said. "We have blown some, and as a young team, that happens. You want to see the progress where that doesnt happen. They cut it down, and we could have gotten panicked where we forced shots, but we didnt." Dwight Howard had 15 points and 18 rebounds, Aaron Brooks added 17 points and six assists, and Omri Casspi had 14 points and seven rebounds for the Rockets, who lost their second straight game. James Harden, who was guarded by Tucker, finished with 14 points, hitting 3 of 17 from the field and going 0 for 10 from behind the arc. Patrick Beverley had 12 points and eight rebounds. Houston shot 35 per cent from the floor and turned the ball over 23 times. Houston coach Kevin McHale said the Rockets did not play very well. "In the first quarter, Phoenix came up and got real aggressive with us and were denying us around the court," McHale said. "We didnt handle that very well, and then you compound that with shots not going. We had no flow tonight. . I just thought the 13 assists, 23 turnovers, some really errant passing. We gave up 25 points off our turnovers, so we just fed them." The Rockets opened the fourth quarter with a 13-2 run to cut the Suns lead to 75-74 on Brooks 3-pointer with 7 minutes remaining. As they did throughout the game, the Suns responded, going on a 13-0 run over the next four minutes to expand the lead to 14 on Marcus Morris 3-pointer with 3 minutes remaining. Houston tried to answer, closing within 88-82 on an 8-0 run capped by Brooks 3-pointer with 1:49 remaining. "Playing on the road against the No. 1 offensive team in the league, you know they are going to make a run," Tucker said. "Its just one of those things where you keep playing hard and keep taking those shots. We started missing some shots, but we wanted to stick with it and pushing the ball back up." Again, the Suns would have an answer as Morris connected on a 3-pointer from the corner followed by two free throws from Dragic to push the lead to 11 with 1:15 left. "We know that Houston likes to push the ball," Dragic said. "In every NBA game, we know that every team is going to have a run. If youre solid on defence and play together on offence, I think we find the right open guy at the right time, and he makes shot. Thats huge play." Houston tried once more to slice into the lead, getting it down to seven points on Beverleys 3-pointer with 57 seconds left. Houston got no closer the rest of the way. Howard said the Rockets bad offensive night had nothing to do with them missing shots, the Suns "just played harder than us." "We cant give away games like this," Howard said. "It will come back to bite us in games later this season. Weve got to learn how, no matter how many guys we have out there, short-handed and all, weve got to play the same way, play hard and play aggressive." After the Rockets got to 63-61 on Garcias 3-pointer with 2:20 left in the third, the Suns finished the quarter on a 10-0 run, capped by two free throws by Markieff Morris to take a 12-point lead into the fourth. Houston opened the second half with an 11-4 run to get within 55-51 on Beverleys 3-pointer with 6:50 remaining in the third quarter. Phoenix used a 14-3 run over a three-minute span of the second quarter to take a 47-34 lead on Tuckers 3 with 3:09 remaining in the quarter. The Suns shot 50 per cent in the first half and took a 51-40 lead into the break. Houston shot 29.8 per cent in the first half. "We just didnt have enough energy," Harden said. "We didnt make shots on the offensive end or move the basketball, and they did." NOTES: Jeremy Lin sat out with a right knee sprain. ... Houston said centre Omer Asik will miss a week with a right thigh contusion. Asik will be re-evaluated at the end of the week. . Houston forward Chandler Parsons missed his second straight game with back spasms. . Phoenix centre Alex Len missed his eighth straight game with a sore left ankle. Morgan Burnett Steelers Jersey . 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Air Force has not had a lot of success in the building, but the team did pull off a major upset of BSU during the regular season with a 28-14 triumph in late September. That victory was just one of nine triumphs for head coach Troy Calhoun and his crew in 2014 as the squad posted a mark of 5-3 in conference play which, unfortunately, was only good for a fourth-place finish in the Mountain Division. As for the Broncos, those hailing from Western Michigan and the Mid-American Conference, they managed to finish third in the West Division standings with a 6-2 mark, and were 8-4 overall thanks to non-conference triumphs over Idaho and Murray State in the month of September. The program did enjoy a six-game win streak during one stretch, but that came to an end with a 31-21 loss versus Northern Illinois in late November. Western Michigan hasnt had much success in the postseason historically -- in fact that team is winless in five previous bowl appearances. The most recent showing saw the team bow to Purdue, 37-32, in the 2011 Little Caesars Bowl, but there is still enthusiasm about the prospect of meeting up with Air Force this weekend. Western Michigan University is extremely excited and grateful to share our celebratory season with the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl and the city of Boise, said head coach P.J. Fleck. The 18-year existence of this bowl shows the elite commitment and work ethic of all that are involved in this historic bowl. Boise, it is time to ROW THE BOAT! As for the Falcons, who missed the postseason in 2013, their bowl history traces back to the 1959 Cotton Bowl and a 0-0 tie versus TCU. The squad has a mark of 10-12-1 in the postseason but had been sitting at .500 prior to losing to both Toledo and Rice in the Military and Armed Forces Bowls, respectively, the last two times out. With respect to the series between these programs, this is the first meeting. For the Broncos, a team led by Fleck who was named the MAC Coach of the Year, the focus will be on running back Jarvion Franklin who not only was named the MAC Freshman of the Year, he also the leagues Offensive Player of the Year as well. Franklin set the MAC single-season rushing mark with 1,525 yards and also set new WMU standards with 25 touchdowns and 150 points in a single season. Franklin was a workhorse for the Broncos as he carried the ball 294 times and averaged 5.2 yards per carry in order to take some of the pressure off quarterback Zach Terrell who managed to complete 70 percent of his passes for 3,146 yards and 23 scores, against 10 interceptions. Custom Pittsburgh Steelers Jerseys. Although he missed one game, Corey Davis turned his 70 catches into 1,232 yards and 12 TDs, averaging close to 18 yards per reception. Just ahead of him on the total receptions list with 79 is Daniel Braverman who landed in the end zone only half as many times as Davis. As anyone who takes on Air Force knows, stopping the run is paramount and thats something that the Broncos did rather well during the regular season. The team ranked 37th in the FBS with just 142.7 ypg allowed on the ground, but you can be sure that number will be challenged quite a bit by the Academy. Expect to see Grant DePalma (97 tackles) in on many stops this weekend, the same for Justin Currie (95), and while both Ronald Zamort and Donald Celsicar tied for the team lead with four interceptions, there wont be much call for their services this time around. As has been the case for countless years now, the Falcons again rely heavily on their rushing attack, one that ranked seventh in the nation during the regular season with 272.2 ypg. Leading the way in the triple-option attack was Jacobi Owens with 1,054 yards on 204 carries, leading to five touchdowns, but he will not be suiting up this weekend due to a foot injury he suffered last month. Quarterback Kale Pearson was listed as the second-leading rusher with 646 yards, his six TDs on the ground tied for the team-high, but he is currently listed as questionable for the final game of the year for the Falcons as well. Should Pearson be unable to go, next up would be Nate Romine, a sophomore who has appeared in just four games this season, completing 8-of-15 passes for 73 yards and an interception. Obviously, Romine would not be called upon to put the ball in the air that much, but should the Falcons opt to throw the ball from time to time, the likely target would be Jalen Robinette who has 40 catches for 716 yards and four scores, not to mention Garrett Brown who has six TDs on 29 grabs. When and if the offense stalls, the Falcons can feel secure in bringing on kicker Will Conant who was named the Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Year after converting 18-of-20 field goal attempts, and making good on all 42 of his PATs. A First-Team All-Mountain West selection, Weston Steelhammer is the face of the defense for the Falcons these days. With six interceptions, at least one in three straight games, Steelhammer has the most since 2009 when Anthony Wright had seven picks for the unit. In addition to his picks, he also has two fumble recoveries and has registered a safety on one of his five tackles for loss. Another player the Broncos need to keep an eye on is Jordan Pierce, who easily paced the Falcons with 107 tackles, and was tops with both 16.5 TFL and 5.0 sacks. Cheap Predators Jerseys Cheap Jets Jerseys Cheap Ducks Jerseys Cheap Coyotes Jerseys Cheap Sharks Jerseys Cheap Canucks Jerseys Cheap Bruins Jerseys Cheap Sabres Jerseys Cheap Panthers Jerseys Cheap Canadiens Jerseys Cheap Senators Jerseys Cheap Hurricanes Jerseys Cheap Blue Jackets Jerseys Cheap Islanders Jerseys Cheap Rangers Jerseys Cheap Flyers Jerseys ' ' '

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