Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Phoenix Suns: Live Score and Analysis

Alec NathanFeatured ColumnistMarch 12, 2014

December 27, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Phoenix Suns point guard Eric Bledsoe (2) drives to the basket against Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry (30) during the first quarter at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
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The Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Phoenix Suns 110-101 in Eric Bledsoe's return to action on Wednesday night. 

In his first appearance since Dec. 30, Bledsoe totaled 15 points and a game-high nine assists in 32 minutes off the bench. 

With the win, the Cavs (25-40) snapped a four-game losing streak. The Suns (36-28) have now lost three straight. 

Kyrie Irving led the Cavaliers with 23 points, nine rebounds, six assists and two steals while Luol Deng added 18 points (7-of-12 shooting) and nine rebounds. 

Spencer Hawes was simply brilliant in the first quarter, totaling 17 points in the frame, but was limited to two points in the second half after spraining his ankle. He shot an efficient 6-of-11 from the field and 3-of-4 from three in the win. 

As a team, the Cavs shot 47 percent from the field and 50 percent (12-of-24) from three. 

Goran Dragic led the Suns with 20 points on 8-of-19 shooting (2-of-6 from three) while Markieff Morris tallied 18 points and 10 rebounds off the pine. 

After trailing by 13 at the half (they surrendered 37 points in the first quarter) the Suns battled back and trailed by only five at the end of the third quarter, but were unable to come up with timely buckets and key stops down the stretch. 

Next up for the Cavs is a showdown with the Golden State Warriors on Friday while the Suns are set to square off against the Boston Celtics after a day off on Thursday.