PHOENIX -- There were expectations that Jeff Hornacek might set some Phoenix Suns coaching records this season, but not like this.
Guard Eric Bledsoe collected 24 points and six assists, forward Markieff Morris continued his hot scoring with 23 points off the bench, and Hornacek became the first coach in Suns history to win the first four home games of his tenure with a 101-94 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday.
The Suns, picked by many to battle for the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft, are now 5-2 overall. Phoenix swept the season series from the Pelicans (3-4) with its second win against New Orleans in six days.
Center Jason Smith scored 22 points, and guards Jrue Holiday and Anthony Morrow had 16 each for New Orleans, who had won two straight since losing to the Suns 104-98 at home on Nov. 5. Forward Anthony Davis contributed 14 points and 12 rebounds.
Morris, who hit nine of 12 shots Sunday, is now 30-for-38 from the field in his past three games.
After missing their first 10 3-pointers Sunday, the Suns hit seven of their last 12 from long range with guards Gerald Green, Goran Dragic and Bledsoe all sinking long-range shots during a 15-6 run that won the game. Bledsoe's 3-pointer with 1:25 left, just before the shot clock expired, gave Phoenix a 95-85 lead, its biggest of a very tight game.
Dragic returned after missing three games with a sprained left ankle and had 12 points in 29 minutes off the bench.
After going without a single free throw in the first half, the Pelicans scored 11 of their 27 points from the line in the third quarter and tied the game at 65 on a Davis three-point play with 1:25 left. The Suns then reeled off the next six points -- all of them by Morris -- to take a 71-65 lead to the final quarter.
The first half was far from an offensive show.
The Suns shot 33 percent from the field and missed all four 3-pointers but still squeezed out a 19-16 lead after one quarter thanks to six New Orleans turnovers. Phoenix stretched the lead to 27-19 on a Morris dunk with 7:56 left in the half, but New Orleans fought back.
Smith, who lead all scorers with 14 points in the first half, had an 8-foot turnaround, a fast break layup and a 19-foot jumper during a 15-6 New Orleans run, and Holiday's 16-footer gave the Pelicans a 36-35 lead with 2:05 left.
Phoenix scored the final seven points of the half, with Morris following a layup with a 3-pointer with 31.9 seconds left to give the Suns a 42-38 halftime lead.
NOTES: Hornacek is the 17th head coach in Phoenix history. Jerry Colangelo (1969-70), John Wetzel (1987-88), Paul Westphal (1992-93) and Scott Skiles (1999-2000) all started 3-0 at home. ... New Orleans coach Monty Williams said F Ryan Anderson (broken toe) is getting closer to making his season debut. "It could be tomorrow. It could be a week," Williams said. ... Suns F Marcus and F Markeiff Morris have each scored in double figures in three straight games -- the first of the 11 brother teammates in NBA history to accomplish the feat. ... Sunday's games matched the NBA's two least experienced teams. The Pelicans players have an average of 168.4 career games while the Suns, including veteran F Emeka Okafor, who is not on the active roster, average 176 games. ... Hornacek is happy with his team's chemistry so far. "For a team that came off 25 wins (last year), to a guy that I talked to, they liked each other off the court but on the court they just didn't play well together."