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Monday Quickies: Eric Bledsoe Erupts Edition

Eric Bledsoe's career night helps Suns score huge upset and more in today's headlines!

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Eric Bledsoe had his best scoring performance ever, as he recorded a career-high 40 points against the Toronto Raptors on Sunday to lead the Phoenix Suns to victory.

Bledsoe did it the way he always does; he wasn't flashy, but he was efficient. He passed well, he hit 11 of his 17 shots, and he didn't miss a single free throw.

Whether he wants to admit it or not, Bledsoe is playing his best basketball right now. We're seeing what a great player he can be; a true leader on the floor. It's amazing to think that he wasn't even the best guard on his team in college. If he can continue to put up consistent performances like he has the past couple games, we could see Bledsoe become a guard to build around, and even a hot commodity in the league.

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Your quickies

Eric Bledsoe's career night exemplifies growth in complementary role - Arizona Sports
Don't let it fool you: those 40 points by Suns point guard Eric Bledsoe against the Raptors aren't as impressive as the 13 assists he also recorded.

Patience has been Dominique Hawkins’ virtue for a long time | Lexington Herald-Leader
Dominique Hawkins’ career has been one of marked by patience. He waits his turn and then contributes when the opportunity arises. That happened again Saturday as Hawkins helped fill the vacuum created by an injury to point guard De’Aaron Fox.

Starting Five: No ‘go-to guy,’ no problem - CoachCal.com
Most teams in the country have a go-to guy that the team lives and dies by. Kentucky isn’t one of those teams, at least not yet.

Kentucky Women Win Fourth Straight, Downing Auburn 64-60 | UK Wildcats News
Maci Morris scored 18 points and had a career-high nine rebounds as the Kentucky women’s basketball team won its fourth straight game, beating Auburn in a back-and-forth contest on Sunday afternoon.

Seth Greenberg’s challenge to the BBN | Kentucky Sports Radio
ESPN announced that College Gameday would be back at Rupp Arena on Saturday for Kentucky and Kansas, and Seth Greenberg issued the Big Blue Nation a challenge.

UK notebook: New practice facility has provided an extra benefit in recruiting | Lexington Herald-Leader
The new one-stop shop practice facility for players has become a one-stop shop for Kentucky recruits as well, UK officials say.

Kentucky Downs Notre Dame, 5-2 | UK Wildcats News
No. 15 Kentucky men’s tennis stays undefeated after earning a 5-2 victory over Notre Dame inside the Boone Tennis Center on Sunday.

Kentucky basketball overcomes adversity to knock off South Carolina | Lexington Herald-Leader
With Mychal Mulder out and De’Aaron Fox injured, Kentucky still beats South Carolina 85-69. Cats now 7-0 in SEC while Carolina drops to 5-1. Dominique Hawkins and Derek Willis played big roles.

Coach Cal Says to "Sweat for Surgeries" | Kentucky Sports Radio
Last year, Lexington’s own globally-recognized personal trainer Josh Bowen led a 24-hour fitness-a-thon that raised nearly $22,000 for the extraordinary local charity, Surgery on Sunday. This year, John Calipari urged his Facebook friends to join in the fun.

Los Angeles Lakers suffer worst loss in franchise history - ESPN
The Los Angeles Lakers suffered a 122-73 rout at the hands of the Mavericks, the worst loss in Lakers history. Forward Julius Randle said his team should be embarrassed by the effort.

Julio Jones makes history with dominant performance - NFL.com
The Atlanta Falcons are headed to the Super Bowl for the first time since 1998 -- and Julio Jones' historic performance had more than something to do with it.

Patriots heading to Super Bowl to face their biggest rival, and it's not the Falcons - CBSSports.com
One more win and the Patriots can celebrate in front of Roger Goodell ... and they know it.

Atlanta Falcons vs. New England Patriots -- Ultimate Super Bowl LI Preview - ESPN
After 266 games, just two teams remain. Will Tom and Bill add a fifth Super Bowl title to their legacy? Or will Matt Ryan's jet-powered offense finally earn a title for Atlanta? Here's your head-to-head breakdown of how the Patriots and Falcons stack up.

'Split' tops the weekend box office with $40.2 million - The Hollywood Reporter

Hackers hit Sundance Film Festival - Digital Trends