NBA Game Summary - Charlotte at Phoenix|
(Wednesday, December 19th)
Final Score: Phoenix 121, Charlotte 104
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Shannon Brown connected on five 3-pointers en
route to a team-high 26 points as the Phoenix Suns rolled over the floundering
Charlotte Bobcats, 121-104, at US Airways Center.
Goran Dragic and Jared Dudley each added four shots from beyond the arc as
Phoenix shot 17-for-28 from three-point range in the contest.
"If we run our stuff, people are going to get wide open shots and we just have
to knock down shots," said Brown. "Everybody did a great job of finding each
Dragic finished with 21 points and 11 assists, while Dudley had 20 points for
the Suns, who stretched their season-high win streak to four games.
Kemba Walker paced the Bobcats with a game-high 27 points and Michael Kidd-
Gilchrist followed with 25 to go along with 12 rebounds for Charlotte, which
lost its 13th straight game.
"We still feel pretty confident in ourselves. It's still a young season and we
still have a lot of time," Walker said. "Right now we're losing, but I think
good things are going to happen for us really soon."
Phoenix held a 28-27 lead at the end of the first quarter after a back-and-
forth opening 12 minutes that saw seven lead changes and four ties, but the
Suns were quickly able to pull away in the second, opening the frame with a
13-2 run to jump ahead, 41-29.
Walker put a halt to the run with a 3-pointer and then went 1-for-2 at the
foul line to get the Bobcats back within eight points before Phoenix exploded
with a 14-3 push to take a commanding 55-36 advantage with 4:07 left in the
Charlotte would get no closer than 17 points for the remainder of the frame
and Phoenix took a 64-46 cushion into the break.
The Suns connected on 60.9 percent (14-of-23) of their shots in the decisive
second quarter as their bench scored 32 of 36 total points in the stanza and
held the Bobcats to just 20 percent (3-for-15) from the floor.
Phoenix then cruised through the second half as their lead fluctuated between
14 and 30 points over the final 24 minutes.
Charlotte has not won since a 108-106 double-overtime decision over Washington
on Nov. 24 ... The Bobcats fell to 2-8 on the road this season, while Phoenix
improved to 9-5 at home ... The Suns' bench finished with 34 points ...
Phoenix scored 22 points off 17 Charlotte turnovers ... The Suns turned the
ball over 11 times, resulting in 11 points for the Bobcats.
12/20 00:41:43 ET