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Saturday, February 1st
(All times Eastern)
Charlotte Bobcats (21-27) at Phoenix Suns (28-18), 9 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Phoenix Suns just swept a four-game eastern road
trip and return home to US Airways Center Saturday night to host the Charlotte
The Suns knocked off the Cleveland Cavaliers, Philadelphia 76ers, Milwaukee
Bucks and Indiana Pacers on their trip, but did lose their last home game
before they embarked on the trek.
On Thursday, Goran Dragic and the Suns pulled off a surprising 102-94 win over
the Pacers, snapping Indiana's 10-game home winning streak in impressive
The Suns, playing their fourth game in five days, raced out to a 19-point lead
in the first half and withstood Indiana's furious comeback.
"For a team that's trying to prove themselves to come in and beat a great team
like this on their court is big for us," Phoenix head coach Jeff Hornacek
Dragic, who was overlooked as a reserve for the Western Conference All-Star
team, spearheaded the upset with 28 points and seven assists, while Marcus
Morris and Gerald Green both chipped in 16 points in the victory. Markieff
Morris added 15 points off the bench for Phoenix.
The Suns will play four of their next five at home.
The Bobcats earned their second consecutive victory Friday night when they
knocked off the Los Angeles Lakers, 110-100. They are now 2-0 on a four-game
western swing which will see them visit the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday.
Al Jefferson eclipsed the 30-point mark for the third straight game and
matched a career-high with 40 points in the Charlotte triumph from Staples
Center. Jefferson also grabbed 18 boards and handed out four assists.
"I had my moments. I stayed with it and got hot," said Jefferson, who has
scored 20 or more in 11 straight.
Gerald Henderson dropped 20 points, while Ramon Sessions handed out 13 assists
in the victory. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist managed 10 points for the Bobcats, who
have won four of their last six.
It was a special victory for Bobcats coach Steve Clifford. He was the lead
assistant coach for the Lakers last season before getting his first crack as a
The Suns defeated the Bobcats by eight in Charlotte on Nov. 22 and have taken
four straight in this series. Phoenix is 7-2 against the Bobcats in their own
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