Final Score: Phoenix 105, Charlotte 95
Phoenix, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Goran Dragic scored 25 points on 10-of-14
shooting and added five rebounds and four assists to lead the surging Phoenix
Suns over the Charlotte Bobcats, 105-95, on Saturday.
The Suns were coming off a perfect 4-0 road trip that ended with a stunning
102-94 win in Indiana on Thursday, and they were facing a Bobcats club feeling
good about themselves following road wins over the Nuggets and Lakers.
"It feels like I'm playing basketball with my friends back home with no
pressure," said Dragic, a native of Slovenia. "I get great support from my
teammates. It's just fun."
A win in Phoenix proved too tall a task, though, as the Suns built a 27-point
lead by making 56.7 percent of their shots over the first three quarters.
Marcus Morris and twin brother Markieff provided 15 and 13 points,
respectively, in the victory.
Al Jefferson, one day after erupting for a career-high 40 points in Los
Angeles, was limited to 10 on 4-of-15 shooting. Anthony Tolliver led the
Bobcats with 14 points.
"We didn't come out playing the way we're supposed to play against a team like
that," said Jefferson. "We didn't have the energy that we needed, we weren't
The Suns went ahead by 10 in the first quarter behind Dragic's 15 points in
the first 7:42. The emerging point guard made five of his first six shots
and was 4-of-5 from the free throw line during the surge.
Phoenix was in front by five, 32-27, entering the second and stretched it back
to double digits with a 9-1 run during the middle stages. The Suns completely
ran away with it by holding Charlotte scoreless over the final 5:11 of the
The Bobcats shot 4-of-20 (20 percent) from the field in the quarter and were
in a 59-41 hole at the break.
Dragic and Marcus Morris combined for 34 points in the opening half, and the
rest of Phoenix's roster took the reins in the third quarter.
Markieff Morris' slam in the closing seconds ended an 8-1 run, and the Suns'
90-63 margin heading to the fourth was never seriously challenged despite a
valiant effort by Charlotte's reserves.
Phoenix swept the two-game season series for the second straight year and has
won five straight meetings ... Jefferson had scored 20 or more in 11 straight
... The Suns held a 51-34 rebounding advantage ... Charlotte shot 41.8 percent
from the field ... Phoenix's Miles Plumlee pulled down a game-high 11 boards.
02/02 01:36:48 ET
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