NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, January 26th (All times eastern)
Charlotte Bobcats (21-22) at Phoenix Suns (26-20), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Jekyll and Hyde Charlotte Bobcats resume a season-long six-game western road trip Tuesday in the desert against the struggling Phoenix Suns.
The Bobcats have been extremely tough in Charlotte this season, amassing a gaudy 18-5 mark at Time Warner Cable Arena. The road has been a different story, however, and Larry Brown's club dropped the opener of its trek and fell to a miserable 3-17 as the visitor last night in Denver.
Arron Afflalo made a personal-best 6-of-7 three- pointers to tie a career high with 24 points in that one, as the Nuggets handled the Bobcats, 104-93, at the Pepsi Center.
Stephen Jackson ended with 22 points for the Bobcats, who have dropped three straight following a six-game winning streak. Gerald Wallace finished with 20 points and seven rebounds. Flip Murray and Boris Diaw each had 13 points and five rebounds for Charlotte.
"I'm not real happy. We're just not playing together on both ends," said Brown. "Afflalo made shots, they got it to the open man. They played great, it was like they were scripting plays."
The Bobcats will also visit the Warriors, Kings, Blazers and Lakers on their trip.
The Suns, meanwhile, continue to struggle as trade rumors swirl around All- Star Amare Stoudemire. The big man is seeking a contract extension and may not get it before the upcoming trade deadline, making a deal likely.
With Stoudemire's fate looming, Phoenix dropped its fifth straight road game in Salt Lake City last night when Carlos Boozer provided 21 points and a season-high 20 rebounds, and the Utah Jazz stormed back from a 17-point deficit in the second half to beat the Suns, 124-115.
Goran Dragic tallied a career-best 32 points on 10-of-13 shooting for the Phoenix, which is just 9-15 away from the desert this season. Steve Nash notched a career milestone, recording 15 points and 15 assists to become just the eighth NBA player to reach 8,000 career assists. He now has 8,013.
"I shot the ball well, especially in the first 30 minutes I was really hot," Dragic said. "In the end, we lost the game. It was a tough loss for us."
Channing Frye added 21 points in the loss, while Stoudemire had 16.
The Suns, who are 17-5 on their home floor this season, are 9-2 all-time against the Bobcats.
01/26 10:32:19 ET