Suns Pull Away In Fourth, Beat Bobcats 95-89

The Suns used a strong fourth quarter performance from Robin Lopez to pull away from the Bobcats and get a much needed home win.

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Phoenix Suns Bench Puts Down Charlotte Bobcats, 95-89

The Phoenix Suns didn't make it easy on themselves but a strong showing from the second unit to start the fourth quarter gave them the separation needed to get a victory over the Charlotte Bobcats.

The Bobcats pushed their halftime lead to ten points early in the third quarter before Alvin Gentry called a time out. From that point on the Suns had the game tied at the end of three and were up 10 halfway through the fourth quarter.

The hero of the night was Robin Lopez who scored 13 points to go along with six rebounds and solid defense in his 19 minutes of play. Josh Childress was strong as well as the bench was able to allow Steve Nash to rest until the four minute mark.

"The major problem was when Lopez came in," Bobcats coach Paul Silas said, "We didn't box him out and it really just changed the whole game around."

The Suns held the Bobcats to and just 17 points in the fourth quarter with about half of those coming in the final desperate minutes. Phoenix was led by Michael Redd who got the start in place of the injured Jared Dudley. Redd finished with 17 points on 6-12 shooting. Rookie point guard Kemba Walker had 22 points for Charlotte.

The much-needed home win gives the Suns a 9-14 record on the season while the Bobcats fall to 3-21. The Suns now travel to Atlanta to face the Hawks on Monday and then to Milwaukee to meet the Bucks on Tuesday.

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Phoenix Suns Vs. Charlotte Bobcats: TV Schedule, Lineups And No Jared Dudley

The Phoenix Suns (8-14) are back at home with a game that on paper should be "winnable" against the Charlotte Bobcats (3-20) but as is clearly obvious, this Suns team can't take anything for granted. Coach Alvin Gentry's biggest concern right now is the team's energy level and inconsistent effort.

"I am more concerned about the overall energy level as anything. To me that's the most important thing. We've just had too much of a discrepancy and that area right there is something we've got to get back and be consistent with, competing and playing hard night in and night out," Gentry said before the game.

The Suns will be without starting shooting guard Jared Dudley, who's starting to play his way back into the form we've come to expect. Dudley suffered a thigh bruise in Wednesday's game in New Orleans and got hit again on Friday in Houston. Michael Redd is expected to get the start but a final decision will likely wait until just before tip.

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The Suns game tips off at 7:00 p.m. Arizona time on Fox Sports Arizona. Arizona Sports 620 radio. Bright Side of the Sun will have the live game thread.

Phoenix Suns vs. Charlotte Bobcats Game Preview - Bright Side Of The Sun
If the regular Bobcats squad wasn't beatable enough, the Suns have the added advantage of their opponents missing their top three scorers, Gerald Henderson, D.J. Augustin and Corey Maggette for tonight's game at US Airways Center in Phoenix.

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Phoenix Suns Fall To Houston Rockets 99-81 On Road

The Phoenix Suns fell behind early on Friday night and were unable to overcome the Houston Rockets, who saw seven players score in double figures. The Suns shot 41% from the field and made just four of their 19 attempts from behind the arc, and made just nine free throws on the night. The loss dropped Phoenix to 8-14 on the season, including a dismal 4-8 mark on the road, while Houston improved to 13-10.

Steve Nash was held scoreless in the first half and ended his night with just six points and nine assists. The veteran point guard was visibly frustrated throughout most of the contest and the losing has to be taking its toll on him. Marcin Gortat recorded a double-double, scoring 15 points and bringing down 12 rebounds, while Shannon Brown had 12 off the bench.

Kevin Martin led Houston in scoring with 16 points and only played 17 minutes before leaving early with an apparent injury. Luis Scola had 14, Patrick Patterson and Chase Budinger both had 12 off the bench, and former-Sun Goran Gragic added 10 as well.

The Suns will now return home to take on the Charlotte Bobcats on Saturday evening. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. from US Airways Center.

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Phoenix Suns Get Destroyed In First Half Against Rockets, Steve Nash Held Scoreless

The Phoenix Suns continued their struggles on the road in the first half on Friday night and they find themselves trailing the Houston Rockets by 20 points at halftime. The Suns struggled shooting the ball, hitting just over 40% of their attempts from the field. They made just 2 of their 7 shots from behind the arc and only attempted four free throws.

Steve Nash dished out seven assists and did not score in the first 24 minutes, while Marcin Gortat nearly had a double-double with 12 points and eight rebounds. Channing Frye continues to struggle and has just two points thus far.

The story of the first half came from the Rockets on the offensive end of the court, where they used a balanced scoring attack to build their lead. Kevin Martin led the way with an efficient 11 points. Luis Scola played a strong half and ended with 10 points. Courtney Lee added eight points off the bench.

This is still a winnable game for Phoenix but the team has to bear down on the defensive end of the court if they hope to have any chance. If not, they might as well not even bother showing up for the second half. The team is simply playing uninspired basketball right now.

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Phoenix Suns Vs. Houston Rockets: TV Schedule, Lineups And More

The Phoenix Suns are in Houston to face the Rockets. The Suns are coming off their biggest win of the season. Can they carry the momentum forward?

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