Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/20/12
PHOENIX -- Shannon Brown and the Suns are finished playing Charlotte this season. Brown has thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The Bobcats? Not so much. Brown, who made one of his five NBA stops in Charlotte, scored 18 of his game-high 26 points in the third quarter and accounted for five of Phoenix's 17 3-pointers as the Suns handed the Bobcats their NBA-worst 13th straight loss in a 121-104 romp Wednesday. Brown set a franchise record with six 3-pointers in the fourth quarter of a 117-110 win at Charlotte on Nov. 7. This time, he scored 15 points in just 4:11 early in the third quarter as the Suns opened a 30-point lead. Brown has 50 points in two games against the Bobcats this season, recording his two highest-scoring games of the year. Phoenix (11-15) has followed a seven-game losing streak with four straight wins. "It feels good to play against a former team, but I'm just glad we won," Brown said. "Some nights I might get shots, others I won't, depending on the scouting report. It wasn't like I was making a lot of one-on-one moves. We were moving the ball and finding each other right in the shooting pocket. We caught them helping a lot and just picked them apart. "My teammates kept finding me -- and the other team kept leaving me open." Goran Dragic had 21 points and 11 assists, and Jared Dudley added 20 for the Suns, who set a season high for points. Brown, Dragic and Dudley were a combined 13-for-20 from 3-point range, with each hitting at least four. The 17 made 3-pointers were the most by the Suns since they made a franchise record 22 on Nov. 14, 2010, against the Los Angeles Lakers. "It's much easier for me. I just pass the ball and I get the assists," Dragic said. "Shannon was in the zone and hitting every shot, and that's how we got the big lead. Early in the season our spacing was very bad but now everyone is where they should be. When we space the floor I can operate and find open guys." Kemba Walker had a game-high 27 points and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist added 25 for the Bobcats, who blew an 18-point point lead in Los Angeles on Tuesday in a 101-100 loss to the Lakers. They didn't have nearly as much fight in Phoenix. "We're giving them a lot of time. But unfortunately, wisdom comes after some nasty experience and that comes on the front end," Charlotte coach Mike Dunlop said. "There's no doubt we're teething, but tonight was a mental thing after enduring a tough loss (Tuesday)." Phoenix's starters appeared to be done for the night before the Bobcats scored the first eight points of the fourth quarter and eventually cut the 30-point deficit in half to 102-87 with 6:22 left. But Brown's fifth 3-pointer of the night on the next possession helped the Suns right themselves. The Bobcats (7-18) haven't won a game since Nov. 24, when they were two games above .500. "Right now we're losing, but I think good things are going to happen to us pretty soon," Walker said. "As long as we're getting better, we're still pretty confident in ourselves." NOTES: Dudley, a former Charlotte first-round draft pick, has three consecutive 20-point games, the longest streak of his career. ... The Suns' win in Charlotte last month was one of only two road wins Phoenix has so far this season. The other came at Cleveland. ... Phoenix coach Alvin Gentry praised the Bobcats after watching their loss to the Lakers on Tuesday. "I know that they are struggling right now, but that doesn't stop them from playing really hard and competing like crazy," he said. ... Suns center Marcin Gortat blocked six shots in Monday's win over Sacramento, his fourth game with at least five blocks already this season. Only Larry Sanders of Milwaukee (five) has more. Gortat finished with three blocks Wednesday.
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