Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/9/12
PHOENIX – Shannon Brown continues to bring the fourth quarter magic. And the records keep tumbling for the Phoenix Suns. Two nights after setting a Suns record with six 3-pointers in a win at Charlotte, Brown had 12 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter as Phoenix fashioned a miracle comeback from a 26-point deficit -- the biggest in franchise history at home -- to stun the Cleveland 107-105 Friday night. It was the third-biggest comeback win in the 45-year history of the Suns, capped only by a 29-point rally at Boston in 2003 and a 27-point rally at Dallas in 2007. The Suns fell behind 18-2 to start the game and trailed 42-16 with 10:47 left in the half before cutting the deficit in half by intermission, down to six after three quarter and finally taking their first lead of the game at 87-85 on Brown's layup with 8:17 to play. But Cleveland rookie Doin Waiters reeled off 10 consecutive points, part of a 23-point night, to cap a 13-4 run an Alonzo Gee's three-point play put the Cavaliers back up by seven at 98-91 with 4:36 left. The Suns had one last charge left. Goran Dragic, who led the Suns with 26 points, followed two Gortat free throws with a 15-footer, then found PJ Tucker for a layup to shave the Cleveland lead to one. Tucker's 20-footer gave Phoenix a 103-102 lead with 1:32 left, and Brown's fastbreak layup off one of five Marcin Gortat blocks pushed the lead to three. Cleveland stayed close and had a chance to win at the end, but Kyrie Irving's 3-pointer at the buzzer missed and the Suns closed out their wild comeback. Daniel Gibson had 19 points including five 3-pointers for Cleveland, while Irving finished with 17 points and eight assists. Having lost two of the first three games on a grueling six-game road trip, the Cavaliers were by far the fresher team at the start, scoring the game's first 10 points and leaving the Suns flat-footed on both ends. Four of the five starters got on the board in the first 2:26, with Irving's driving layup capping the run. The Suns finally scored with a Luis Scola layup, but Cleveland reeled off the next eight points and went up 18-2 on Anderson Varejao's 3-footer with 7:36 left. The Cavs had more baskets (eight) than Phoenix had attempts and the hole kept getting bigger. The Cleveland bench took over, with Daniel Gibson hitting three his 3-pointers and scoring 11 points in 11 minutes. Verajao's three-point play with 18.4 seconds left gave Cleveland a 37-16 lead after one quarter and the bulge swelled to 26 at 42-16 on a Tristan Thompson tip-in with 10:47 left in the half. But as they have done in all three home games this season, the Suns closed the first half strong with a 33-20 run, cutting the deficit in half. Phoenix was led by Dragic, who had nine of his 15 first-half points, and Sebastian Telfair, who had 10 during the quarter. Telfair hit two free throws with 1.1 seconds to make it a 62-49 game at the break. NOTES: Cleveland coach Byron Scott said he felt bad to learn of Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike Brown's firing after five games and reminded reporters “I got fired nine game (into the 2008-09 season at) New Orleans, so maybe that's pretty close to being comparable.” The longtime Laker said he has no interest in the vacant job. “I am perfectly happy here in Cleveland,” he said. “This might be a good time to ask (Cleveland owner) Dan (Gilbert), ‘Can I get another four-year extension?” ... Suns center Jermaine O'Neal missed his third consecutive game because of a death in the family. He also will not make the road trip for Saturday's game in Utah ... Gortat has 21 blocks in the first five games of the season, the most in the NBA since Dwight Howard had 21 to open the 2008-09 season. His NBA-best 4.2 blocks a game is far ahead of the Suns season franchise record of Larry Nance, who averaged 2.65 blocks a game in 1982-83.
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