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Updated Dec 20, 2012 - 3:32 pm

Suns Strokes: Offense powers Phoenix to fourth straight win

Sure, you could read the box score and know who won, but we all know that won’t tell you everything that happened in a basketball game. So, we will give you Suns Strokes, providing you with the analysis, quotes and notes from the Suns’ 121-104 win over the Bobcats on December 19.

The Good:

The Suns extend their season-best winning streak to four games — matching their longest winning streak from all of last season — posting season-highs in points (121) and 3-pointers made (17). Former Charlotte Bobcat Shannon Brown hit five three-point shots, including four in the third quarter when he scored 18 of his season-high 26 points. Combining his efforts from Monday, Brown has scored 32 points in his last two third quarters.

The Bad:

Alvin Gentry called three fourth quarter timeouts, including two in the first 1:53, as the Bobcats went on a 19-5 run to trim what was a 29-point Suns lead down to 15.

He Said It

“They’re a tough team. They never quit,” Goran Dragic, who finished with 21 points and 11 assists,said of the Bobcats. “We fell asleep for just a moment and they make a run. Then Alvin put back the starters and we tried to finish the job.”

Noted:

• Suns improved to 4-1 on their season-long five-game homestand

• Suns have won three straight games by double figures for the first time since February 7-11, 2011

• Suns have scored 100 or more points in consecutive regulation games for the first time since November 7-9

• Jared Dudley recorded a 20-point game for a career-high third consecutive night. “(I) got a Kobe-streak going,” he said following the game.

Up Next:

The Suns (11-15) visit Portland on Saturday, December 22.

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