PHOENIX (AP) – Goran Dragic scored 25 points and the Phoenix Suns made almost 57 percent of their shots through three quarters Saturday night in a 105-95 win over the Charlotte Bobcats.
Marcus Morris added 15 points for the Suns, who have won five straight games and seven of their last eight. It’s the second time the Suns have won five in a row, matching their longest winning streak of the season.
Phoenix held Charlotte to 14 second-quarter points, the lowest total in that quarter for an opponent this season.
The Suns limited Al Jefferson, Charlotte’s leading scorer, to just 10 points after he’d logged three straight 30-point games. He was 4 of 15 from the field and didn’t play in the fourth quarter.
Markieff Morris threw down a dunk with 3.4 seconds left in the third quarter to give the Suns a 90-63 lead. He finished with 13 points and nine rebounds.
The Bobcats cut the Suns’ lead to 99-86 with just under four minutes left in the fourth quarter but couldn’t sustain the run.
Reserve Anthony Tolliver led Charlotte with 14 points and Jannero Pargo added 12 points and six assists.
Ish Smith’s floater with 7:05 left in the first half gave the Suns a 47-35 lead, and his driving right-hand layup made it 50-36 with 5:59 left. Marcus Morris hit a 3 off a feed from Dragic to make it 55-41, and Dragic scored the final four points of the half as the Suns closed it out on a 9-0 run.
The Bobcats failed to score for the final five-plus minutes of the first half, the Suns’ defense on Jefferson was a major factor as they double-teamed the big man often as soon as he caught the ball.
The Bobcats had won their last two games, the first stops of a four-game western road swing.
NOTES: The Bobcats were without guard Kemba Walker, whose 18.7 points and five assists per game were missed. Walker has been out with a sprained left ankle for two weeks and is expected to return soon. . Saturday was Fan Appreciation Night at the US Airways Center. About half the crowd received “Go Suns” foam fingers. … Injured Suns guard Eric Bledsoe has been out since Jan. 2, but he is the featured player on bobblehead dolls that will be given to fans at the next Suns home game, Tuesday against the Chicago Bulls. … The balls used for Saturday’s game were among the first ones to be used in game bearing new NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s signature. . The two teams wore warm-up shirts bearing the Twitter hashtag “(hash)NBABHM” in honor of Black History Month.
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