The Phoenix Suns (2-3) closed out their 3-game road trip with a solid with over the Charlotte Bobcats (1-2) on Wednesday night. The Suns were led by the Polish Hammer Marcin Gortat who went off for 23 points, 10 rebounds and recorded a career high 7 blocks; Michael Beasley contributed into 21 points, 15 rebounds and 7 assists.
Despite Beasley and Gortat’s stellar performances the spotlight of the night belongs to Shannon Brown. Brown made all 6 of his 3-point attempts and cemented the win for the Suns. The Bobcats were led by Byron Mullens who scored 24 points and pulled in 8 rebounds.
The Suns controlled the game for most of the game however the Bobcats outscored the Suns 35-25 in the 3rd quarter and made it a 4-point game heading into the final quarter. With the score set at 85-81, with the Suns leading the Bobcats would tie the game on a Tyrus Thomas 18-foot jumper with 9:30 left in the 4th.
Shannon Brown would then respond a 3-pointer the following possession to give the Suns a 90-87 lead and for the rest of the game no one could stop Brown; behind Shannon Brown the Suns never looked back.
“I’m glad we’re not going back 0-3 on this three-game road trip,” Brown said. “Hopefully, we can get a little bit of momentum going as we head back home.”
Shannon Brown has averaged 11.5 points heading into this game and was the Suns leading scorer off the bench. Brown heading into the 4th quarter didn’t have much of an impact on the game scoring only 6 points prior to the 4th quarter.
The Suns have a lot to work on defensively as they gave up 110 points to the Bobcats. The Suns defense looked promising in the first 2 games, giving up only 89.5 points but in the last 3 contests, the Suns defensively has surrendered 118.6 points on average each game.
Despite what seemed like a terrific game from Michael Beasley on paper, Beasley had a tough night offensively, making only 4 of 18 field goal attempts after making his first 3 however his 15 rebounds and 7 assists were very encouraging signs.
The Suns will head back to Phoenix to host Kyrie Irving and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night. Defense will be crucial for that match-up as the young Cavaliers have a lot of gunners on that team, mainly Dion Waiters, Kyrie Irving and Daniel Gibson.