House, Nash Help Suns Pull Past Bobcats
Phoenix 110, Charlotte 100
CHARLOTTE, N.C., Dec. 30 (Ticker) -- Phoenix Suns coach Mike D'Antoni used all his weapons to his advantage.
Eddie House scored 26 points and four Phoenix players had double-doubles as the Suns won for the fourth time in five outings with a 110-100 triumph over the Charlotte Bobcats.
"I was just trying to get my team a win," House said. "I was feeling good tonight. I think what was big for us is that they were missing shots late in the fourth quarter and we were making them consistently. The basket was looking bigger as the game went on."
"That's what he's been doing," D'Antoni said. "That's why he's a heck of an addition right now."
After House scored the first six points for Phoenix in the fourth quarter, Brevin Knight hit a layup to give Charlotte an 89-87 edge with 7:56 remaining.
Reigning league MVP Steve Nash followed by scoring six consecutive points to ignite a 18-5 burst. House hit consecutive 3-pointers, James Jones drilled a shot from the arc and Boris Diaw made a layup as the Suns took a 105-94 advantage with 2:36 left.
"We hit some big shots and we also got some key stops," Phoenix's Shawn Marion said. "They were missing a lot of shots in the fourth quarter and we certainly made them pay for it. This was a good win for us. They're a scrappy team. They play hard and they go out there and compete."
The Suns extinguished any hope of a Bobcats rally when Nash hit a short jumper with 1:35 to go and Diaw fed Marion, who dunked for a 110-97 lead with 44 seconds remaining.
"With them running on us, it was kind of a hard matchup," Charlotte forward Gerald Wallace said. "They presented a hard matchup for us tonight and obviously, it showed."
Nash scored 24 points and had 13 assists, Marion added 24 with 13 rebounds, Diaw had 11 and 12 rebounds and Kurt Thomas 10 and 12 rebounds for the Suns.
"This team is great because every night somebody steps up and scores points and grabs rebounds," Diaw said. "That's what great about this team. We've very diverse. Everybody gives something to the team and that's what it's all about."
"I just thought it was a good effort all the way for us." D'Antoni said. "We grinded it out against a team that's playing well right now. They play as hard as you can play. They've got good talent out there and this was not going to be an easy thing. You don't win four out of five for nothing."
The Suns committed just one turnover in the fourth quarter for the second consecutive game and forced the Bobcats into four which Phoenix converted into eight points.
"The credit has to go to Phoenix in terms of how they space you out and their ability to finish," Charlotte coach Bernie Bickerstaff said. "In terms of helping, it's very difficult because (Nash) finds the open man and they make shots and push the tempo."
Keith Bogans came off the bench to score 18 points, Wallace added 15 and Knight 10 and 10 assists for the Bobcats, who lost for the third time in eight outings.
"They want you to shoot it so that they can get out and run," Bogans said. "It's hard, but that's how everybody really wants to play them. Their philosophy is to score more points that their opponent and that's what they did tonight. They made the shots. Those guys like to run and gun and that's what they did the last five minutes of the game."