Postgame Central: Suns @ Bobcats - Nov. 20, 2010
Game Stats, Charts
17Guard Goran Dragic scored 17 points and 10 assists in 38 minutes against Charlotte.
Quote of the Game
“When you are an NBA team and you play like we did, you are going to lose and we did.”
Fan Quote of the Game
"Too bad Robin and Nash are out. Get well soon... The team needs you!"
Steve Nash Sits While Magic Roll Past Suns 105-89Posted: Nov 18, 2010
By Antonio Gonzalez, AP Sports
CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) Stephen Jackson had 24 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for the first triple-double in franchise history for the Charlotte Bobcats, who took advantage of Steve Nash's absence to beat the listless Phoenix Suns 123-105 on Saturday night.
It was the second career triple-double for Jackson, whose first also came against the Suns when he was with Golden State in the 2008-09 season. He hit 10-of-13 shots and led an efficient night for the Bobcats, who also got 26 points from Boris Diaw while shooting 58 percent from the field.
Tyrus Thomas added 22 points for Charlotte, which was met with little resistance by the Suns in transition and inside, scoring 64 points in the paint.
Playing its second straight game without its star point guard because of a strained groin, Phoenix wilted in the second half and hit only five of 21 3-pointers in its third straight loss.
Grant Hill scored 23 points, Hedo Turkoglu added 18 and Nash's fill-in, Goran Dragic, had 17 points, 10 assists and no turnovers for the Suns, who were done in by poor defense.
Coach Alvin Gentry said he'll be cautious with Nash and may also sit him in Monday's visit to Houston. Nash received treatment during the morning shootaround and before the game, and finished with some shooting drills about 30 minutes before tipoff.
He then watched from the floor at the end of the bench as the Suns played a sloppy second half.
The Bobcats took control in the third quarter with a barrage of easy transition dunks and layups. Three timeouts by Gentry in just over 5 minutes couldn't stop Charlotte's onslaught.
After Phoenix tied the game at 58, the Bobcats went on a 25-8 run. Thomas was scoring at will inside, often on crisp passes from Jackson, whose layup put Charlotte ahead 83-66 with 2:46 left in the third quarter.
The Suns got within 98-90 on Jason Richardson's three-point play with 6:58 left, but the Bobcats responded with a 9-2 run.
A night after a disappointing loss in Miami that saw Gerald Wallace foul out and then get ejected, Charlotte again got little early from its second-leading scorer, thanks to more foul trouble.
But Wallace scored 10 points in the fourth quarter while Jackson gave the 7-year-old Bobcats a milestone.
Coach Larry Brown had told Jackson in the exit interviews at the end of last season he thought triple-doubles could become a routine for the swingman, and he showed his all-around game as Brown tweaked his lineup.
Dominic McGuire made his Bobcats debut after a left shin injury, taking Kwame Brown's active roster spot. Larry Brown said the veteran center needed rest on the second of a back-to-back as he works his way back into game shape following a severe ankle injury.
McGuire missed all five shots, but provided a spark in transition, with three rebounds, three assists and a block.
Jackson, who also had two steals, two blocks and four turnovers, last had a triple-double Feb. 4, 2009.
Notes: It was Brown's 1,323rd professional win, leaving him 13 shy of passing Don Nelson for the most all-time in the NBA and ABA. ... Bobcats owner Michael Jordan wasn't in his courtside seat for the first time this season. ... The schedule allowed for Gentry to visit his hometown of Shelby, N.C., on Friday, where he loaded up on barbecue, sweet tea and other Southern fare. ... Suns C Robin Lopez (sprained knee ligaments) was getting his knee iced at shootaround as he remains sidelined.
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