The Phoenix Suns got 24 points and four fourth-quarter 3-pointers from Shannon Brown to hold off the Charlotte Bobcats 117-110 Wednesday at Time Warner Cable Arena.
Brown was with the Bobcats several seasons ago before being included in the trade that sent Adam Morrison to the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Bobcats got 24 points from Byron Mullens, who made six 3-pointers. The Bobcats fell to 1-2.
The Bobcats made up most of a 16-point deficit in the last five minutes of the third quarter to trail 85-81 entering the final period. They made 13-of-22 field-goal attempts in the third. Mullens scored 12 in the third and rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, after going scoreless in the first half, had seven in the third.
While the Bobcats shot only 42 percent overall, they made nine of 17 from 3-point range in the first three quarters to make it a game.
The Bobcats shot 33 percent in the first half to trail 60-46.
The Bobcats lost shooting guard Gerald Henderson on Tuesday for what could be a month with a sprained left foot. Coach Mike Dunlap chose to replace him in the starting lineup with rookie Jeff Taylor, joining Kidd-Gilchrist. Those two combined to go scoreless in the first half, missing all four of their shots in 18 minutes.
Among the other Bobcats, only power forward Mullens was effective offensively, making five of nine shots for 12 points. That couldnt keep pace with Suns forward Beasley and center Marcin Gortat, who combined for 29 first-half points on 11-of-18 shooting.
Although Taylor started, he played only six first-half minutes, yielding first to Ben Gordon and then to Ramon Sessions. Sessions made one of his four first-half shots, but he got to the foul line six times to finish the half with eight points.
After doing a good job in their first two games of minimizing their turnovers, the Bobcats lost the ball nine times in the first half. Kidd-Gilchrist committed two turnovers in the games first 2 and a half minutes.
The Suns, who had been blown out in back-to-back games in Orlando and Miami, had a good shooting half, making 48 percent from the field. Beasley, one of nine new Suns this season, made half his 10 shots from the field and created six trips to the foul line.
Dunlap said before the regular season he planned to run a 10-man rotation. He held true to that in the first half. Only Matt Carroll, DeSagana Diop and Cory Higgins didnt play.
The Bobcats will be in New Orleans Friday to play the Hornets, then come home for a Saturday game against the Dallas Mavericks the only NBA team the Bobcats have never beaten.
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