PHOENIX (AP) — Trailing by 26 points after only 14-plus minutes, Shannon Brown and the Phoenix Suns weren't about to give up.
Brown scored 12 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter and helped key a late 14-4 run as Phoenix rallied past the Cleveland Cavaliers 107-105 Friday night for the third-biggest comeback in franchise history.
"We just have a bunch of guys who don't want to lose," said Brown, who has consecutive 20-point games for the first time in his career. "We knew what our mistakes were and we corrected them. We've just got to do that in the first half."
The Cavaliers scored on their first nine possessions and opened an early 18-2 lead. Phoenix finished the first quarter with more turnovers (eight) than field goals (six) and allowed Cleveland to shoot 63.6 percent from the floor.
Then the Cavaliers began the second quarter with five consecutive points to open their largest lead, 42-16, with 10:26 left in the period.
"We had a lot of turnovers and there were a lot of easy baskets they were getting," Brown said. "We just had to lock in on both ends of the game. Everything kind of did a complete 180."
Michael Beasley cut the Cavaliers' lead to single digits for the first time since the opening minutes on a dunk off a fast break with 10:31 left in the third quarter, making it 62-53. But the Suns weren't able to get any closer until the final period.
Brown tied the game at 83 on a fadeaway jumper with 9:46 left and Phoenix took its first lead, 87-85, just more than 2 minutes later on a fast-break layup by Brown.
"We just didn't play smart," said Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao, who finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds. "We turned the ball over and they got back in the game. They moved the ball better and they made shots."
Dion Waiters almost single-handedly kept the Cavaliers in the game in the fourth, scoring 10 straight points during one 2-minute stretch that included a pair of 3-pointers, each of which gave Cleveland the lead.
P.J. Tucker hit a 20-foot jumper from the left corner to give the Suns a 103-102 lead with 1:32 to go. After the teams traded misses, Marcin Gortat blocked Daniel Gibson's shot and Goran Dragic found Brown streaking down the right side for a fast-break dunk and a 105-102 lead with 37.4 seconds remaining.