CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — No matter how hard they tried, the Charlotte Bobcats couldn't stop Shannon Brown.
Brown hit six 3-pointers in the fourth quarter — most of them with a defender's hand in his face — and finished with 24 points to lead the Phoenix Suns over the Bobcats 117-110 on Wednesday night.
"That felt good," Brown said. "The one thing you don't want to do is mess the rhythm up, so I tried to keep my rhythm going and take my shots how I work on them in practice. They were falling for me."
Oh, were they ever.
Brown was 6 for 6 on 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and five of those were heavily contested, leaving Bobcats coach Mike Dunlap impressed.
"I mean, those 3s came with guys on top of him," Dunlap said. "It's not like we were coming back to the huddle and saying we didn't play effective defense. He made the some great 3s. That's about as well as he's going to do in any NBA game."
Brown, who played briefly with the Bobcats before being traded to the Los Angeles Lakers along with Adam Morrison on Feb. 7, 2009, helped break open an 87-all game early in the fourth quarter when he suddenly got hot and canned his first 3-pointer. Prior to that he was 1 of 4 from the field and had missed his previous two 3-pointers.
Brown said there was some added satisfaction in having a big game against a team that traded him, but said it was more important that the Suns earned a win.
"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."
Marci Gortat was dominant inside for the Suns, finishing with 23 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocked shots. Michael Beasley chipped in with 21 points and 15 rebounds.
Brown's sharp shooting offset a terrific night for Charlotte's Byron Mullens, who made six 3-pointers of his own and finished with 24 points and eight rebounds.
Kemba Walker added 17 points and eight assists for the Bobcats. Ramon Sessions had 17 points and nine assists.
"Yeah, we made a really good run. But it all started in the first quarter," Mullens said. "They got a lot of easy baskets on us. Gortat and Luis Scola just cut down the middle in front of my face. We just got too deep in the hole."