Dragic leads Suns to 105-95 win over Bobcats

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 1, 2014 at 11:37 pm •  Published: February 1, 2014
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PHOENIX (AP) — The sore left elbow Phoenix Suns guard Goran Dragic is dealing with might sting less than the All-Star snub he got earlier this week.

Dragic isn't letting either affect his play.

He scored 25 points and the Suns made almost 57 percent of their shots through three quarters Saturday night in a 105-95 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats.

"I was kind of sad, mad, just full of emotions when I found out (about not being named an All-Star reserve), but that's the way it is," Dragic said. "It doesn't matter. I just want to play hard and be with my teammates and make the playoffs."

Marcus Morris added 15 points for the Suns, who have won five straight games and seven of their last eight. It's the second time the Suns have won five in a row, matching their longest winning streak of the season.

Phoenix held Charlotte to 14 second-quarter points, the lowest total in that quarter for an opponent this season. The Bobcats had played the night before in Los Angeles.

"You can't have many nights like that. We just didn't try," Bobcats coach Steve Clifford said. "We had no effort to start the game. If you are not ready to play or defend then you have no chance. The guys who came off the bench were worse than the starters."

The Suns limited Al Jefferson, Charlotte's leading scorer, to just 10 points after he'd logged three straight 30-point games. He was 4 of 15 from the field and didn't play in the fourth quarter.

"Guys were just fighting and made it tough on him," Suns coach Jeff Hornacek said of Jefferson, whom he coached as an assistant with the Utah Jazz. "He'll shake his head and say 'Why do you keep trapping me all the time?' That's the kind of player he is, where we have to do that to him all the time."

Markieff Morris threw down a dunk with 3.4 seconds left in the third quarter to give the Suns a 90-63 lead. He finished with 13 points and nine rebounds.

The Bobcats cut the Suns' lead to 99-86 with just under four minutes left in the fourth quarter but couldn't sustain the run.