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Suns down Bobcats to end four-game skid

Charlotte, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Channing Frye made 5-of-7 from behind the arc en route to 20 points to lead the Phoenix Suns to a 98-91 win over the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday.

P.J. Tucker made all six of his shots for 17 points for Phoenix, which gained the lead late in the first quarter and never relinquished it despite a late push by the home team.

"I'll take a win but that was pretty sketchy at the end," said Frye. "We're young and still trying to figure it out, but winning is winning and I'll take that any day of the week."

The Bobcats trailed by as many as 21 points early in the fourth quarter but a late 12-1 surge made it 96-91 before time ran out on the comeback effort.

"For 44 minutes we played really well," said Phoenix head coach Jeff Hornacek. "Guys were helping each other out, we were moving the ball."

Goran Dragic and Gerald Green scored 14 points apiece and Markieff Morris tallied 11 points and nine rebounds off the bench as the Suns climbed back to .500 after dropping four in a row.

Gerald Henderson's 17 points paced Charlotte in the losing effort. Kemba Walker and Ramon Sessions netted 16 and 15 points, respectively.

"We're not going to win games if we have 18 turnovers," said Bobcats head coach Steve Clifford. "If we're low turnover, we're going to have a chance to win."

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored five of his nine points in the opening moments to boost Charlotte to a 9-4 lead. The hosts held their edge until Marcus Morris scored four straight to tie the score at 24-24 with 35 seconds left in the first. Frye's 3 with 2.3 seconds showing had Phoenix in front for the first time.

Frye opened the second period the same way he ended the first, nailing a deep trey on the initial possession. His long ball midway through the frame made it a 44-34 game.

Charlotte shot 0-for-4 from deep in the first half and trailed 55-44 at the break.

The Suns led by double figures for most of the third. They scored the first 10 points of the fourth to extend the lead to 84-63.

Game Notes

Phoenix made 10-of-23 (43.5 percent) from 3-point range while Charlotte made just 3-of-14 (21.4 percent) ... Al Jefferson scored a season-low nine points for the Bobcats ... The Bobcats outscored the Suns 48-26 in the paint ... Phoenix heads to Orlando on Sunday for the middle test of a three-game road trip.

11/22 23:31:54 ET

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2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
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y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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Scoreboard
Local
4th
NOR 0
DUR 0
 
Final
CHC 1
CIN 4
3rd
PIT 1
MIL 0
 
3rd
WAS 0
STL 0
 
3rd
CLE 0
TOR 0
 
2nd
DET 0
ANA 0
 
2nd
NYM 0
ATL 1
 
2nd
BOS 0
BAL 1
 
2nd
TAM 0
NYY 0
 
1st
MIA 2
SEA 0
 
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TEX
CWS
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KAN
MIN
8:40pm Tonight
COL
PHI
10:05pm Tonight
OAK
HOU
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LOS
ARI
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SDP
SFG
1st
TAM 0
MON 0
 
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BOS
DET
10:00pm Tonight
ANA
DAL
4th
NOR 0
DUR 0