Bombs Away! Suns' Bombs Beat Bobcats

Balanced attack keeps Phoenix's perfect record against Charlotte intact
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 5, 2008 1:34 AM CST
Phoenix Suns center Amare Stoudemire, right, swipes at the ball as Charlotte Bobcats center Emeka Okafor, left, attempts a shot in the first quarter of an NBA game Monday, Feb. 4, 2008, in Phoenix. (AP...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Phoenix found the stroke from outside, making 16 three-pointers, and improved its all-time record against this version of Charlotte's NBA franchise to 8-0 with a 118-104 win. Leandro Barbosa led the Suns with 30 points; Raja Bell and Amare Stoudemire netted 24 apiece. Charlotte's zone defense couldn't shut down Phoenix, which shot 63% in the second half, reports the Arizona Republic.

The Suns bounced back from Thursday's disappointing three-point home loss to San Antonio with Bell converting seven shots from long distance. Charlotte, loser of four straight, was only down three at the half thanks to a solid shooting performance - but then the up-tempo Suns took control, draining baskets from everywhere. Jason Richardson led the Bobcats with 25 points.