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.