Behind one of the best fourth quarters in franchise history, Shannon Brown helped the Phoenix Suns outlast the Charlotte Bobcats, 117-110.
Six Suns scored in double figures, led by Brown's 24 and Michael Beasley's 23. Kemba Walker had 17 points and eight assists for the Bobcats, while Byron Mullins chipped in 24 points and eight boards.
Brown simply exploded in the fourth quarter. He hit six three-pointers, helping the Suns outlast the second-half onslaught by Walker, Ben Gordon and Ramon Sessions. It was clear Brown was operating in a different world, as he was pulling up even when contested.
The win takes the Suns to 2-3 on the season, helping Alvin Gentry's team to its first road win of the year. The Bobcats drop to 1-2.
Player of the Game: C Marcin Gortat, Phoenix Suns
Gortat finished with 23 points, 10 rebounds, seven blocks, two assists and a steal on Wednesday night. He's proving his successful marriage with Steve Nash works just as well with a new partner every night, and this game was no exception.
He barely outlasts Beasley and Brown for POG honors, but his effort in blocking shots (seven) can't be ignored. Gortat is turning into one of the NBA's most underrated centers.
Up Next for the Suns
Phoenix returns to action at home on Friday, when young stud Kyrie Irving and the Cleveland Cavaliers come to town. The Suns will have their hands full with Irving and Dion Waiters, both top draft picks looking to assert themselves as one of the league's best young backcourts.
Up Next for the Bobcats
MKG and the 'Cats will travel to New Orleans on Friday to take on the Hornets. It will mark the first regular-season game between Kidd-Gilchrist and Anthony Davis, teammates at Kentucky during the team's 2012 national championship run.
Davis sat out against the Philadelphia 76ers, but will likely fight tooth and nail to get back in the lineup against his former teammate.