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Suns go for another win vs. Hornets

Nov 14, 2014 - 2:49 PM ( - The Phoenix Suns will put their two-game winning streak on the line Friday night when the Charlotte Hornets continue their road trip at US Airways Center.

The Suns will end a five-game homestand against the Hornets. It started poorly with losses to the Memphis Grizzlies and Sacramento Kings, but the Suns responded with back-to-back wins over the Golden State Warriors and Brooklyn Nets.

After Friday's tilt, the Suns hit the road for six games to face the Los Angeles Clippers, Boston Celtics, Detroit Pistons, Philadelphia 76ers, Indiana Pacers and Toronto Raptors.

Phoenix's bench led the way for the Suns again. The group, the third-best scoring reserve unit in the league, outscored Brooklyn's bench, 60-27, in Phoenix's 112-104 win on Wednesday.

Gerald Green netted 28 points and Isaiah Thomas added 21 off the bench to lead the Suns' four double-digit scorers.

"They're different in a way. Where Isaiah can really penetrate and create contact and still finish a shot ... Gerald, once he jumps, there's not a whole lot you can do," said Suns head coach Jeff Hornacek. "Those are two weapons we have coming in off the bench."

Goran Dragic had 18 points and six assists to lead the starters for the Suns. Eric Bledsoe chipped in 11.

The Hornets will play game three of a four-game western odyssey, which has not started wonderfully for Charlotte. The Hornets dropped the first two games and fell under .500.

First up, the Hornets gave the Los Angeles Lakers their first win of the season, a 15-point drubbing at that. On Tuesday, the Hornets were in it until the very end, but lost, 102-100, to the Portland Trail Blazers at the Moda Center.

Charlotte's Gary Neal thought he forced overtime with a driving layup past Portland's Damian Lillard as time expired.

But officials reviewed the play and ruled that the ball was still touching Neal's right hand as the buzzer sounded, giving the Trail Blazers the hard- fought victory.

"You know playing a playoff team like Portland, you can't expect to get bailed out with a foul on that one," said Neal. "That's why I went to the basket as hard as I did. I was just a tenth of a second too late."

Al Jefferson paced Charlotte with 22 points and Lance Stephenson posted a double-double with 14 points and 14 boards. It was the fourth straight time the 6-foot-5 Stephenson finished with double-digit rebounds and fifth in eight games this season.

Kemba Walker added 16 points, followed by 12 apiece from Brian Roberts and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. Neal finished with nine.

The Hornets will close out the road trip Saturday at Oracle Arena to face the Golden State Warriors.

The Suns have taken five in a row against the Hornets, including three straight as the host.