Hornets erase 21-point deficit to trample Suns
Phoenix— Nicolas Batum scored 22 points and the Charlotte Hornets rallied from a 21-point second-half deficit to beat the Phoenix Suns 115-110 on Sunday.
Kemba Walker and Dwight Howard added 18 apiece for the Hornets, who staged their biggest comeback of the season and matched their season best with three straight wins.
Rookie Josh Jackson scored a career-high 23 and T.J. Warren added 21 for the Suns, who led 78-57 with 7:53 left in the third quarter. Devin Booker and Dragan Bender added 18 apiece.
Booker, already playing with bruised ribs, left the game with a left hip pointer with 6:53 to play. Phoenix played without forward Marquese Chriss due to a team rules violation.
The Hornets, opening a four-game trip through the West, outscored the Suns 20-2 to start the fourth quarter. Booker was hurt fouling Cody Zeller on a layup, and that three-point play capped the outburst and gave Charlotte a 106-96 lead.
Bender’s driving dunk cut it to 112-107 with 1:31 left before Treveon Graham sealed the win with a 3-pointer with 34.8 seconds to play. Graham scored eight of his 15 points in the fourth quarter. Jeremy Lamb also scored 15 for Charlotte.
A 15-6 second-quarter run helped Phoenix build a 59-48 halftime lead.
Phoenix made four consecutive 3s — two by Booker, one by Warren and one by Bender — to take that 78-57 lead.
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