Charlotte Bobcats guard Stephen Jackson did something he can tell his kids.
The 6-8, 230 pound guard had the franchise’s first triple-double in a 123-105 victory over the Phoenix Suns (6-7) at Time Warner Cable Arena.
Jackson went 10-of-13 shooting and had 24 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. In addition, this was the second triple-double on his career.
“Coach (Larry Brown) told me I needed to get a rebound and two assists (at the timeout with 4:45 remaining in the game), but when Matt (Carroll) and Shaun (Livingston) came into the game (with 2:22 remaining), I was ready to come out,” said Jackson. “We needed a win, and I was happy that we were getting the win. I wasn’t even concerned about the triple-double.
“But that’s one thing about coach that we all love – he wanted me to stay in the game and the wanted me to get the triple-double even though I didn’t want to get it. I thank coach for thinking about me and putting me first.”
Jackson wasn’t the only strong performance, though.
Bobcats forward Boris Diaw scored a season-high 26 points and had six assists. Point guard D.J. Augustin had 16 points, five assists, and six rebounds, and forward Tyrus Thomas had 22 points and six rebounds off the bench.
“The bench was great,” said Bobcats coach Larry Brown. “Phoenix had 18 points in the first five minutes. Our bench came in and I think they had 25 in the first quarter. The bench held them to seven points in the last seven minutes (of the first quarter). I think that set the tone.
“We had a lot of guys that made tremendous contributions. I thought Dominic (McGuire) did a lot of things that we’ve been looking for like hustle plays, getting loose balls and defending, so it’s a good win after last night.”
The Bobcats 95-87 loss to the Miami Heat on Friday night didn’t affect their Saturday night effort before a crowd of 16,428. Charlotte (5-8) was focused the entire game and built a huge third quarter lead, which they outscored the Suns 34-23.
Charlotte went into the final period with an 89-74 lead, but Phoenix was able to get the Bobcats’ lead down to 98-90 after Suns forward Hakim Warrick hit a free throw to complete a three-point play with 6:58 left in the game.
But the Suns never came any closer, and the Bobcats went on a 9-2 run.
Suns coach Alvin Gentry didn’t hold back after the game, either.
He said his team play bad defense and gave up open 3-pointers. Gentry didn’t care that his team was playing without two-time MVP Steve Nash, who had a groin injury. There are no excuses, he added.
Gentry called the third quarter a “layup drill.” He noted the Bobcats came into the game averaging 93 points, but Charlotte was able to score 30 more points than its average.
“Every team is a good team,” he said. “The Bobcats just took Miami to the limit last night and probably should have won. For us to not come out and play them tonight is disappointing. There is no excuse.”
The Bobcats led 55-51 at halftime. Augustin had 10 points and Jackson had 12 points in the first half. The Bobcats started the first quarter game well too. The Bobcats led 30-25 after the first quarter.
But a game that was close in the first half quickly turned into a blowout in the second half, giving the Suns their third straight loss.
Suns point guard Goran Dragic did a good job filling in for Nash. He had 17 points, 10 assists and no turnovers. Forward Grant Hill added a season-high 23 points and three rebounds.
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