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Dragic isn’t letting either affect his play.
“I was kind of sad, mad, just full of emotions when I found out (about not being named an All-Star reserve), but that’s the way it is,” Dragic said. “It doesn’t matter. I just want to play hard and be with my teammates and make the playoffs.”
Marcus Morris added 15 points for the Suns, who have won five straight games and seven of their last eight. It’s the second time the Suns have won five in a row, matching their longest winning streak of the season.
Phoenix held Charlotte to 14 second-quarter points, the lowest total in that quarter for an opponent this season. The Bobcats had played the night before in Los Angeles.
“You can’t have many nights like that. We just didn’t try,” Bobcats coach Steve Clifford said. “We had no effort to start the game. If you are not ready to play or defend then you have no chance. The guys who came off the bench were worse than the starters.”
“Guys were just fighting and made it tough on him,” Suns coach Jeff Hornacek said of Jefferson, whom he coached as an assistant with the Utah Jazz. “He’ll shake his head and say ‘Why do you keep trapping me all the time?’ That’s the kind of player he is, where we have to do that to him all the time.”
Markieff Morris threw down a dunk with 3.4 seconds left in the third quarter to give the Suns a 90-63 lead. He finished with 13 points and nine rebounds.
The Bobcats cut the Suns‘ lead to 99-86 with just under four minutes left in the fourth quarter but couldn’t sustain the run.
Reserve Anthony Tolliver led Charlotte with 14 points and Jannero Pargo added 12 points and six assists.
Ish Smith’s floater with 7:05 left in the first half gave the Suns a 47-35 lead, and his driving right-hand layup made it 50-36 with 5:59 left. Marcus Morris hit a 3 off a feed from Dragic to make it 55-41, and Dragic scored the final four points of the half as the Suns closed it out on a 9-0 run.
Dragic hit 10 of 14 shots in 27 minutes of action and has 20 or more points in four straight games.
“I’m more relaxed,” Dragic said. “I know how the opponent is going to guard me. . It feels like I’m playing basketball with my friends back home, no pressure and I just go there and do my job, I get great support from my teammates and it’s just fun.”
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