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Kelly Oubre Jr. spoils 20-point comeback for Hornets; Charlotte loses to Suns by 5

Rick Bonnell, The Charlotte Observer on

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Charlotte Hornets blew a five-point lead in the final minute, after they had recovered from a 20-point deficit, falling to the Phoenix Suns 109-104.

Kelly Oubre Jr. (23 points) made two 3-pointers in that last minute for the Suns, including one off a missed free throw, giving Phoenix back the lead 105-104 with 19.8 seconds left.

On the following possession, Devonte Graham (15 points and 13 rebounds) lost the ball out of bounds off the handoff from P.J. Washington, and then Miles Bridges fouled out the next play with 14 seconds left, sending Suns guard Ricky Rubio to the line. Rubio made both free throws to extend Phoenix's lead to three.

Graham launched a 3-pointer with nine seconds left that fell short of the rim. Terry Rozier fouled Suns guard Devin Booker with 7.9 seconds remaining, and the Hornets wouldn't get any closer.

Marvin Williams scored a season-high 22 points off the bench for the Hornets, who fell to 8-14. The Suns improved to 9-10.

 

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