Friday , Dec , 30 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Bobcats host Suns

(Sports Network) – The Pacific Division-leading Phoenix Suns play the third
contest of a five-game road trip when they visit the Bobcats tonight at
Charlotte Bobcats Arena.

Phoenix owns a one-game lead over the Los Angeles Clippers in the Pacific.

The Suns are 2-0 on the current road trip and will try and extend their
overall winning streak to three games. On Wednesday, Shawn Marion poured
in a game-high 28 points to lead Phoenix past the Washington Wizards, 104-99,
at the MCI Center.

Reigning MVP Steve Nash finished with 19 points and 16 assists, while James
Jones contributed 16 points and seven boards in the win over Washington for
the Suns, who have won four of their last six games overall.

Phoenix is 7-4 as the visitor this season. The Suns will visit Chicago and New
York in the final two contests of the road trip.

Charlotte will also try to win its third straight game. On Wednesday, Melvin
Ely tied a season-high with 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the
Bobcats past the Chicago Bulls, 93-80, on their home court.

Primoz Brezec finished with 17 points and a season-best 14 boards, while
Gerald Wallace added 12 points in the win over Chicago for the Bobcats, who
have won four of their last five games overall. Matt Carroll scored 11 in the

The Bobcats are 6-8 as the host this season. They have won two of their last
three at home.

This is the first of two meetings between the clubs this season. The Suns are
scheduled to host the Bobcats on February 25, 2006 at America West Arena.

Phoenix has won the only two contests between these teams.