Suns rally from 26 down to beat Cavaliers 107-105
- Article by: JONATHAN DALTON
- Associated Press
- November 9, 2012 - 10:53 PM
PHOENIX - Shannon Brown scored 12 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter and helped key a late 14-4 run as the Phoenix Suns rallied from a 26-point deficit to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 107-105 Friday night.
P.J. Tucker hit a 20-foot jumper from the left corner to give the Suns a 103-102 lead with 1:32 to go. After the teams traded misses, Marcin Gortat blocked Daniel Gibson's shot and Goran Dragic found Brown streaking down the right side for a fast-break dunk and a 105-102 lead with 37.4 seconds remaining.
Dragic made one of two free throws but Gibson connected on a 3-pointer with 13.1 seconds to play to pull the Cavaliers to 106-105. Sebastian Telfair dribbled the clock down to 5.1 seconds and made one of two free throws to make it 107-105.
Kyrie Irving had a chance to win it for Cleveland as time expired but his 3-pointer from the top of the key bounced off the back of the rim.
Dragic scored 26 points for the Suns, who posted the third-biggest comeback in franchise history. Telfair added 13 and Gortat had 12.
Dion Waiters scored 12 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter for the Cavaliers, who scored on their first nine possessions to open an 18-2 lead 4 minutes into the game. They were up 42-16 with 10:47 to go in the second quarter, but Phoenix slowly chipped away and used a 6-2 run in the final minute of the first half to pull within 62-49 at halftime.
Michael Beasley cut the Cavaliers' lead to single digits for the first time since the opening minutes on a dunk off a fast break with 10:31 left in the third quarter, making it 62-53, but the Suns weren't able to get any closer until the final period.
Brown tied the game at 83 on a fadeaway jumper with 9:46 left and Phoenix took its first lead, 87-85, just more than 2 minutes later on a fast-break layup by Brown.
Waiters almost single-handedly kept the Cavaliers in the game in the fourth, scoring 10 straight points during one 2-minute stretch that included a pair of 3-pointers, each of which gave Cleveland the lead.
Gibson finished with 19 points and Irving had 17.
NOTES: The Suns overcame a 29-point deficit in Boston in 2003 for the franchise record. . At 3-3, Phoenix is at .500 for the first time this season and has won consecutive games for the first time since April 7-9. . The Suns have trailed by double digits in all three of their home games. . Waiters finished 9 of 13 from the floor, including 3 of 5 on 3-point attempts. . Gibson had five 3-pointers and is within seven of Danny Ferry for fourth on the Cavaliers' career list. . Cleveland has lost four of its past five against the Suns.
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