Kelly Oubre Jr. hit two 3-point baskets in the final minute to rescue the Phoenix Suns, who blew a big lead and then recovered to defeat the host Charlotte Hornets 109-104 on Monday night.
Charlotte, which overcame a 20-point halftime hole, was up 104-97 before the Suns made a furious rally by scoring the game’s final 12 points in the last minute.
After Oubre’s second trey in a row gave Phoenix a 105-104 lead at the 19.8-second mark, the Hornets failed to convert again on offense. Suns guard Ricky Rubio made two free throws, and then Charlotte’s Devonte’ Graham missed on a potential tying 3-point attempt.
Devin Booker sealed it with two more free throws.
Oubre finished with 23 points, missing the first seven of his 3-point attempts before hitting twice from long range in the last minute. Booker also had 23 points, while Dario Saric posted 16 points and 10 rebounds and Frank Kaminsky and Mikal Bridges both had 12 points.
Kaminsky, a former Hornet in his first season with Phoenix, made the first basket in the 12-0 run.
Marvin Williams scored 22 points off the bench for Charlotte. The Hornets received 15 points and 13 assists from Graham. Terry Rozier had 13 points while P.J. Washington and Cody Zeller both finished with 11 points.
Consecutive 3-pointers from Williams and Rozier propelled the Hornets to a 96-92 edge with less than five minutes remaining. They didn’t score in the final 1:45.
The Suns, who were in the first game of a four-game road trip, got off to a strong start. Phoenix built a 59-39 halftime lead, scoring 24 points across the final nine minutes of the half.
Charlotte closed within six late in the third quarter.
Charlotte, beginning a five-game homestand, committed 15 first-half turnovers compared to only three charged to the Suns. The Hornets’ problems also included 4-for-16 shooting from 3-point range in the half, though the Suns were just 5 of 20.
Overall, Phoenix made 9 of 42 from long distance while Charlotte was 7 of 26. The Hornets committed 19 turnovers to the Suns’ eight.
In the second quarter, Charlotte forward Nicolas Batum departed with a hand injury.