Suns rout Bucks; Walker leads Bobcats past Kings

The Sports Xchange/Reuters

Posted at Jan 05 2014 04:35 PM | Updated as of Jan 06 2014 12:35 AM

Suns 116, Bucks 100

After being projected to be NBA doormats this season, the surprising Phoenix Suns got win 20 Saturday night, rolling to a 116-100 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.

Guard Gerald Green shot nine-for-14 for 24 points to lead the Suns (20-12).

Forward Channing Frye, who shot six-for-nine on three-pointers, added 22 points plus seven rebounds and two blocks. Guard Brandon Knight led the Bucks (7-26) with 25 points.

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Bobcats 113, Kings 103

Point guard Kemba Walker scored 30 points, and center Al Jefferson scored 10 of his 25 down the stretch as the Charlotte Bobcats snapped a five-game losing streak with a 113-103 victory over the Sacramento Kings.

Jefferson scored 10 straight points in the final quarter, and guard Ramon Sessions added two big buckets among his 12 points early in the final frame to keep Sacramento at bay.

Charlotte also ended a four-game road losing streak and produced its best shooting night of the season.

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76ers 101, Trail Blazers 99

Forward Thaddeus Young tied his season high with 30 points as the Philadelphia 76ers pulled out a dramatic 101-99 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.

Forward Evan Turner added 23 points and seven rebounds for the 76ers (12-21), who won their fourth straight game.

Forward LaMarcus Aldridge scored 29 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for Portland (26-8), which lost for the fourth time at home this season.

Portland had a chance to force overtime, but guard Damian Lillard's scoop shot failed in the closing seconds.