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The Suns' Robin Lopez, on his 24th birthday, scored all 10 of his points in the nine minutes of the second quarter on 2 of 2 shooting and 6 of 6 from the foul line. Frye had eight points and nine rebounds in the first half.
The Hornets, already ravaged by injuries, lost Chris Johnson with a concussion in the first half.
NOTES: The Suns play seven of their next eight on the road. ... After dressing just eight players the previous two games, New Orleans had 10 this time with the return of Chris Kaman from a five-game absence due to illness and Gustavo Ayon from a three-game leave for the birth of his child. ... The Suns' Markieff Morris missed his second straight game with the flu but coach Alvin Gentry said the rookie forward is expected back for Tuesday's game against the Clippers in Los Angeles. ... Phoenix won the season series 3-1.
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