Brandon Knight

Hornets hold off Suns 122-115 to snap 5-game skid

Hornets coach Steve Clifford walked into his postgame press conference and smiled.

"We needed to win a game and we won a game, so that's it," he said. "That's how I feel and I'm sticking with it."

It didn't matter to Clifford that his team nearly squandered a 22-point fourth-quarter lead on Saturday night to a struggling Phoenix Suns squad playing without leading scorer Devin Booker and without any player averaging in double figures. For Clifford, the end of a five-game losing streak was enough to put him in a good mood.

Dwight Howard had 30 points and 12 rebounds, Nic Batum flirted with a triple-double as Charlotte held on to beat Phoenix...