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Defense -- yes, defense -- lifts Suns over Rockets


By Michael Murphy, for NBA.com
Posted Wednesday November 18, 2009 12:49AM

HOUSTON (NBA.com exclusive) -- The Rockets have been one of the league's better stories this season, devoting themselves to run-and-gun basketball after losing superstars Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady to injuries, and forward Ron Artest to free agency.

That plan of attack has usually been good enough to present problems for opponents. But on Tuesday night, the Rockets ran into the Phoenix Suns, who not only are the undisputed masters of end-to-end action, but a pretty good story themselves after an offseason of retooling has led to a white-hot start.

But the story on this night was how the Suns were able to give the young whippersnappers from Houston a lesson or two not only about how to get the ball out and run, but also how to play a little defense, rallying from a 15-point first-half deficit to run off with a 111-105 victory before a crowd of 16,396 at Toyota Center.

And while their offense gets plenty of attention, the Suns won this game by clamping down on down the Rockets in the final minutes. Scrambling on their rotations and pounding the boards, the Suns limited the Rockets to 32 percent shooting in the fourth quarter (9-for-28).

The Suns also had four of their nine blocks in the fourth, outscoring the Rockets 33-23 to become the league's first 10-win team.

"We've been pretty good [defensively] in the fourth quarter," said Suns coach Alvin Gentry. "If you look at the stats, I think we've been holding teams to 43 percent shooting in the fourth quarter. Tonight, I just thought we did a good job of taking away some of their driving lanes and such."

It was the fifth time this season that the Suns were able to overcome a double-digit deficit and pull out a win.

"I think we have a little toughness," said Nash, who finished with 12 points (despite only 2-for-10 shooting) and 16 assists. "Physically, we're not the toughest group, but mentally we're tough. We battle. We weren't battling early, and we saw what happened."

What happened was the Rockets, led by Aaron Brooks (16 points, 13 assists) and Trevor Ariza (19 points), blew out to a 49-34 lead midway through the second quarter. But the Rockets were unable to slam the door, allowing the Suns to creep back to within 55-52 at the half.

"We were up big, by 15, but we let them back in the game," Ariza said. "And then they executed better than us down the stretch."

Did they ever.

The game was tied at 98-98 when the Suns started to do what they do best, work the offense.

Nash found Jason Richardson for a layup, the last of his 20 points, and then got a backbreaking play from Channing Frye, a 3-pointer from the top of the key as the shot clock was about to expire, to put the Suns up 103-98 with 1:49 to play.

"That was big," said Gentry of Frye's shot. "We're still trying to get him [Frye] in a situation where he's shooting without thinking. He's still going through a little bit of a transition, but he's getting much better at it. He has the ability to space the floor for us, which opens up lanes for Steve."

After the Rockets got a free throw from Carl Landry, who had a career-high 27 points (13-for-18 shooting) and added nine rebounds, the Suns got a muscle layup from Jarron Collins for a 105-99 lead with just over a minute remaining.

"We had some guys in foul trouble, so I knew I had to be ready to contribute," said Collins, who scored all six of his points in the fourth. "You have to be ready, no matter what. When I'm on the bench, I try to stay into the game and mentally ready.

"Sometimes that's not the easiest thing to do, but I really do pride myself on being a professional and ready to go in. When I'm called upon, I just go out there and try to give my team a lift."

Actually, it was another game in which the Suns got lifts from just about everyone, whether it was 23 points from Amar'e Stoudemire, shooting over and around the Rockets' pint-sized front line, or 34 points and 15 rebounds from the bench players.

"That's been a great characteristic of our team this year -- we've had some really solid efforts from a lot of people," Nash said. "I think we have a lot of resiliency and depth, and that's the key to a lot of our wins."

The Rockets are still finding their identity.

The Rockets were feeling pretty good about themselves, heading back home after knocking off the Lakers in Los Angeles. But after all the back-slapping following the win over the Lakers, Tuesday's loss was a cold slap of reality for the still-learning Rockets.

"This is a youth loss, I think," said Houston forward Shane Battier. "We are still in the emerging stages, trying to figure out what's good for us, especially down the stretch. That's something that we are going to have to go through. We have to look at this game and learn from our mistakes in the fourth quarter and grow."

Suns
Rockets
     
    • 51.9%

    • 44.3%

    • 28.6%

    • 34.6%

    • 71.9%

    • 76.9%

  • FG %
  • 3FG%
  • FT %
PHX HOU
Total Rebounds 16 4
Offensive Rebounds 5 13
Turnovers 12 7
Fast Break Pts: 8 19
Biggest Lead: 8 15
Points in the Paint: 46 52
PHX HOU
p Stoudemire   23 Landry   27
rb Hill   7 2 players   9
a Nash   16 Brooks   13
s 3 players   1 Ariza   3
b 3 players   2 Andersen   1
PHX HOU
p Stoudemire   23 Landry   27
rb Hill   7 2 players   9
a Nash   16 Brooks   13
s 3 players   1 Ariza   3
b 3 players   2 Andersen   1
 
  • 11/22 - PHX @ HOU
  • 03/08 - HOU @ PHX
  • 03/14 - PHX @ HOU
Phoenix Suns (54-28)
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
G. Hill F 30:13 5-6 0-0 1-2 +5 1 6 7 0 1 1 1 0 0 11
A. Stoudemire F 38:00 8-14 0-1 7-10 +7 0 6 6 4 4 0 3 1 0 23
C. Frye C 25:14 4-10 3-8 0-0 +4 0 4 4 1 6 1 1 2 0 11
J. Richardson G 32:08 8-14 2-7 2-2 +6 0 5 5 0 2 0 1 2 0 20
S. Nash G 37:06 2-10 0-1 8-9 +6 0 3 3 16 1 0 3 0 0 12
L. Amundson   19:46 2-2 0-0 1-1 -2 0 1 1 0 3 0 0 1 0 5
L. Barbosa   15:52 4-10 0-1 1-3 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 1 0 9
J. Dudley   18:09 2-5 1-2 3-4 0 2 4 6 1 0 1 1 0 1 8
G. Dragic   10:54 3-5 0-1 0-0 0 0 2 2 1 1 0 1 0 0 6
J. Collins   12:38 3-3 0-0 0-1 +4 2 4 6 1 2 0 0 2 0 6
E. Clark DNP - Coach's Decision
A. Tucker DNP - Coach's Decision
Total   240 41-79 6-21 23-32   5 35 40 26 21 3 12 9 1 111
  51.9% 28.6% 71.9%   team rebs: 16 total to: 12
Houston Rockets (42-40)
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
S. Battier F 32:00 4-8 1-4 1-2 -4 0 3 3 2 3 0 2 0 0 10
L. Scola F-C 31:32 5-9 0-0 2-2 +1 1 4 5 1 3 0 4 0 0 12
C. Hayes C-F 19:58 2-5 0-0 0-0 +4 4 4 8 2 4 1 0 0 1 4
T. Ariza G 38:57 8-21 3-5 0-0 -2 1 8 9 4 3 3 0 0 2 19
A. Brooks G 42:28 5-18 3-11 3-3 +5 1 2 3 13 2 0 1 0 1 16
K. Lowry   16:58 1-4 0-1 2-2 -14 0 2 2 1 3 0 0 0 1 4
C. Landry   30:06 13-18 0-0 1-2 -17 6 3 9 1 5 0 0 0 1 27
D. Andersen   14:02 2-7 0-1 1-2 -1 0 2 2 1 2 0 0 1 1 5
C. Budinger   13:59 3-7 2-4 0-0 -2 0 3 3 1 2 0 0 0 2 8
B. Cook DNP - Coach's Decision
J. Taylor DNP - Coach's Decision
Total   240 43-97 9-26 10-13   13 31 44 26 27 4 7 1 9 105
  44.3% 34.6% 76.9%   team rebs: 4 total to: 9

inactive

  • Suns: Griffin, Lopez
  • Rockets: Dorsey, McGrady, Yao

technical fouls

  • Suns: Gentry
  • Rockets: --

scoring

  • Lead Changes: 18
  • Times Tied: 8

arena stats

  • Arena: Toyota Center, Houston, TX
  • Officials: #17 Joe Crawford, #56 Mark Ayotte, #55 Bill Kennedy
  • Attendance: 16396
  • Duration: 2:17
Phoenix Suns (22-13) Houston Rockets (20-15)
Start of 1st Quarter
(12:00) Jump Ball Scola vs Stoudemire (Nash gains possession)
Stoudemire Layup Shot: Missed  11:39  
  11:38 Scola Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  11:19 Battier Turnover : Out of Bounds Lost Ball Turnover (1 TO) 
  11:10 Battier Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
Richardson Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS)  11:10
[PHX 1-0]
 
Richardson Free Throw 2 of 2 (2 PTS)  11:10
[PHX 2-0]
 
  10:48 Battier 3pt Shot: Missed 
  10:46 Hayes Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  10:42
[HOU 3-2]
Ariza 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Hayes (1 AST) 
Hill Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Nash (1 AST)  10:33
[PHX 4-3]
 
  10:23
[HOU 6-4]
Brooks 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) 
Frye 3pt Shot: Missed  10:14  
  10:13 Brooks Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  10:08 Ariza Driving Layup Shot: Missed Block: Stoudemire (1 BLK) 
  10:08 Team Rebound 
  09:59 Ariza Jump Bank Shot: Missed 
Stoudemire Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  09:58  
Hill Turnaround Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Nash (2 AST)  09:42
[PHX 6-6]
 
  09:25
[HOU 9-6]
Battier 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Brooks (1 AST) 
Nash Layup Shot: Missed  09:17  
  09:16 Hayes Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  09:10
[HOU 12-6]
Ariza 3pt Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Brooks (2 AST) 
Nash Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed  08:54  
  08:53 Hayes Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  08:41
[HOU 14-6]
Scola Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Brooks (3 AST) 
Richardson 3pt Shot: Missed  08:29  
  08:28 Ariza Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  08:25 Brooks Foul : Offensive (1 PF) 
  08:25 Brooks Turnover : Foul (1 TO) 
Hill Jump Shot: Missed  08:14  
  08:13 Battier Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  07:53 Brooks 3pt Shot: Missed 
Richardson Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  07:52  
Frye 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Nash (3 AST)  07:43
[PHX 9-14]
 
  07:28 Scola Turnaround Hook Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  07:27  
Stoudemire Foul : Offensive (1 PF)  07:20  
Stoudemire Turnover : Foul (1 TO)  07:20  
  07:07
[HOU 16-9]
Battier Hook Shot: Made (5 PTS) 
Nash Jump Shot: Missed  06:55  
  06:54 Hayes Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
  06:49
[HOU 19-9]
Brooks 3pt Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Hayes (2 AST) 
Team Timeout : Regular  06:44  
Frye Foul : Offensive (1 PF)  06:33  
Frye Turnover : Foul (1 TO)  06:33  
  06:18
[HOU 21-9]
Hayes Reverse Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Battier (1 AST) 
Stoudemire Hook Shot: Made (2 PTS)  06:01
[PHX 11-21]
 
  05:43 Hayes Layup Shot: Missed 
Stoudemire Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  05:41  
Frye 3pt Shot: Missed  05:30  
  05:29 Ariza Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
Frye Foul : Personal (2 PF)  05:18  
Frye Substitution replaced by Amundson  05:18  
  05:11
[HOU 23-11]
Battier Hook Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: Ariza (1 AST) 
  04:58 Hayes Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
Stoudemire Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS)  04:58
[PHX 12-23]
 
Stoudemire Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS)  04:58
[PHX 13-23]
 
  04:41
[HOU 25-13]
Ariza Pullup Jump shot: Made (8 PTS) 
Richardson Running Reverse Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS)  04:24
[PHX 15-25]
 
Richardson Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  04:05  
  04:05 Battier Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  04:05 Team Rebound 
  04:05
[HOU 26-15]
Battier Free Throw 2 of 2 (8 PTS) 
Richardson Layup Shot: Missed  03:49  
  03:48 Battier Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  03:37 Scola Hook Shot: Missed 
  03:36 Hayes Rebound (Off:2 Def:3) 
  03:36
[HOU 28-15]
Hayes Tip Shot: Made (4 PTS) 
Stoudemire Jump Shot: Missed  03:22  
  03:21 Scola Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  03:14 Brooks 3pt Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  03:14  
Hill Jump Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Nash (4 AST)  02:56
[PHX 17-28]
 
  02:30 Brooks 3pt Shot: Missed 
Richardson Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  02:28  
Battier Violation:Kicked Ball  02:23  
  02:23 Team Timeout : Regular 
Hill Substitution replaced by Barbosa  02:23  
Richardson Substitution replaced by Dudley  02:23  
  02:23 Battier Substitution replaced by Lowry 
  02:23 Scola Substitution replaced by Landry 
Dudley Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Ariza (1 ST)  02:19  
  02:00 Brooks Running Jump Shot: Missed 
Dudley Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  01:59  
Stoudemire Turnover : Lost Ball (2 TO) Steal:Hayes (1 ST)  01:47  
  01:41
[HOU 30-17]
Ariza Layup Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Brooks (4 AST) 
Amundson Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Nash (5 AST)  01:26
[PHX 19-30]
 
  01:26 Hayes Foul : Shooting (2 PF) 
  01:26 Hayes Substitution replaced by Andersen 
Amundson Free Throw 1 of 1 (3 PTS)  01:26
[PHX 20-30]
 
  01:10
[HOU 32-20]
Andersen Turnaround Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Dudley 3pt Shot: Missed  01:00  
  00:59.7 Brooks Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  00:38.8
[HOU 34-20]
Landry Jump Bank Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Brooks (5 AST) 
Stoudemire Jump Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Nash (6 AST)  00:26.0
[PHX 22-34]
 
  00:02.8 Brooks Layup Shot: Missed Block: Amundson (1 BLK) 
  00:02.0 Landry Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  00:02.0 Team Turnover : Shot Clock Turnover 
Barbosa Jump Shot: Missed  00:00.0  
Team Rebound  00:00.0  
End of 1st Quarter
Phoenix Suns (22-13) Houston Rockets (20-15)
Start of 2nd QuarterBack to Top
  11:43
[HOU 36-22]
Lowry Driving Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Dudley 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Dragic (1 AST)  11:24
[PHX 25-36]
 
Dragic Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  11:20  
  11:20
[HOU 37-25]
Brooks Free Throw 1 of 2 (7 PTS) 
  11:20
[HOU 38-25]
Brooks Free Throw 2 of 2 (8 PTS) 
Landry Violation:Defensive Goaltending  10:59  
Dragic Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS)  10:59
[PHX 27-38]
 
  10:46
[HOU 40-27]
Andersen Turnaround Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Brooks (6 AST) 
Barbosa Jump Shot: Missed  10:35  
  10:33 Landry Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  10:27 Andersen 3pt Shot: Missed 
Frye Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  10:26  
  10:16 Andersen Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
Barbosa Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  10:16  
Team Rebound  10:16  
Barbosa Free Throw 2 of 2 (1 PTS)  10:16
[PHX 28-40]
 
  10:01 Lowry 3pt Shot: Missed 
Frye Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  10:00  
Frye 3pt Shot: Missed  09:50  
  09:49 Lowry Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
Amundson Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  09:39  
  09:39 Andersen Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  09:39 Team Rebound 
  09:39
[HOU 41-28]
Andersen Free Throw 2 of 2 (5 PTS) 
Dragic 3pt Shot: Missed  09:24  
  09:23 Andersen Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  09:17
[HOU 43-28]
Landry Dunk Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Budinger (1 AST) 
Barbosa Jump Shot: Made (3 PTS)  09:01
[PHX 30-43]
 
  08:44 Budinger 3pt Shot: Missed 
Amundson Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  08:43  
Dragic Layup Shot: Missed  08:39  
Dudley Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  08:38  
Dudley Layup Shot: Missed Block: Andersen (1 BLK)  08:36  
  08:35 Andersen Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  08:29
[HOU 45-30]
Landry Dunk Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Brooks (7 AST) 
Barbosa Driving Layup Shot: Made (5 PTS)  08:13
[PHX 32-45]
 
  08:13 Lowry Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
Timeout : Official  08:13  
Amundson Substitution replaced by Stoudemire  08:13  
Barbosa Free Throw 1 of 1 Missed  08:13  
  08:13 Budinger Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  07:59 Landry Jump Shot: Missed 
  07:57 Landry Rebound (Off:2 Def:1) 
  07:57
[HOU 47-32]
Landry Tip Shot: Made (8 PTS) 
  07:38 Brooks Foul : Personal (2 PF) 
  07:35 Andersen Foul : Personal (2 PF) 
Dragic Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Stoudemire (1 AST)  07:25
[PHX 34-47]
 
  07:09
[HOU 49-34]
Budinger Driving Dunk Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Stoudemire Jump Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Frye (1 AST)  06:55
[PHX 36-49]
 
Team Violation : Delay Of Game  06:55  
  06:36 Andersen Jump Shot: Missed 
Dragic Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  06:35  
Barbosa Pullup Jump shot: Missed  06:20  
  06:19 Budinger Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  06:12 Budinger 3pt Shot: Missed 
Stoudemire Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  06:11  
Dudley Layup Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Barbosa (1 AST)  06:03
[PHX 38-49]
 
  05:57 Team Timeout : Regular 
  05:57 Brooks Substitution replaced by Ariza 
  05:57 Andersen Substitution replaced by Scola 
  05:57 Budinger Substitution replaced by Battier 
Barbosa Substitution replaced by Richardson  05:57  
Dudley Substitution replaced by Hill  05:57  
Dragic Substitution replaced by Nash  05:57  
  05:45 Landry Jump Shot: Missed 
Nash Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  05:44  
Frye 3pt Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Nash (7 AST)  05:35
[PHX 41-49]
 
  05:18 Ariza 3pt Shot: Missed 
Hill Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  05:17  
Stoudemire Jump Shot: Made (10 PTS)  05:01
[PHX 43-49]
 
Stoudemire Foul : Personal (2 PF)  04:51  
  04:41 Lowry Jump Shot: Missed 
Richardson Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  04:40  
Nash Turnover : Double Dribble (1 TO)  04:38  
  04:23 Battier 3pt Shot: Missed 
Frye Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  04:22  
Richardson Dunk Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Nash (8 AST)  04:18
[PHX 45-49]
 
  04:03 Scola Jump Shot: Missed 
Frye Rebound (Off:0 Def:4)  04:02  
Stoudemire Layup Shot: Made (12 PTS)  03:52
[PHX 47-49]
 
  03:45 Team Timeout : Short 
  03:45 Landry Substitution replaced by Hayes 
  03:45 Lowry Substitution replaced by Brooks 
  03:26 Battier Jump Shot: Missed 
  03:25 Brooks Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  03:22
[HOU 51-47]
Scola Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Brooks (8 AST) 
Frye 3pt Shot: Missed  03:01  
  03:00 Ariza Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  02:51 Ariza Reverse Layup Shot: Missed 
Richardson Rebound (Off:0 Def:4)  02:50  
Nash Driving Layup Shot: Missed  02:40  
  02:39 Hayes Rebound (Off:2 Def:4) 
Richardson Foul : Personal (2 PF)  02:35  
Team Timeout : Regular  02:35  
  02:29 Brooks Jump Shot: Missed 
Hill Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  02:28  
Stoudemire Dunk Shot: Made (14 PTS)  02:13
[PHX 49-51]
 
  01:44 Hayes Hook Shot: Missed Block: Frye (1 BLK) 
Hill Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  01:42  
Frye Jump Shot: Missed  01:25  
  01:24 Ariza Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
Frye Foul : Personal (3 PF)  01:19  
  01:19
[HOU 52-49]
Scola Free Throw 1 of 2 (5 PTS) 
Frye Substitution replaced by Amundson  01:19  
  01:19
[HOU 53-49]
Scola Free Throw 2 of 2 (6 PTS) 
Hill Reverse Layup Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Stoudemire (2 AST)  00:59.9
[PHX 51-53]
 
  00:44.9 Ariza Jump Shot: Missed 
Stoudemire Rebound (Off:0 Def:4)  00:42.8  
  00:24.8 Hayes Foul : Shooting (3 PF) 
Stoudemire Free Throw 1 of 2 (15 PTS)  00:24.8
[PHX 52-53]
 
Richardson Substitution replaced by Barbosa  00:24.8  
  00:24.8 Hayes Substitution replaced by Andersen 
Nash Substitution replaced by Dragic  00:24.8  
Stoudemire Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  00:24.8  
  00:24.8 Ariza Rebound (Off:0 Def:5) 
  00:02.0
[HOU 55-52]
Brooks Pullup Jump shot: Made (10 PTS) 
Stoudemire 3pt Shot: Missed  00:00.0  
Team Rebound  00:00.0  
End of 2nd Quarter
Phoenix Suns (22-13) Houston Rockets (20-15)
Start of 3rd QuarterBack to Top
  11:39
[HOU 57-52]
Ariza Jump Shot: Made (12 PTS) 
Hill Foul : Offensive (1 PF)  11:19  
Hill Turnover : Foul (1 TO)  11:19  
  11:04 Scola Foul : Offensive (1 PF) 
  11:04 Scola Turnover : Foul (1 TO) 
Stoudemire Hook Shot: Made (17 PTS)  10:48
[PHX 54-57]
 
  10:42 Brooks 3pt Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  10:41  
  10:27 Hayes Foul : Personal (4 PF) 
  10:27 Hayes Substitution replaced by Landry 
Stoudemire Jump Shot: Made (19 PTS) Assist: Nash (9 AST)  10:16
[PHX 56-57]
 
Gentry Technical  10:10  
  10:10
[HOU 58-56]
Brooks Free Throw Technical (11 PTS) 
  10:07 Scola Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Frye (1 ST) 
Stoudemire Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed  09:59  
  09:58 Scola Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  09:45
[HOU 60-56]
Landry Layup Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Ariza (2 AST) 
Frye 3pt Shot: Missed  09:25  
  09:24 Ariza Rebound (Off:0 Def:6) 
Frye Foul : Personal (4 PF)  09:22  
Frye Substitution replaced by Amundson  09:22  
Stoudemire Foul : Personal (3 PF)  09:20  
  09:14 Landry Jump Shot: Missed Block: Richardson (1 BLK) 
Nash Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  09:13  
  09:13 Landry Foul : Personal (1 PF) 
Hill Jump Shot: Made (10 PTS)  08:51
[PHX 58-60]
 
  08:28 Ariza 3pt Shot: Missed 
  08:27 Team Rebound 
  08:24 Team Turnover : Shot Clock Turnover 
Richardson 3pt Shot: Made (9 PTS) Assist: Stoudemire (3 AST)  08:09
[PHX 61-60]
 
  07:43 Scola Hook Shot: Missed 
Hill Rebound (Off:0 Def:4)  07:42  
Nash Jump Shot: Missed  07:35  
  07:34 Landry Rebound (Off:2 Def:2) 
  07:25
[HOU 62-61]
Brooks Pullup Jump shot: Made (13 PTS) 
Nash Pullup Jump shot: Made (2 PTS)  07:11
[PHX 63-62]
 
  06:56 Battier Turnover : Lost Ball (2 TO) Steal:Hill (1 ST) 
Richardson Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Ariza (2 ST)  06:52  
  06:45 Brooks 3pt Shot: Missed 
  06:44 Landry Rebound (Off:3 Def:2) 
  06:43 Landry Layup Shot: Missed 
Stoudemire Rebound (Off:0 Def:5)  06:41  
  06:31 Scola Foul : Defense 3 Second (1 PF) 
Nash Free Throw Technical Missed  06:31  
Team Rebound  06:31  
  06:31 Team Timeout : Regular 
Stoudemire Jump Shot: Missed  06:23  
  06:22 Ariza Rebound (Off:0 Def:7) 
Amundson Foul : Personal (2 PF)  06:08  
  05:58
[HOU 64-63]
Landry Jump Shot: Made (12 PTS) 
Nash Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Ariza (3 ST)  05:44  
  05:35 Scola Turnover : Traveling (3 TO) 
Richardson Driving Dunk Shot: Made (11 PTS)  05:25
[PHX 65-64]
 
  05:14
[HOU 67-65]
Ariza 3pt Shot: Made (15 PTS) Assist: Brooks (9 AST) 
Richardson 3pt Shot: Made (14 PTS) Assist: Nash (10 AST)  05:03
[PHX 68-67]
 
  04:40 Ariza Jump Shot: Missed 
  04:39 Landry Rebound (Off:4 Def:2) 
  04:36
[HOU 69-68]
Ariza Dunk Shot: Made (17 PTS) Assist: Landry (1 AST) 
Nash Pullup Jump shot: Made (4 PTS)  04:16
[PHX 70-69]
 
  03:59
[HOU 71-70]
Landry Layup Shot: Made (14 PTS) Assist: Battier (2 AST) 
Amundson Dunk Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Nash (11 AST)  03:51
[PHX 72-71]
 
  03:27
[HOU 73-72]
Landry Jump Shot: Made (16 PTS) Assist: Scola (1 AST) 
Stoudemire Foul : Offensive (4 PF)  03:13  
Stoudemire Turnover : Foul (3 TO)  03:13  
Hill Substitution replaced by Dudley  03:13  
Stoudemire Substitution replaced by Collins  03:13  
  02:55
[HOU 75-72]
Scola Jump Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Brooks (10 AST) 
Richardson 3pt Shot: Missed  02:44  
Team Rebound  02:43  
  02:43 Scola Foul : Loose Ball (2 PF) 
Team Timeout : Regular  02:43  
Richardson Jump Shot: Made (16 PTS) Assist: Nash (12 AST)  02:32
[PHX 74-75]
 
  02:04
[HOU 78-74]
Brooks 3pt Shot: Made (16 PTS) 
Richardson Jump Shot: Made (18 PTS) Assist: Nash (13 AST)  01:41
[PHX 76-78]
 
Amundson Foul : Personal (3 PF)  01:26  
Nash Substitution replaced by Dragic  01:26  
  01:26 Battier Substitution replaced by Budinger 
  01:19
[HOU 80-76]
Landry Slam Dunk Shot: Made (18 PTS) Assist: Ariza (3 AST) 
Richardson 3pt Shot: Missed  00:54.8  
Dudley Rebound (Off:2 Def:1)  00:53.9  
  00:52.7 Ariza Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
Dudley Free Throw 1 of 2 (6 PTS)  00:52.7
[PHX 77-80]
 
Richardson Substitution replaced by Barbosa  00:52.7  
Dudley Free Throw 2 of 2 (7 PTS)  00:52.7
[PHX 78-80]
 
  00:34.9 Budinger Jump Shot: Missed Block: Collins (1 BLK) 
Collins Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  00:32.7  
Dragic Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO)  00:23.8  
  00:02.2
[HOU 82-78]
Scola Jump Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Brooks (11 AST) 
Barbosa 3pt Shot: Missed  00:00.0  
Team Rebound  00:00.0  
End of 3rd Quarter
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Frye Jump Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Collins (1 AST)  11:45
[PHX 80-82]
 
Collins Foul : Personal (1 PF)  11:31  
  11:14 Landry Jump Shot: Missed 
Dudley Rebound (Off:2 Def:2)  11:13  
Dragic Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Barbosa (2 AST)  11:09
[PHX 82-82]
 
  10:56
[HOU 85-82]
Budinger 3pt Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Lowry (1 AST) 
Barbosa Foul : Offensive (1 PF)  10:52  
Barbosa Turnover : Foul (1 TO)  10:52  
  10:38 Andersen Jump Shot: Missed 
Dragic Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  10:37  
Collins Turnaround Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS)  10:21
[PHX 84-85]
 
  10:00 Andersen Jump Shot: Missed Block: Frye (2 BLK) 
Collins Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  09:59  
Barbosa Jump Shot: Missed  09:49  
  09:48 Budinger Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  09:28 Brooks 3pt Shot: Missed 
Dudley Rebound (Off:2 Def:3)  09:27  
Dudley Layup Shot: Missed  09:18  
Collins Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  09:16  
Barbosa Jump Shot: Missed  09:02  
  09:02 Lowry Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
Frye Foul : Personal (5 PF)  09:00  
  09:00 Brooks Substitution replaced by Ariza 
Dragic Substitution replaced by Nash  09:00  
Frye Substitution replaced by Stoudemire  09:00  
  08:52 Andersen Jump Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  08:51  
  08:51 Landry Foul : Loose Ball (2 PF) 
Timeout : Official  08:51  
  08:51 Landry Substitution replaced by Scola 
Barbosa Driving Layup Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: Nash (14 AST)  08:40
[PHX 86-85]
 
  08:25 Ariza Driving Layup Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  08:21  
Andersen Violation:Kicked Ball  08:12  
Nash 3pt Shot: Missed  08:03  
  08:02 Scola Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
  07:53 Lowry Layup Shot: Missed Block: Collins (2 BLK) 
  07:51 Scola Rebound (Off:1 Def:4) 
  07:47 Scola Turnover : Lost Ball (4 TO) Steal:Dudley (1 ST) 
Barbosa Layup Shot: Made (9 PTS) Assist: Dudley (1 AST)  07:42
[PHX 88-85]
 
  07:26
[HOU 88-88]
Budinger 3pt Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Andersen (1 AST) 
  07:17 Lowry Foul : Personal (2 PF) 
Stoudemire Jump Shot: Missed  07:07  
Team Rebound  07:06  
  07:06 Budinger Foul : Loose Ball (1 PF) 
  06:56 Lowry Foul : Shooting (3 PF) 
Stoudemire Free Throw 1 of 2 (20 PTS)  06:56
[PHX 89-88]
 
Stoudemire Free Throw 2 of 2 (21 PTS)  06:56
[PHX 90-88]
 
  06:43
[HOU 90-90]
Scola Layup Shot: Made (12 PTS) Assist: Ariza (4 AST) 
Nash Running Jump Shot: Missed  06:30  
Collins Rebound (Off:2 Def:2)  06:29  
Collins Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS)  06:28
[PHX 92-90]
 
  06:23 Budinger Layup Shot: Missed Block: Barbosa (1 BLK) 
Collins Rebound (Off:2 Def:3)  06:21  
Nash Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO)  06:04  
Nash Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  05:52  
  05:52 Team Timeout : Regular 
  05:52 Andersen Substitution replaced by Landry 
  05:52 Budinger Substitution replaced by Battier 
Barbosa Substitution replaced by Richardson  05:52  
Dudley Substitution replaced by Hill  05:52  
  05:52
[HOU 91-92]
Lowry Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS) 
  05:52
[HOU 92-92]
Lowry Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS) 
  05:40 Landry Foul : Shooting (3 PF) 
  05:40 Lowry Substitution replaced by Brooks 
Stoudemire Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  05:40  
Team Rebound  05:40  
Stoudemire Free Throw 2 of 2 (22 PTS)  05:40
[PHX 93-92]
 
  05:18 Ariza Jump Shot: Missed 
Stoudemire Rebound (Off:0 Def:6)  05:16  
  04:57 Scola Foul : Shooting (3 PF) 
Stoudemire Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  04:57  
Team Rebound  04:57  
Stoudemire Free Throw 2 of 2 (23 PTS)  04:57
[PHX 94-92]
 
Collins Foul : Personal (2 PF)  04:53  
  04:53 Scola Substitution replaced by Hayes 
  04:36
[HOU 94-94]
Battier Driving Layup Shot: Made (10 PTS) 
Richardson 3pt Shot: Missed  04:28  
  04:27 Battier Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  04:10
[HOU 96-94]
Landry Layup Shot: Made (20 PTS) Assist: Brooks (12 AST) 
Nash Jump Shot: Missed  03:54  
Hill Rebound (Off:1 Def:4)  03:53  
  03:47 Landry Foul : Personal (4 PF) 
Collins Substitution replaced by Frye  03:47  
Nash Free Throw 1 of 2 (5 PTS)  03:47
[PHX 95-96]
 
Nash Free Throw 2 of 2 (6 PTS)  03:47
[PHX 96-96]
 
  03:33 Brooks 3pt Shot: Missed 
Nash Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  03:32  
  03:32 Landry Foul : Personal (5 PF) 
Nash Free Throw 1 of 2 (7 PTS)  03:32
[PHX 97-96]
 
Nash Free Throw 2 of 2 (8 PTS)  03:32
[PHX 98-96]
 
  03:15
[HOU 98-98]
Landry Jump Shot: Made (22 PTS) Assist: Brooks (13 AST) 
Richardson Reverse Layup Shot: Made (20 PTS) Assist: Nash (15 AST)  02:58
[PHX 100-98]
 
  02:32 Ariza Driving Layup Shot: Missed 
  02:31 Hayes Rebound (Off:3 Def:4) 
  02:17 Brooks Pullup Jump shot: Missed 
  02:16 Hayes Rebound (Off:4 Def:4) 
  02:13 Battier 3pt Shot: Missed 
Richardson Rebound (Off:0 Def:5)  02:12  
Team Timeout : Regular  02:06  
Frye 3pt Shot: Made (11 PTS) Assist: Nash (16 AST)  01:49
[PHX 103-98]
 
Frye Foul : Shooting (6 PF)  01:34  
Frye Substitution replaced by Collins  01:34  
  01:34
[HOU 99-103]
Landry Free Throw 1 of 2 (23 PTS) 
  01:34 Landry Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Hill Rebound (Off:1 Def:5)  01:34  
Collins Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Stoudemire (4 AST)  01:13
[PHX 105-99]
 
  01:13 Ariza Foul : Shooting (2 PF) 
Collins Free Throw 1 of 1 Missed  01:13  
  01:13 Ariza Rebound (Off:0 Def:8) 
  01:04 Ariza Layup Shot: Missed 
Collins Rebound (Off:2 Def:4)  01:02  
Richardson 3pt Shot: Missed  00:38.9  
  00:37.9 Landry Rebound (Off:4 Def:3) 
  00:25.9 Hayes Jump Shot: Missed 
Hill Rebound (Off:1 Def:6)  00:24.9  
  00:21.9 Battier Foul : Personal (2 PF) 
Hill Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  00:21.9  
Team Rebound  00:21.9  
Hill Free Throw 2 of 2 (11 PTS)  00:21.9
[PHX 106-99]
 
  00:21.9 Team Timeout : Regular 
Collins Substitution replaced by Dudley  00:21.9  
  00:21.9 Hayes Substitution replaced by Budinger 
  00:18.8 Brooks Layup Shot: Missed 
  00:18.0 Landry Rebound (Off:5 Def:3) 
  00:18.0
[HOU 101-106]
Landry Layup Shot: Made (25 PTS) 
  00:17.3 Ariza Foul : Personal (3 PF) 
Nash Free Throw 1 of 2 (9 PTS)  00:17.3
[PHX 107-101]
 
Nash Free Throw 2 of 2 (10 PTS)  00:17.3
[PHX 108-101]
 
  00:17.3 Team Timeout : Short 
  00:13.9 Ariza Layup Shot: Missed Block: Richardson (2 BLK) 
  00:12.4 Ariza Rebound (Off:1 Def:8) 
  00:12.4 Ariza Layup Shot: Missed 
  00:11.6 Landry Rebound (Off:6 Def:3) 
  00:11.6
[HOU 103-108]
Landry Layup Shot: Made (27 PTS) 
Team Timeout : Short  00:11.6  
  00:10.7 Battier Foul : Personal (3 PF) 
Nash Free Throw 1 of 2 (11 PTS)  00:10.7
[PHX 109-103]
 
Nash Free Throw 2 of 2 (12 PTS)  00:10.7
[PHX 110-103]
 
  00:10.7 Team Timeout : Short 
  00:06.8 Brooks 3pt Shot: Missed 
Dudley Rebound (Off:2 Def:4)  00:06.1  
  00:06.1 Budinger Foul : Personal (2 PF) 
Dudley Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  00:06.1  
Team Rebound  00:06.1  
Dudley Free Throw 2 of 2 (8 PTS)  00:06.1
[PHX 111-103]
 
  00:02.7
[HOU 105-111]
Ariza Dunk Shot: Made (19 PTS) 
End of 4th Quarter
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standings
w
l
l10
h
a
PHX
2nd Pacific
54
28
8-2
32-9
22-19
HOU
3rd Southwest
42
40
6-4
23-18
19-22
 
ppg
rpg
apg
bpg
spg
PHX
Stoudemire 25.0
Stoudemire 9.3
Nash 11.8
Stoudemire 1.7
Dudley 1.3
HOU
Brooks 19.7
Scola 8.6
Brooks 5.3
Battier 1.1
Ariza 1.8

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