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Suns rout Nuggets to secure home-court edge -- maybe more


By Mike Tulumello, for NBA.com
Posted Wednesday April 14, 2010 2:38AM

PHOENIX (NBA.com exclusive) -- All of a sudden, those playoff scenarios for the Suns and Nuggets seem pretty simple.

After the Suns' 123-101 blowout of the visiting Nuggets Tuesday night, the Suns clinched at least a No. 4 playoff seed and the home-court advantage in the first round.

Phoenix can move up to the No. 3 seed by closing out the regular season with a win at the Jazz Wednesday night.

Also if the Suns (53-28) win, the Nuggets will be No. 4 and the Jazz will slide to No. 5.

If the Jazz win, they'll be No. 3, the Suns will be No. 4 and host the No. 5 Nuggets (who finished 53-29) starting this weekend.

"It's a great accomplishment ... a reward for the collective energy we put in this season," Steve Nash (18 points, 10 assists) said of the Suns' wrapping up the first-round homecourt.

This is important. They finished their home schedule by winning eight straight while averaging nearly 120 points (119.8).

As for the season finale against the Jazz, "In some ways, this one is not as important," Nash said. "In some ways, it's a bigger game."

"We're playing to win," coach Alvin Gentry said. "It means something to us."

Then again, who would have pegged the Suns as a 53-win team that would host at least one playoff round?

Coming into the season, they were generally seen, by optimists, as a No. 8 seed. Pessimists figured they'd go about .500 and miss the playoffs for the second straight season.

At the start of training camp, Gentry recalled how the Suns talked of making the playoffs.

With that accomplished, they next set their sights on a No. 4 seed.

Now, "We'll have to re-assess our goals."

Looking ahead, if the Suns could pick their first playoff opponent, you couldn't blame them for choosing these Nuggets.

After all, the Suns beat them 3-1 in the regular season. They've also won the season series for the fifth time in the past six seasons.

And they've won 11 straight at home vs. the Nuggets.

If the Suns win Wednesday night at the Jazz and move up to No. 3, they could well end up playing the Trail Blazers, who hold the tie-breakers for No. 6.

The Trail Blazers beat the Suns 2-1 this season but could be without star Brandon Roy for the postseason.

As for Tuesday night, this was not a time to arrive late.

Nash pointed out that, "Everyone knew the implications," including a raucous home crowd that helped get them off and running.

The Nuggets went with some unconventional matchups, with Arron Afflalo covering the much bigger Amar'e Stoudemire, Kenyon Martin taking the much smaller Nash and Chauncey Billups guarding Jason Richardson.

The Suns went wild.

Richardson hit a 13-footer, a pull-up 3-pointer on a fast break and a finger-roll layup. Nash scored on a 17-footer and bombed home a 3-pointer.

And while the Nuggets misfired, the Sun rolled to an 18-2 lead.

"They scored 13 points in the first three minutes? You can't dig yourself a hole like that," said Nuggets acting coach Adrian Dantley.

Later, the Nuggets tried Martin (who didn't play in the second half because of a sore knee), Chris Andersen and Nene on Stoudemire without much success.

Stoudemire shot 10-for-16 for 26 points.

Probably more important than matchups was the fact the Suns were rested and waiting for the Nuggets, who had played the previous night.

In any case, the Nuggets spent the rest of the night playing an impossible game of catch-up.

Only a trio of 3-pointers by the Nuggets' J.R. Smith prevented an early blowout.

The Suns took a 70-49 halftime lead.

The Nuggets made a brief move, as Carmelo Anthony (who had a game-high 29 points) hit a 3-pointer then a mid-range jumper as they cut the margin to 72-59.

But that was it.

Nash fed Stoudemire for a fast break and a three-point play then Channing Frye nailed a trey.

Frye hit two more 3-pointers by the third quarter's end, as the Suns blew out to a 97-70 lead.

They had the win and the homecourt.

"We played well from start to finish," Gentry said. "We played very good defense" in limiting the Nuggets to 42 percent shooting, he said.

The Suns, by contrast, shot 58 percent.

"They couldn't miss," Anthony said.

In particular, Gentry pointed to the coverage of Grant Hill and Jared Dudley on Anthony, who shot 13-for-28.

"If you can limit Carmelo to one point per shot, you've done a great job," Gentry said.

From the Nuggets' perspective, the Suns are "the best running team in basketball," Billups said. "You can't just run and gun; you've to try to execute against a team like that.

"If we do see these guys in the playoffs, our game plan has to change a little bit."

Nuggets
Suns
     
    • 42.3%

    • 53.8%

    • 28.6%

    • 58.3%

    • 61.9%

    • 67.6%

  • FG %
  • 3FG%
  • FT %
DEN PHX
Total Rebounds 15 11
Offensive Rebounds 12 14
Turnovers 6 11
Fast Break Pts: 12 21
Biggest Lead: 0 28
Points in the Paint: 56 46
DEN PHX
p Anthony   29 Stoudemire   26
rb Anthony   6 2 players   8
a Lawson   5 Nash   10
s 2 players   2 3 players   1
b Afflalo   2 2 players   2
 
  • 11/15 - DEN @ PHX
  • 11/28 - PHX @ DEN
  • 01/11 - PHX @ DEN
  • 03/10 - DEN @ PHX
Denver Nuggets (53-29)
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
C. Anthony F 39:12 13-28 1-2 2-4 -23 2 4 6 2 4 2 1 0 3 29
K. Martin F 18:56 2-6 0-0 0-0 -17 3 0 3 0 3 0 0 1 0 4
N. Nene C 18:59 4-6 0-0 0-0 -20 1 3 4 1 3 0 1 0 2 8
A. Afflalo G 35:27 2-8 0-1 3-5 -17 2 1 3 3 3 1 0 2 0 7
C. Billups G 33:12 5-13 1-6 5-6 -25 0 3 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 16
C. Andersen   09:07 1-1 0-0 1-3 -2 1 2 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 3
J. Smith   14:46 4-13 3-8 0-0 -9 1 1 2 1 3 2 0 0 0 11
T. Lawson   24:00 5-9 1-2 2-3 0 0 1 1 5 2 1 1 0 0 13
A. Carter   15:50 3-5 0-1 0-0 +2 0 1 1 1 3 1 1 1 0 6
M. Allen   09:07 0-2 0-0 0-0 -2 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 0
J. Petro   14:20 2-3 0-0 0-0 +1 0 3 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 4
R. Balkman   07:04 0-3 0-1 0-0 +2 1 2 3 2 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total   240 41-97 6-21 13-21   12 22 34 15 26 7 6 5 7 101
  42.3% 28.6% 61.9%   team rebs: 15 total to: 6
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 24:33 2-5 0-0 2-2 +15 1 4 5 0 2 0 2 0 0 6
A. Stoudemire F 27:27 10-16 0-0 6-9 +19 3 5 8 2 2 1 1 1 1 26
J. Collins C 09:37 1-2 0-0 2-3 +7 2 1 3 0 3 0 2 0 0 4
J. Richardson G 30:40 5-8 2-4 2-4 +22 2 5 7 1 0 0 0 1 0 14
S. Nash G 29:20 6-14 1-5 5-5 +22 0 3 3 10 2 0 2 0 1 18
C. Frye   27:27 4-6 4-5 0-0 +7 1 7 8 0 4 0 0 2 0 12
J. Dudley   23:10 4-7 3-4 0-2 +2 0 3 3 1 2 0 2 0 0 11
L. Barbosa   12:24 2-7 2-4 3-3 +3 2 0 2 3 1 0 1 2 2 9
L. Amundson   19:09 5-7 0-0 0-0 +4 0 4 4 0 4 1 0 1 0 10
G. Dragic   18:40 2-3 2-2 2-4 0 0 3 3 5 2 1 1 0 1 8
E. Clark   11:55 2-5 0-0 1-2 +11 3 1 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 5
D. Jones   05:38 0-0 0-0 0-0 -2 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total   240 43-80 14-24 23-34   14 38 52 23 22 3 11 7 5 123
  53.8% 58.3% 67.6%   team rebs: 11 total to: 13

inactive

  • Nuggets: Butch, Graham, Karl
  • Suns: Griffin, Lopez

technical fouls

  • Nuggets: Billups, Dantley
  • Suns: Gentry

scoring

  • Lead Changes: 0
  • Times Tied: 0

arena stats

  • Arena: US Airways Center, Phoenix, AZ
  • Officials: #22 Bill Spooner, #39 Kevin Fehr, #71 Rodney Mott
  • Attendance: 18422
  • Duration: 2:38
Denver Nuggets (53-29) Phoenix Suns (53-28)
Start of 1st Quarter
(12:00) Jump Ball Stoudemire vs Nene (Billups gains possession)
  11:49 Collins Foul : Personal (1 PF) 
Billups Jump Shot: Missed  11:33  
  11:31 Hill Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  11:10
[PHX 2-0]
Richardson Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Anthony Jump Shot: Missed  10:52  
  10:50 Richardson Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  10:33
[PHX 4-0]
Nash Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Martin Driving Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS)  10:17
[DEN 2-4]
 
Nene Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  10:07  
  10:07
[PHX 5-2]
Collins Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS) 
  10:07
[PHX 6-2]
Collins Free Throw 2 of 2 (2 PTS) 
Billups Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Stoudemire (1 ST)  09:56  
  09:52
[PHX 9-2]
Richardson 3pt Shot: Made (5 PTS) 
Afflalo Jump Shot: Missed  09:32  
  09:31 Stoudemire Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  09:22
[PHX 11-2]
Richardson Finger Roll Layup Shot: Made (7 PTS) 
Team Timeout : Regular  09:12  
Billups 3pt Shot: Missed  09:02  
  09:00 Collins Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
Anthony Foul : Personal (1 PF)  08:45  
  08:31 Stoudemire Jump Shot: Missed 
Billups Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  08:29  
  08:28 Stoudemire Foul : Personal (1 PF) 
Anthony Jump Shot: Missed  08:14  
  08:12 Hill Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  08:03
[PHX 14-2]
Nash 3pt Shot: Made (5 PTS) 
Nene Foul : Offensive (2 PF)  07:54  
Nene Turnover : Foul (1 TO)  07:54  
Nene Substitution replaced by Andersen  07:54  
  07:37 Collins Jump Shot: Missed 
  07:35 Collins Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  07:35
[PHX 16-2]
Collins Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) 
Andersen Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  07:35  
  07:35 Collins Free Throw 1 of 1 Missed 
  07:33 Richardson Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  07:33 Richardson Putback Dunk Shot: Missed 
  07:31 Stoudemire Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  07:31
[PHX 18-2]
Stoudemire Dunk Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Anthony Driving Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS)  07:13
[DEN 4-18]
 
  06:56
[PHX 20-4]
Hill Turnaround Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Nash (1 AST) 
Billups Jump Shot: Missed  06:42  
  06:40 Richardson Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  06:38 Nash 3pt Shot: Missed Block: Afflalo (1 BLK) 
Anthony Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  06:35  
  06:32 Collins Foul : Shooting (2 PF) 
  06:32 Collins Substitution replaced by Frye 
Afflalo Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS)  06:32
[DEN 5-20]
 
Afflalo Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  06:32  
  06:31 Frye Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  06:17 Nash 3pt Shot: Missed 
Anthony Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  06:15  
  06:07 Hill Foul : Personal (1 PF) 
Anthony Jump Bank Shot: Made (4 PTS)  05:59
[DEN 7-20]
 
  05:59 Hill Foul : Shooting (2 PF) 
  05:59 Hill Substitution replaced by Dudley 
Anthony Free Throw 1 of 1 (5 PTS)  05:59
[DEN 8-20]
 
  05:48 Nash Jump Shot: Missed 
  05:48 Team Rebound 
Afflalo Foul : Personal (1 PF)  05:48  
  05:35 Dudley Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Afflalo (1 ST) 
Billups 3pt Shot: Missed  05:22  
Andersen Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  05:20  
Martin Jump Shot: Missed  05:14  
  05:12 Richardson Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
  05:04
[PHX 23-8]
Frye 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Nash (2 AST) 
Martin Jump Shot: Missed  04:47  
Martin Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  04:44  
Martin Tip Shot: Missed  04:44  
  04:42 Frye Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  04:33 Nash 3pt Shot: Missed 
Andersen Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  04:31  
Anthony Jump Shot: Made (7 PTS)  04:22
[DEN 10-23]
 
Martin Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  04:06  
Afflalo Substitution replaced by Smith  04:06  
  04:06
[PHX 24-10]
Stoudemire Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS) 
  04:06
[PHX 25-10]
Stoudemire Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS) 
Billups Turnaround Fade Away shot: Made (2 PTS)  03:49
[DEN 12-25]
 
Andersen Foul : Personal (2 PF)  03:43  
  03:43
[PHX 26-12]
Stoudemire Free Throw 1 of 2 (5 PTS) 
Andersen Substitution replaced by Lawson  03:43  
  03:43
[PHX 27-12]
Stoudemire Free Throw 2 of 2 (6 PTS) 
Smith Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS)  03:23
[DEN 14-27]
 
  03:16 Stoudemire Layup Shot: Missed Block: Martin (1 BLK) 
Billups Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  03:16  
Billups Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO)  03:13  
  02:58
[PHX 29-14]
Stoudemire Dunk Shot: Made (8 PTS) 
Smith 3pt Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Anthony (1 AST)  02:43
[DEN 17-29]
 
  02:23 Nash Reverse Layup Shot: Missed 
  02:21 Stoudemire Rebound (Off:2 Def:1) 
  02:21
[PHX 31-17]
Stoudemire Dunk Shot: Made (10 PTS) 
Smith 3pt Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Lawson (1 AST)  02:09
[DEN 20-31]
 
  01:53 Stoudemire Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Smith (1 ST) 
Billups 3pt Shot: Made (5 PTS)  01:48
[DEN 23-31]
 
  01:33 Team Timeout : Regular 
  01:33 Stoudemire Substitution replaced by Barbosa 
  01:33 Richardson Substitution replaced by Amundson 
  01:27
[PHX 34-23]
Dudley 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Barbosa (1 AST) 
  01:08 Frye Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
Anthony Free Throw 1 of 2 (8 PTS)  01:08
[DEN 24-34]
 
Anthony Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  01:08  
  01:07 Dudley Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  00:56.3
[PHX 36-24]
Dudley Dunk Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Barbosa (2 AST) 
Anthony Layup Shot: Missed Block: Frye (1 BLK)  00:40.9  
  00:38.8 Frye Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  00:35.8 Nash Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Lawson (1 ST) 
Anthony Dunk Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Lawson (2 AST)  00:32.0
[DEN 26-36]
 
  00:25.3
[PHX 38-26]
Nash Jump Shot: Made (7 PTS) 
Martin Jump Shot: Missed  00:01.9  
  00:00.1 Amundson Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  00:00.0 Instant Replay - Support Ruling 
End of 1st Quarter
Denver Nuggets (53-29) Phoenix Suns (53-28)
Start of 2nd QuarterBack to Top
  11:45 Dudley Jump Shot: Missed 
Carter Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  11:43  
  11:31 Amundson Foul : Personal (1 PF) 
  11:26 Amundson Foul : Personal (2 PF) 
Nene Hook Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Anthony (2 AST)  11:14
[DEN 28-38]
 
Nene Foul : Defense 3 Second (2 PF)  10:57  
  10:57
[PHX 39-28]
Barbosa Free Throw Technical (1 PTS) 
  10:43 Barbosa Jump Shot: Missed Block: Carter (1 BLK) 
  10:43 Team Rebound 
  10:43 Team Turnover : Shot Clock Turnover 
Nene Jump Shot: Missed Block: Barbosa (1 BLK)  10:26  
Team Rebound  10:26  
Anthony Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed  10:20  
  10:16 Dudley Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
Smith Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  10:12  
  10:12
[PHX 40-28]
Barbosa Free Throw 1 of 2 (2 PTS) 
  10:12
[PHX 41-28]
Barbosa Free Throw 2 of 2 (3 PTS) 
Lawson Driving Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS)  09:59
[DEN 30-41]
 
  09:46
[PHX 44-30]
Dudley 3pt Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Barbosa (3 AST) 
  09:37 Amundson Foul : Personal (3 PF) 
  09:37 Amundson Substitution replaced by Clark 
Anthony Jump Shot: Missed  09:24  
Team Rebound  09:24  
  09:24 Barbosa Foul : Loose Ball (1 PF) 
Anthony Substitution replaced by Afflalo  09:24  
Afflalo Substitution replaced by Andersen  09:24  
Smith 3pt Shot: Missed  09:16  
  09:14 Dragic Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
Nene Foul : Shooting (3 PF)  09:07  
  09:07 Dudley Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  09:07 Team Rebound 
Nene Substitution replaced by Allen  09:07  
  09:07 Dudley Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Team Rebound  09:06  
Lawson Jump Shot: Missed  08:50  
  08:48 Dragic Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  08:45 Barbosa Layup Shot: Missed Block: Allen (1 BLK) 
  08:44 Barbosa Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  08:42 Barbosa Turnover : Out of Bounds Lost Ball Turnover (1 TO) 
Timeout : Official  08:42  
Smith Substitution replaced by Billups  08:42  
Billups 3pt Shot: Missed  08:25  
Allen Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  08:23  
Allen Jump Shot: Missed  08:14  
Team Rebound  08:13  
  08:13 Frye Foul : Loose Ball (2 PF) 
Andersen Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  08:13  
Team Rebound  08:13  
  08:13 Frye Substitution replaced by Stoudemire 
  08:13 Dudley Substitution replaced by Richardson 
  08:13 Barbosa Substitution replaced by Hill 
  08:13 Team Violation : Delay Of Game 
Andersen Free Throw 2 of 2 (1 PTS)  08:13
[DEN 31-44]
 
  07:58
[PHX 46-31]
Stoudemire Running Bank shot: Made (12 PTS) 
Carter Jump Shot: Missed  07:40  
  07:40 Team Rebound 
Carter Substitution replaced by Anthony  07:40  
  07:40 Jump Ball Stoudemire vs Andersen (Dragic gains possession) 
  07:26
[PHX 49-31]
Dragic 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) 
Anthony Jump Shot: Made (12 PTS)  07:09
[DEN 33-49]
 
Lawson Foul : Personal (1 PF)  06:56  
Lawson Substitution replaced by Martin  06:56  
  06:48 Clark Jump Shot: Missed 
  06:47 Richardson Rebound (Off:2 Def:3) 
Andersen Foul : Personal (3 PF)  06:33  
Andersen Substitution replaced by Lawson  06:33  
  06:18 Team Turnover : Shot Clock Turnover 
Martin Hook Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Lawson (3 AST)  06:07
[DEN 35-49]
 
  05:48 Hill Jump Shot: Missed 
  05:47 Clark Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  05:44 Clark Jump Shot: Missed 
Allen Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  05:43  
Lawson Jump Shot: Missed  05:36  
  05:34 Clark Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  05:29
[PHX 52-35]
Richardson 3pt Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Dragic (1 AST) 
Team Timeout : Regular  05:20  
Lawson Substitution replaced by Smith  05:20  
  05:20 Dragic Substitution replaced by Frye 
  05:20 Clark Substitution replaced by Nash 
Billups Driving Jump shot: Made (7 PTS)  05:13
[DEN 37-52]
 
Martin Foul : Shooting (2 PF)  04:54  
  04:54 Richardson Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  04:54 Team Rebound 
  04:54
[PHX 53-37]
Richardson Free Throw 2 of 2 (11 PTS) 
Billups 3pt Shot: Missed  04:44  
Martin Rebound (Off:2 Def:0)  04:42  
Smith 3pt Shot: Missed  04:40  
  04:37 Hill Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  04:26 Richardson 3pt Shot: Missed 
Billups Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  04:25  
  04:25 Nash Foul : Personal (1 PF) 
Billups Free Throw 1 of 2 (8 PTS)  04:25
[DEN 38-53]
 
Billups Free Throw 2 of 2 (9 PTS)  04:25
[DEN 39-53]
 
  04:13 Stoudemire Jump Shot: Missed 
Anthony Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  04:11  
Anthony Jump Shot: Missed  04:03  
  04:02 Nash Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  03:57
[PHX 55-39]
Hill Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Richardson (1 AST) 
Allen Jump Shot: Missed  03:43  
Anthony Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  03:40  
Anthony Layup Shot: Made (14 PTS)  03:40
[DEN 41-55]
 
Allen Foul : Personal (1 PF)  03:31  
  03:31
[PHX 56-41]
Nash Free Throw 1 of 2 (8 PTS) 
Allen Substitution replaced by Afflalo  03:31  
  03:31
[PHX 57-41]
Nash Free Throw 2 of 2 (9 PTS) 
Smith Jump Shot: Missed  03:13  
  03:11 Richardson Rebound (Off:2 Def:4) 
  03:07
[PHX 59-41]
Stoudemire Alley Oop Dunk Shot: Made (14 PTS) Assist: Nash (3 AST) 
Billups Jump Shot: Made (11 PTS)  02:49
[DEN 43-59]
 
Martin Foul : Shooting (3 PF)  02:36  
  02:36 Team Timeout : Regular 
  02:36
[PHX 60-43]
Stoudemire Free Throw 1 of 2 (15 PTS) 
  02:36 Stoudemire Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Smith Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  02:35  
  02:25 Frye Foul : Shooting (3 PF) 
Billups Free Throw 1 of 2 (12 PTS)  02:25
[DEN 44-60]
 
  02:25 Frye Substitution replaced by Clark 
Billups Free Throw 2 of 2 (13 PTS)  02:25
[DEN 45-60]
 
  02:07 Stoudemire Jump Shot: Missed 
  02:05 Stoudemire Rebound (Off:3 Def:1) 
  02:05
[PHX 62-45]
Stoudemire Dunk Shot: Made (17 PTS) 
Billups 3pt Shot: Missed  01:53  
Smith Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  01:53  
Smith Jump Shot: Missed  01:53  
  01:53 Team Rebound 
Smith Foul : Loose Ball (2 PF)  01:53  
  01:53 Richardson Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  01:53 Team Rebound 
  01:53 Hill Substitution replaced by Dudley 
  01:53
[PHX 63-45]
Richardson Free Throw 2 of 2 (12 PTS) 
Anthony Layup Shot: Missed Block: Stoudemire (1 BLK)  01:36  
Anthony Rebound (Off:2 Def:3)  01:34  
Anthony Layup Shot: Missed  01:32  
  01:31 Dudley Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
Dantley Technical  01:30  
Billups Technical  01:30  
  01:30
[PHX 64-45]
Nash Free Throw Technical (10 PTS) 
  01:30
[PHX 65-45]
Nash Free Throw Technical (11 PTS) 
  01:19 Jump Ball Stoudemire vs Martin (Nash gains possession) 
  01:11
[PHX 68-45]
Dudley 3pt Shot: Made (11 PTS) Assist: Stoudemire (1 AST) 
Anthony Jump Shot: Made (16 PTS)  00:54.0
[DEN 47-68]
 
  00:54.0 Dudley Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
Anthony Free Throw 1 of 1 Missed  00:54.0  
Martin Rebound (Off:3 Def:0)  00:53.6  
Anthony Running Bank shot: Made (18 PTS)  00:48.2
[DEN 49-68]
 
  00:27.1
[PHX 70-49]
Nash Driving Layup Shot: Made (13 PTS) 
Anthony Jump Shot: Missed  00:03.9  
Team Rebound  00:03.8  
End of 2nd Quarter
Denver Nuggets (53-29) Phoenix Suns (53-28)
Start of 3rd QuarterBack to Top
  11:47 Nash Running Jump Shot: Missed 
  11:44 Collins Rebound (Off:2 Def:1) 
  11:43 Jump Ball Collins vs Nene (Stoudemire gains possession) 
Petro Foul : Personal (1 PF)  11:28  
  11:24 Stoudemire Jump Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  11:24  
Nene Jump Shot: Missed Block: Richardson (1 BLK)  11:04  
Nene Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  11:02  
Nene Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS)  11:02
[DEN 51-70]
 
  10:52 Afflalo Violation:Kicked Ball 
  10:48 Collins Turnover : Traveling (1 TO) 
Afflalo Jump Shot: Missed  10:31  
  10:29 Stoudemire Rebound (Off:3 Def:2) 
  10:19
[PHX 72-51]
Stoudemire Hook Shot: Made (19 PTS) Assist: Nash (4 AST) 
Billups Jump Shot: Missed  09:58  
Afflalo Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  09:56  
Team Timeout : Short  09:52  
Nene Jump Shot: Made (6 PTS)  09:44
[DEN 53-72]
 
  09:19 Hill Jump Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  09:19  
  09:19 Stoudemire Foul : Loose Ball (2 PF) 
Anthony 3pt Shot: Made (21 PTS) Assist: Nene (1 AST)  09:00
[DEN 56-72]
 
Anthony Foul : Personal (2 PF)  08:41  
  08:33 Nash Jump Shot: Missed 
Petro Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  08:31  
  08:25 Nash Foul : Shooting (2 PF) 
Billups Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  08:25  
Team Rebound  08:25  
Billups Free Throw 2 of 2 (14 PTS)  08:25
[DEN 57-72]
 
  08:11 Collins Foul : Offensive (3 PF) 
  08:11 Collins Turnover : Foul (2 TO) 
Anthony Jump Shot: Made (23 PTS)  07:52
[DEN 59-72]
 
  07:51 Team Timeout : Regular 
  07:51 Collins Substitution replaced by Frye 
  07:27 Stoudemire Jump Shot: Missed 
  07:25 Hill Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
  07:25 Hill Jump Shot: Missed 
Petro Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  07:23  
Petro Jump Shot: Missed Block: Frye (2 BLK)  07:07  
  07:05 Hill Rebound (Off:1 Def:4) 
  07:03
[PHX 74-59]
Stoudemire Dunk Shot: Made (21 PTS) Assist: Nash (5 AST) 
Anthony Foul : Shooting (3 PF)  07:03  
  07:03
[PHX 75-59]
Stoudemire Free Throw 1 of 1 (22 PTS) 
  06:48 Frye Foul : Personal (4 PF) 
Anthony Jump Shot: Missed  06:35  
  06:33 Richardson Rebound (Off:2 Def:5) 
Afflalo Foul : Personal (2 PF)  06:20  
  06:11
[PHX 78-59]
Frye 3pt Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Stoudemire (2 AST) 
Afflalo 3pt Shot: Missed  05:55  
  05:53 Stoudemire Rebound (Off:3 Def:3) 
  05:35
[PHX 80-59]
Nash Jump Shot: Made (15 PTS) 
Afflalo Foul : Shooting (3 PF)  05:35  
  05:35
[PHX 81-59]
Nash Free Throw 1 of 1 (16 PTS) 
Billups Driving Layup Shot: Made (16 PTS)  05:24
[DEN 61-81]
 
Team Violation : Delay Of Game  05:23  
  05:14
[PHX 83-61]
Stoudemire Dunk Shot: Made (24 PTS) Assist: Nash (6 AST) 
Anthony Jump Shot: Missed  04:53  
  04:52 Stoudemire Rebound (Off:3 Def:4) 
Anthony Foul : Personal (4 PF)  04:44  
Petro Substitution replaced by Smith  04:44  
  04:44 Stoudemire Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  04:44 Team Rebound 
  04:44 Hill Substitution replaced by Dudley 
  04:44 Stoudemire Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Nene Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  04:42  
Smith Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed  04:31  
  04:28 Frye Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
  04:13 Richardson 3pt Shot: Missed 
  04:11 Frye Rebound (Off:1 Def:4) 
  04:11 Frye Tip Shot: Missed 
Nene Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  04:10  
Anthony Layup Shot: Made (25 PTS) Assist: Smith (1 AST)  03:58
[DEN 63-83]
 
  03:44
[PHX 85-63]
Stoudemire Jump Shot: Made (26 PTS) Assist: Nash (7 AST) 
Anthony Jump Bank Shot: Missed  03:28  
  03:25 Stoudemire Rebound (Off:3 Def:5) 
  03:17
[PHX 87-63]
Nash Jump Shot: Made (18 PTS) 
Team Timeout : Regular  03:13  
  03:13 Stoudemire Substitution replaced by Amundson 
Afflalo Substitution replaced by Lawson  03:13  
Smith Jump Shot: Missed  03:01  
  02:59 Nash Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  02:47
[PHX 90-63]
Frye 3pt Shot: Made (9 PTS) Assist: Nash (8 AST) 
Smith 3pt Shot: Made (11 PTS) Assist: Lawson (4 AST)  02:31
[DEN 66-90]
 
  02:09 Nash Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Anthony (1 ST) 
Anthony Dunk Shot: Made (27 PTS)  02:06
[DEN 68-90]
 
  01:44
[PHX 92-68]
Richardson Jump Shot: Made (14 PTS) Assist: Nash (9 AST) 
Smith 3pt Shot: Missed  01:25  
  01:23 Nash Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  01:04 Nash 3pt Shot: Missed 
Nene Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  01:02  
Nene Reverse Layup Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Lawson (5 AST)  00:53.6
[DEN 70-92]
 
  00:37.2
[PHX 94-70]
Amundson Dunk Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Nash (10 AST) 
Lawson 3pt Shot: Missed  00:27.9  
  00:25.6 Frye Rebound (Off:1 Def:5) 
  00:03.0
[PHX 97-70]
Frye 3pt Shot: Made (12 PTS) 
Smith 3pt Shot: Missed  00:00.1  
Team Rebound  00:00.0  
End of 3rd Quarter
Denver Nuggets (53-29) Phoenix Suns (53-28)
Start of 4th QuarterBack to Top
Anthony 3pt Shot: Missed  11:44  
  11:42 Dragic Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
Smith Foul : Personal (3 PF)  11:30  
Billups Substitution replaced by Carter  11:30  
  11:16 Hill Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Anthony (2 ST) 
Anthony Jump Shot: Missed Block: Amundson (1 BLK)  11:10  
Team Rebound  11:09  
Anthony Turnover : Traveling (1 TO)  11:04  
  10:46 Dudley Jump Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  10:45  
Lawson Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS)  10:28
[DEN 72-97]
 
  10:03 Hill Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Smith (2 ST) 
Anthony Driving Reverse Layup Shot: Missed  09:55  
  09:51 Frye Rebound (Off:1 Def:6) 
Carter Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  09:50  
  09:50 Dragic Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  09:50 Team Rebound 
  09:50
[PHX 98-72]
Dragic Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS) 
Smith 3pt Shot: Missed  09:38  
  09:35 Frye Rebound (Off:1 Def:7) 
Carter Foul : Shooting (2 PF)  09:22  
Smith Substitution replaced by Afflalo  09:22  
  09:22
[PHX 99-72]
Hill Free Throw 1 of 2 (5 PTS) 
  09:22
[PHX 100-72]
Hill Free Throw 2 of 2 (6 PTS) 
Andersen Dunk Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Afflalo (1 AST)  09:04
[DEN 74-100]
 
  09:04 Dragic Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
Andersen Free Throw 1 of 1 Missed  09:04  
  09:03 Amundson Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  08:43 Amundson Jump Shot: Missed 
Andersen Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  08:41  
Carter Running Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS)  08:35
[DEN 76-100]
 
  08:17
[PHX 102-76]
Amundson Dunk Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Dragic (2 AST) 
Afflalo Driving Layup Shot: Made (3 PTS)  08:04
[DEN 78-102]
 
  07:41
[PHX 104-78]
Amundson Dunk Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Dragic (3 AST) 
Anthony Layup Shot: Made (29 PTS)  07:27
[DEN 80-104]
 
  07:11 Dragic Jump Shot: Missed Block: Afflalo (2 BLK) 
Anthony Rebound (Off:2 Def:4)  07:09  
Afflalo Jump Shot: Missed  07:04  
Team Rebound  07:04  
Timeout : Official  07:04  
  07:04 Hill Substitution replaced by Barbosa 
Anthony Substitution replaced by Petro  07:04  
Andersen Substitution replaced by Balkman  07:04  
Afflalo Jump Shot: Missed  07:00  
  06:58 Amundson Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  06:47 Barbosa Running Bank shot: Missed 
  06:43 Barbosa Rebound (Off:2 Def:0) 
  06:42 Dudley 3pt Shot: Missed 
Lawson Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  06:39  
  06:36 Amundson Foul : Shooting (4 PF) 
Lawson Free Throw 1 of 2 (5 PTS)  06:36
[DEN 81-104]
 
Lawson Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  06:36  
  06:35 Amundson Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
  06:19 Frye 3pt Shot: Missed 
Afflalo Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  06:16  
Lawson Running Jump Shot: Made (7 PTS)  06:08
[DEN 83-104]
 
  05:48
[PHX 107-83]
Barbosa 3pt Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Dudley (1 AST) 
Team Timeout : Regular  05:38  
  05:38 Frye Substitution replaced by Jones 
Lawson Layup Shot: Made (9 PTS)  05:28
[DEN 85-107]
 
  05:28 Dragic Foul : Shooting (2 PF) 
Lawson Free Throw 1 of 1 (10 PTS)  05:28
[DEN 86-107]
 
  05:14 Dudley Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Carter (1 ST) 
  05:13 Dudley Foul : Clear Path (2 PF) 
  05:13 Dudley Substitution replaced by Clark 
Afflalo Free Throw 1 of 2 (4 PTS)  05:13
[DEN 87-107]
 
Afflalo Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  05:13  
Team Rebound  05:13  
Lawson Jump Shot: Missed  05:06  
  05:04 Jones Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  04:59
[PHX 109-87]
Amundson Alley Oop Dunk Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Dragic (4 AST) 
Petro Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Carter (1 AST)  04:47
[DEN 89-109]
 
  04:32 Dragic Turnover : Traveling (1 TO) 
Carter Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Balkman (1 AST)  04:20
[DEN 91-109]
 
  04:18 Gentry Technical 
Afflalo Free Throw Technical (5 PTS)  04:18
[DEN 92-109]
 
  04:01
[PHX 111-92]
Amundson Dunk Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Dragic (5 AST) 
Lawson Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Amundson (1 ST)  03:45  
  03:35
[PHX 113-92]
Clark Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Balkman Jump Shot: Missed Block: Barbosa (2 BLK)  03:18  
Team Rebound  03:18  
Carter Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Dragic (1 ST)  03:17  
Lawson Foul : Shooting (2 PF)  03:15  
  03:15
[PHX 114-92]
Dragic Free Throw 1 of 2 (5 PTS) 
  03:15 Dragic Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Balkman Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  03:14  
Afflalo Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed  03:00  
Balkman Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  02:58  
Lawson 3pt Shot: Made (13 PTS) Assist: Balkman (2 AST)  02:54
[DEN 95-114]
 
  02:35 Barbosa 3pt Shot: Missed 
Balkman Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  02:33  
Carter Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Afflalo (2 AST)  02:29
[DEN 97-114]
 
  02:11 Barbosa 3pt Shot: Missed 
  02:09 Clark Rebound (Off:2 Def:1) 
  02:09 Clark Tip Shot: Missed 
  02:08 Clark Rebound (Off:3 Def:1) 
  02:08
[PHX 116-97]
Clark Tip Shot: Made (4 PTS) 
Petro Turnaround Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Afflalo (3 AST)  01:43
[DEN 99-116]
 
Carter Foul : Personal (3 PF)  01:32  
  01:32 Team Timeout : Regular 
  01:32 Clark Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  01:32 Team Rebound 
  01:32
[PHX 117-99]
Clark Free Throw 2 of 2 (5 PTS) 
Balkman Jump Shot: Missed  01:22  
  01:22 Team Rebound 
  01:05
[PHX 120-99]
Dragic 3pt Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Clark (1 AST) 
Carter 3pt Shot: Missed  00:51.9  
  00:49.9 Jones Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  00:37.9 Amundson Jump Shot: Missed 
Petro Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  00:35.9  
Balkman 3pt Shot: Missed  00:28.9  
Afflalo Rebound (Off:2 Def:1)  00:27.3  
Afflalo Reverse Layup Shot: Made (7 PTS)  00:27.3
[DEN 101-120]
 
  00:02.8
[PHX 123-101]
Barbosa 3pt Shot: Made (9 PTS) 
End of 4th Quarter
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standings
w
l
l10
h
a
DEN
1st Northwest
53
29
6-4
34-7
19-22
PHX
2nd Pacific
54
28
8-2
32-9
22-19
 
ppg
rpg
apg
bpg
spg
DEN
2 players 30.7
2 players 8.5
2 players 6.3
2 players 1.2
2 players 2.0
PHX
Stoudemire 25.0
Stoudemire 9.3
Nash 11.8
Stoudemire 1.7
Dudley 1.3

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