Postgame Central: Suns vs. Pacers - Dec 3, 2010

by Jeramie McPeek
VP, Digital
105 97
December 3, 2010 US Airways Center
Channing Frye
29 PTS, 5 REB, 3 BKS
Josh McRoberts
16 PTS, 9 REB, 3 AST

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Channing Frye exploded for 29 points. The Suns center addied two steals and three blocks to another solid defensive effort.

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“When he plays like that it creates avenues of driving and spacing becomes much better.”
-- Alvin Gentry on Channing Frye

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I think Channing Frye has officially said "I'm going to enter beast mode and simply dominate."
--Noah Raskin

Frye scores 29 as Suns beat Pacers

PHOENIX (AP) Channing Frye scored a season-high 29 points, Jason Richardson added 21 and the Phoenix Suns rallied to beat the road-weary Indiana Pacers 105-97 on Friday night.

The Pacers, playing their fourth game in six nights away from home, led by as many as 12 in the second quarter, but couldn't hold off the Suns' second-half rally, capped by a 31-21 advantage in the fourth quarter.

Frye, who made five of eight 3-pointers, put the Suns ahead for good with a foul-line jumper that made it 90-88 midway through the fourth. After Goran Dragic made one of two foul shots, Richardson connected on his fourth 3-pointer and the Suns were ahead 94-88.

Jared Dudley scored 12 points for the Suns, and Steve Nash had 12 points and 11 assists.

Brandon Rush led the Pacers with 19 points, Josh McRoberts had a season-high 16 and Mike Dunleavy also scored 16.

Indiana put together a 15-0 run that started in the first quarter and carried over to the second. Rush scored eight of the Pacers' last 10 in the first half, helping the Pacers build a 59-52 halftime lead.

The Pacers made eight of 12 3-point attempts in the first half, including three by Rush and two each by Ford and Dunleavy. It helped make up for the absence of starting center Roy Hibbert, who got into foul trouble early on.

The Suns tied it at 74 late in the third on consecutive 3s by Frye, but a pair of free throws by Dunleavy gave the Pacers a two-point lead at the end of the quarter.

NOTES: This was the completion of a four-game, six-day trip for the Pacers, who beat the Los Angeles Lakers and Sacramento before losing to Utah. ... Indiana is averaging 6.71 blocked shots per game and is on pace for the highest average in the team's NBA history. ... Phoenix leads the league in scoring after having won the scoring championship five of the past six years. ... Suns reserves have scored at least 23 points in every game this season.

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