Postgame Central: Suns vs. Hawks - February 23, 2011
Box Score & Stats
Suns Bench Helps Ground Hawks in Win
3After vowing to dunk 10 times in 2010-11, reserve forward Jared Dudley threw one down early in the fourth quarter for his third jam of the season.
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Quote of the Game
"“We’re approaching this like we’re a college team and we’re trying to get into the NCAA tournament. We’ve got 27 games left and we don’t have a conference tournament, so we’ve got to have an at-large bid."
Fan Quote of the Game
"Frye stepping up. Good game for our Suns. Long road trip coming up, we will be watching!"
Suns guard Mickael Pietrus discusses Wednesday's win and looks ahead to the team's upcoming road trip.
Suns forward Jared Dudley discusses Wednesday night's win at home over the Hawks.
Suns Head Coach Alvin Gentry talks about starting off the second half of the season with a win.
Channing Frye scores six of his 20 points in the final four minutes to help the Suns defeat the Hawks.
Hakim Warrick drives the lane for the monster one-handed jam.
Frye, Suns Hold Off Short-Handed Hawks
By BOB BAUM
PHOENIX (AP) Channing Frye scored six of his 20 points in the final four minutes and the Phoenix Suns pulled away from the short-handed Atlanta Hawks for a 105-97 victory on Wednesday night.
Jared Dudley went 4 for 5 from 3-point range and finished with 17 points for Phoenix. Steve Nash scored all 13 of his points in the second half and had 10 assists, but also finished with seven turnovers.
Josh Smith scored 26 for the Hawks, who trailed by as many as 18 in the first half but rallied to tie it at 92 with five minutes left. Jamal Crawford had 19 points and Al Horford added 17. Atlanta announced before the game it had traded Mike Bibby, Maurice Evans, Jordan Crawford and a draft pick to the Washington Wizards for Kirk Hinrich and Hilton Armstrong.
Marcin Gortat had 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Suns, who leave Thursday for a season-long six-game road trip.
The Hawks, coming off a 24-point loss to the Lakers in Los Angeles on Tuesday, entered with a 12-4 record in the second of back-to-back games, best in the NBA. And despite being outnumbered by a Suns team that goes 10-deep, the Hawks nearly pulled this one off, too.
Hakim Warrick's first 3-pointer of the season - in four attempts - as the shot clock expired put the Suns ahead 85-73 with 10 1/2 minutes to play.
Atlanta responded with a 19-7 surge, tying it at 92 on Joe Johnson 3-pointer with five minutes to go.
Phoenix regained the lead on Nash's 14-footer, then Frye's turnaround 12-footer bounced in. Gortat made a short bank shot and Frye hit a 20-footer to complete an 8-0 spurt that made it 100-92 with 2:23 left.
Horford had a fast-break dunk with 1:02 to play, but Frye's 9-footer made it 102-94 with just 37.5 seconds remaining.
Phoenix's second unit outscored the Hawks 18-6 to start the second quarter, grabbing a 51-37 lead on Hakim Warrick's rebound dunk with 5:11 remaining in the half. The lead reached 61-43 when Dudley sank a 3-pointer with 1:22 left.
Nash, who missed his only shot in the first half, scored nine consecutive points for Phoenix in the third quarter, then got his 10th assist of the game on a basket by Robin Lopez that put Phoenix ahead 74-63 with 4:10 to go.
NOTES: Frye had two baskets changed to 3-pointers in the first quarter after referee reviews. ... The Suns aren't home again until a March 8 game against Houston. ... Nash's third-quarter 3-pointer put him alone in 10th on the NBA's list for made 3s. ... Defended by Grant Hill, Johnson had 12 points, 7.5 below his season average. ... Both teams made half their 3s - Phoenix 13 of 26, Atlanta 7 of 14.
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