2010 AutoTrader.com Open
October 11, 2010
Channing Frye and Jared Dudley catch up with Steve Kerr at practice prior to the Suns meeting the Dallas Mavericks in an outdoor game at Indian Wells, California on October 9.
Grant Hill chats with Mike Fratello at practice.
Jared Dudley measures his shot in the open air of Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
Big man coach Bill Cartwright instructs rookie Gani Lawal.
Suns owner Robert Sarver negotiates the terms of the Half Court Challenge.
Robert Sarver takes a behind-the-back attempt from half court.
The team watches Dan Majerle throw up his shot.
The team reacts as Channing Frye sinks his shot from half court.
The Gorilla was a big hit with Suns fans before the game.
Captains Jason Richardson and Steve Nash meet with official Tommy Nunez Jr. as the light fades in Indian Wells.
a sellout crowd and 90 degree temperatures greeted the players at tipoff.
Grant Hill and the rest of the starters showed increased playing time with each playing about half of the game.
Steve Nash used the increased minutes to score seven points and pass for ten assists.
PHX Percussion entertained at the quarter break.
The Suns went on a 15-5 scoring run in the third period capped by Jason Richardson's four points to give the Suns a 75-55 lead with 3:12 remaining. Richardson finished with 15 points.
Hedo Turkoglu continued his slow start with three points and five rebounds but the Suns built a 20 point lead after three periods.
Robin Lopez was a perfect 4-4 from the field for 11 points and added six rebounds.
The Sun Dancers were a hit with the crowd of over 15,000.
Hakim Warrick was one of five Suns in double figures with 10 points in 15 minutes of playing time.
Josh Childress added six points.
Channing Frye scored 12 points but shot only 2 for 10 from three point range.
The Mavericks closed to within five points late in the game after a 14-1 run but the Suns held on for their first preseason win, 98-90.
Hill led the Suns with 16 points.