2011 Suns April Gallery
April 15, 2011
Gary Bender gets ready to call his last game as a broadcaster on April 13 prior to the season ending game against San Antonio.
Grant Hill became the first two-time winner of the Majarle Hustle Award. Dan Majerle presents Grant with the trophy just as he did for the 2007-08 season.
By making at least one free throw without a miss, Steve Nash would become the all-time leading free throw shooter in league history, a title he has had and lost a couple times during the season. He made his only two free throws to end the season on top.
Nash could also end the season shooting free throws at 90%, field goals at 50%, and 3-pointers at 40% with two 3-pointers without a miss. Nash did not attempt any 3-pointers in the game.
Nash did win the assist title for the season when Rajon Rondo did not play in the final Boston game. Rondo would have needed 18 more assits than Nash to overtake the Suns guard.
Marcin Gortat led the Suns to their highest scoring quarter of the year (41 points) with 14 points in the quarter. The Suns led by 16 after one period.
Grant Hill discusses a blocking call with San Antonio head coach Gregg Popovich during the second quarter. The Suns led by eight at the half.
Channing Frye hit three more 3-pointers and scored 17 points for the Suns. The Spurs made a couple runs but couldn't catch the Suns who won the season finale 106-103.
The Suns did not commit a ball handling turnover through three quarters although Gortat had an offensive foul in the third period. Gortat scored 21 points and had 13 rebounds for the Suns.
Hill scored 14 points with four rebounds and three assists.
Robin Lopez came off the Suns bench to score 11 points.
Steve Nash continued his drive for the NBA assists title with eight first-half assists when the Suns met the Timberwolves on April 11.
Hakim Warrick came off the bench to score seven quick points in the second period but the Suns trailed at the half 65-57.
When Jared Dudley hit a 3-pointer with 3:59 remaining, the Suns had tied the game at 108. The shot gave Dudley 20 points in the game.
Channing Frye followed wih a 3-pointer of his own and two other field goals to give him 30 points for the game, the Suns had a three point lead, 115-112, with under two minutes to play.
Nash hit a 3-pointer with 27.3 second left to give the Suns a two point lead only to see Minnesota tie the game.
Grant Hill's banker as time expired stayed on the rim for an eternity before falling off and the game would go to overtime.
Marcin Gortat gave the Suns a two point lead in overtime, scoring his 17th point of the game.
Frye then hit his ninth 3-pointer of the game and the Suns again led by two.
Hill gave the Suns a four point lead with 1:26 left on a jumper in the lane. Dudley then hit the 18th 3-pointer for the Suns (Dudley 5-5) for a seven point lead.
Nash wrapped up the scoring with free throws and the Suns beat Minnesota 135-127. Nash finished with 16 assists on the evening.
Frye scored 33 points with nine 3-pointers in 14 attempts.
Gary Bender was presented a jersey representing his 18 years of broadcasting with the Suns. Bender is retiring from broadcasting.
When Zabian Dowdell made a technical free throw with
Steve Nash returned for a game against Dallas on April 10 with the Suns needing to win three in a row to finish the season at .500. The game did not go well as the Mavericks ran out to a 17-4 lead and never looked back in a 115-90 win.
Marcin Gortat led the Suns in scoring and rebounding with 15 points and nine rebounds.
Jared Dudley was the only other Suns starter in double figures with 11 points.
With his nine assists. Nash is in position to lead the league in assists. Rajon Rondo of Boston needs 14 more assists than Nash over the last two games to overtake Nash.
Aaron Brooks took over for Steve Nash (strained hamstring) and kept the Suns close through three quarters. Brooks scored nine points and handed out nine assists for the game but the Suns fell 109-97.
Grant Hill scored 15 points for the Suns and defended against Chris Paul who scored just seven points for the Hornets.
Marcin Gortat scored 17 points and also had six rebounds for the Suns.
Jared Dudley led the Suns in scoring with 18 points and seven rebounds.
Vince Carter came off the bench to score 14 points.
Channing Frye continued in a shooting slump and scored just nine points but grabbed seven rebounds.
The Suns continued their road trip in Minnesota for the second of a back-to-back against the Timberwolves. The Suns spread around the scoring with Grant Hill and Hakim Warrick leading with nine points each at halftime and the Suns led 56-53.
When Marcin Gortat scored with 9:17 to go in the third period, he became the first Suns player to obtain double figures. At the 4:10 mark in the same period, Gortat pulled down his 10th rebound for another double-double.
Hill followed Gortat into double figures scoring and kept up the scoring pace to end with third quarter with 17 points as the Suns took a 82-77 lead into the last 12 minutes.
Aaron Brooks made a technical free throw to start the fourth period and followed with a jumper to put him in double digits and give the Suns an eight point lead.
Vince Carter hit a jumper with 8:37 to play for his 10th point and put the Suns lead at six, 91-85.
The combination of Gortat, Brooks, Carter (replaced by Dowdell late), Childress, and Warrick kept Minnesota from making a run in the fourth period and extended the lead. The Suns went on to a 108-98 win.
Steve Nash had nine assists through three periods but was not needed in the fourth quarter.
Steve Nash joined the Suns in Chicago for a game against the Bulls on April 5. Nash missed the previous game with flu-like symptoms.
The Bulls are trying to have the best record in the Eastern Conference. The Suns had other ideas but an 11-2 run late in the first half gave the Bulls a 53-40 lead at the half despite Grant Hill's eight first half points.
The Suns found themselves down by 22 points after 3-1/2 minutes of the second half and started their comeback. Channing Frye scored 13 for the Suns including three 3-pointers and added nine rebounds
When Vince Carter scored nine points in less than two minutes, the Suns had closed the gap to four points with seven minutes left. The last of Carter's 23 points came with 26.7 seconds left to get the Suns within two but the Bulls held on to win 97-94.
Marcin Gortat had yet another double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds. He also blocked three shots.
Jared Dudley scored 12 points for the Suns.
Nash had only six points on the night but had 16 assists and two steals.
Hill finished the night with 13 points.
The San Antonio Spurs didnt look like a team that had lost six in a row when they entertained the Suns on April 3. The Spurs shot 57% from the field, were 8 of 12 from three-point range, and built a 57-28 lead midway through the second period.
The Suns were again without Steve Nash who stayed in Phoenix while recovering from flu-like symptoms.
The Spurs bench provided much of the offense with 45 points by halftime. San Antonio had a 70-46 lead at the break.
Aaron Brooks provided the only offense for Phoenix in the first half with 11 points, the only player in double figures.
Jared Dudley helped the Suns close to within 20 points but the Spurs again opened the gap and went on to a 114-97 victory. Dudley scored 12 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Suns.
Marcin Gortat came within one rebound of a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds.
Channing Frye led the Suns in scoring with 14.
Grant Hill scored 11 points for the Suns.
Robin Lopez came off the bench for 10 points.
Vince Carter scored 12 points off the bench for Phoenix but the Spurs bench totaled 73 for the game.
Channing Frye and Grant Hill congratulate each other during an 11-2 run late in the first quarter that gave the Suns a 25-23 lead over the Los Angeles Clippers on April Fools Day.
Hill scored 11 first quarter points.
Jared Dudley capped another run near the end of the second period, this one 12-2, and the Suns were of and running to a 16 point lead.
Aaron Brooks started when Steve Nash could not answer the opening bell. When Brooks scored with 5:18 to go in the third period, the Suns had a 22 point lead.
The Dancing Dads again put on a performance for the crowd.
Hakim Warrick came off the bench to score 17 points as the Suns went on to a 111-98 victory.
Zabian Dowdell used his playing time to advantage and scored a career high 14 points.
Hill finished as the Suns leading scorer on the night with 19.
Frye hit a couple three-pointers and scored nine points.
Marcin Gortat scored another diuble-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Warrick was also in double figures with 10 rebounds.
Brooks finished the game with 12 points and six assists.