2008 December Photo Gallery
January 1, 2008
With Steve Nash out with back spasms, Shaquille O'Neal played in back-to-back games for the first time in December when the Suns met the Memphis Grizzlies on December 30.
Amar's Stoudemire stepped up early with eight quick points and four rebounds in the first quarter.
But the night was short for Amar'e as he was ejected early in the second period with two technical fouls.
Shaq took over the middle responding with 24 points, 13 rebounds, and three blocked shots to keep the Suns in the game.
With Memphis ahead 84-76, Leandro Barbosa scored 10 of the Suns next 11 points and the Suns took a 87-84 lead that was never relinquished.
Barbosa finished with a game high 28 points leading the Suns to a 101-89 victory.
The Suns had to overcome a hot shooting first quarter by Oklahoma City when they met on December 29. Jason Richardson scored 10 of his 20 points in the first period to get the Suns even after one quarter.
Steve Nash left the game with three minutes remaining with back spasms and did not return.
Amar'e Stoudemire scored twelve of his 14 points in the first half to help the Suns to a five point halftime lead. Amar'e played only 23 minutes due to foul troubles.
Matt Barnes came off the bench to score 19 points and grab six rebounds as the Suns maintined their lead going to the last period.
Leandro Barbosa also contributed off the bench with 10 points, six steals and five assists.
Louis Amundson also contibuted valuable minutes as the bench scored 37 points, pulled down 18 rebounds, had eight steals and eight assists.
But in the end, it was Shaquille O'Neal that provided the difference by scoring 28 points, grabbing 12 rebounds, and blocking two shots and the Suns posted a 110-102 voctory over the Thunder.
The fans were out in Christmas gear, well, at least the hats, when the Suns met the San Antonio Spurs on Christmas Day.
Amar'e Stoudemire passed out some Christmas gifts in the form of his autograph before the game.
Steve Nash and his teammates gave out a gift of a different sort, wrapped and all, to lucky kids before the game.
Shaquille O'Neal came out agressively against Tim Duncan as evidence by this drive and dunk helping the Suns to an 11-0 lead. Shaq finished the game with 23 points, 12 rebounds, and four blocked shots.
Amar'e Stoudemire continued his string of 20 point games with 25 points, 13 rebounds, and two blocks.
Steve Nash tied the game at 88 all with a free throw for a technical foul with 1:01 remaining.
Roger Mason is congratulated by Spurs teammates for hitting a three point shot at the buzzer to beat the Suns 91-90 after the Suns had taken the lead on a Grant Hill layup with 4 seconds remaining.
Amar'e Stoudemire scored 27 points, blocked three shots, and pulled down three of his 10 rebounds in the last three minutes.
Steve Nash hit a three pointer to break the tie and give the Suns a 104-101 lead.
High fives all around when Nash hit another three pointer with 59 seconds remaining that gave the Suns a six point lead. Nash finished with 16 points and 11 assists.
Shaquille O'neal scored 19 points and captured 9 rebounds, the last one preserving the victory as he was fouled and scored the last point in the Suns 108-101 victory.
Shaquille O'Neal led Phoenix on a second quarter surge that gave the Suns a 66-59 halftime advantage at Portland on Decmber 18.
Portland guard Brandon Roy brought the Blazers back by scoring 15 consecutive points during the third quarter to take a 98-93 lead over the Suns. Roy finished with a career high 52 points.
Plaqued by first half foul trouble, Amar'e Stoudemire scored only six points. Amar'e dominated much of the second half to finish with 23 points and 8 assists.
Steve Nash made two free throws with 1:50 to go to give the Suns their last lead at 119-117 but Brandon Roy's late three pointer keyed the Blazers 124-119 victory.
The New York Knicks game on December 15 marked the return of former coach Mike D'Antoni to Phoenix.
Also returning was Quentin Richardson who met with Steve Nash as captains before the game.
Shaquille O'Neal and Amar'e Stoudemire quickly established themselves on the boards as the Suns scored 32 first-quarter points. Shaq finished with 12 rebounds and Amar'e 14 for the game.
Amar'e gave the Suns a 17 point lead in the first quarter when he scored a layin with 2:29 left. Amar'e scored 21 points in the game.
Jason Richardson scored 16 points and pulled down 7 rebounds in his first start
This picture could be from any of the last four years as Steve Nash and Mike D'Antoni had a brief meeting during the game.
Shaq continued to dominate inside and finished the game with 23 points as the Suns maintained their lead throuhout.
The Knicks closed to within three points with four minutes to go but a Nash field goal, a couple Shaq free throws and a Nash three-pointer gave the Suns a 111-103 victory.
Newest Suns guard Jason Richardson arrived at US Airways Center for his first game after being traded Charlotte to Phoenix.
"I can't stop smiling," Richardson told the local media before the game.
The seven-year veteran got a feel for his new home court during pregame shootaround.
Amar'e Stoudemire did his best to make up for the absence of Shaquille O'Neal with 21 points and 14 assists against Orlando and All-Star center Dwight Howard.
Steve Nash registered a double-double with 21 points and 10 assists.
Grant Hill celebrates his game-winning reverse lay-in with 2.7 seconds left to give the Suns a 113-112 win over his former team.
Richardson's Suns debut was a success, as he finished the night with 21 points in 33 minutes.
Suns coach Terry Porter had only eight players when Phoenix visited the Lakers on December 10.
Steve Nash found himself playing without Raja Bell, Boris Diaw, and Sean Singletary (all traded to Charlotte) and Shaquille O'Neal (in North Carolina after the death of his great grandmother).
Louis Amundson saw increased playing time and scored six points in the first half.
Robin Lopez started and added seven points by halftime.
Amar'e Stoudemire led a spirited Suns attack in the first half with 11 points.
Grant Hill scored nine points in a balanced attack that saw the Suns trail by five, 53-48, at the break.
Steve Nash hit a three pointer with just over three minutes to go in the third quarter to give the Suns their first lead at 75-74.
Matt Barnes had 10 first half points and added 12 more in the third period to get the Suns within one point going to the fourth quarter.
When Leandro Barbosa hit a three pointer with 10:18 remaining in the game the Suns enjoyed their last lead as the Lakers went on to win 115-110.
Shaquille O'Neal scored 35 points to lead the Suns to their 21st consecutive victory over Milwaukee in Phoenix on December 8, 125-110.
Steve Nash scored 12 of his 19 points in the first half as the Suns tallied 74 points before the break, a season high.
The Bucks made a run in the third quarter to close within three points but Amar'e Stoudemire hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to give the Suns a six point lead, 96-90.
Shaq scored six straight points early in the fourth quarter to give the Suns a ten point lead and then another seven in a row and the Suns were cruising at 118-102 with less than four minutes remaining.
Matt Barnes contributed only five points but handed out five assists, his season high.
Leandro Barbosa continued his scoring off the bench with 15 points.
Stat finished the game with 22 points and 8 rebounds.
Shaquille O'Neal came out strong when the Suns hosted the Utah Jazz on December 6. Shaq scored seven quick points in the first quarter but the Jazz came back to tie the game at 26 all after one period.
Goran Dragic saw some playing time and helped the Suns build a nine points lead inthe second period.
Steve Nash passed for six first half assists but the Jazz again rallied and the game was tied again at 50 at the half
The back and forth game was again tied at the end of three periods at 78-78 despite 15 points each from O'Neal and Amar'e Stoudemire.
Leandro Barbosa was the Suns leading scorer through three periods with 17 points.
Barbosa scored with 2:45 left in the game to break the last of 23 ties and the Suns held on to beat the Jazz 106-104. Barbosa finished with a team leading 25 points.
Stoudemire came up big on the boards with 20 rebounds to go with his 22 points.
Shaq also made his presence felt around the basket with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Matt Barnes came off the bench to score 14 points and add 7 rebounds as the Suns broke their first 4 game losing streak in three years.
Steve Nash returned to the lineup after missing a game with flu-like symptoms when the Suns met the Mavericks in Dallas on December 4. Nash scored 20 points and handed out 10 assists.
Shaquille O'Neal also returned to the lineup but the Suns found themselves down 18 points at the half.