2009-10 Suns December Gallery
January 1, 2009
Amar'e Stoudemire got the Suns going against the Boston Celtics on December 30. This dunk on a pass from Steve Nash accounted for two of Amar'e's 18 first-quarter points. The Suns never let up in a 116-98 romp.
Grant Hill scored this field goal early in the game before having a contact lens get lodged behind his eyelid forcing him to return to the locker room. Hill would return to the game later in the half.
Jason Richardson scores against the Celtics as the Suns took a 12 point halftime lead, 61-49.
Celtics coach Doc Rivers (between players) saw far too much of this scene as Channing Frye made six three-pointers on his way to another double-double with 26 points and 10 rebounds.
Steve Nash drove around former Arizona State star Eddie House and thre rest of the Celtics for 11 points and eight assists.
Robin Lopez played some significant minutes for the second consecutive game and responded with six points and three rebounds.
Louis Amundson converted both free throws as the result of this foul and scored four points for the night.
Leandro Barbosa arched the ball over the Boston defenders often enough to score 17 points off the bench.
The Phoenix Suns came together following a disappointing loss at Golden State to face the Los Angeles Lakers on December 28.
Steve Nash found his teammates for six first quarter assists and the Suns took the lead, 25-23, at the end of one period.
Grant Hill was on the business end of a Nash assist.
Amar'e Stoudemire scored ten points in a row for the Suns late in the second quarter and the Suns kept the lead at the half, 56-50. Amar'e finished the game with 28 points.
Channing Frye scored 14 points and grabbed a season-high 11 rebounds for the Suns.
Jared Dudley came off the bench to score 19 points for the game and help the Suns take command of the game in the third period and led 89-77 with 12 minutes left.
Leandro Barbosa scored 11 of the Suns 52 bench points as the Suns took a 22 point lead with 3:27 remaining in the game.
Goran Dragic was another player off the bench to score in double figures with 14 points.
Nash finished with 16 points and 13 assists as the Suns romped over the Lakers 118-103
When the Suns play the Lakers, things seem to happen a little differently. The players get to the floor quicker.
The Gorilla waves the flag fuller.
The dancers hair flies longer.
The dunkers jump higher. The tounge even comes out further.
The beat L.A. signs are held higher.
Coach Alvin Gentry and the players watching from the bench were more excited.
The bench comes out further to greet the players.
The fans jump higher for successful plays.
The dancers smile is broader.
The three point contestant even tries harder, but still missed.
But most of all, the Gorilla shows the Lakers bench the result.
Steve Nash scored 19 of his 36 points in the third period but Golden State came from behind in the fourth period to win 132-127 on December 26. Nash also contributed nine assists.
Grant Hilll scores early in the second period to give the Suns a three point lead.
Channing Frye listens to Suns Assistant Coach Dan Majerle.
Goren Dragic came off the bench to score 11 points for the Suns.
Frye scored 12 points for the Suns.
Amar'e Stoudemire was blocked from the game by foul trouble and scored only nine points in only 28 minutes of playing time.
The Suns were not in a giving mood when they entertained the Clippers on Christmas Day. Amar'e Stoudemire led the Suns with 26 points and added nine rebounds as the Suns scored early and often.
Steve Nash scored 12 first quarter points and the Suns led 30-26 after one period.
Leandro Barbosa returned to the lineup to score 6 points in each half off the bench and the Suns took a 67-55 lead at the half.
Jason Richardson scored nine of his 18 points in the third period as the Suns extended their lead to 101-77 going to the last period.
Goran Dragic hit three three-pointers as part of his 13 points. Seven Suns scored in double figures.
Jared Dudley contributed 18 points in the Suns 124-91 win over the Clippers.
Despite the loss, the Clippers Rasual Butler stole the fashion show with his traditional colors Christmas shoes.
The Suns were ready to start a new home-court winning streak when they tipped off against the Oklahoma City Thunder on December 23.
Amar'e Stoudemire scored 23 points in the first half and the Suns rallied from a 15-point eficit to trail by two at the half.
Channing Frye continued his hot shooting at home with 13 first half points and would finish the game with 24.
Steve Nash scored nine points in the third quarter the game was tied at 89 with 12 minutes remaining. Nash scored 24 points for the game and added 12 assists.
Amar'e scored 35 points and added 14 rebounds but Kevin Durant scored 38 for the Thunder and his jumper with 13 seconds left sealed the game with the Thunder winning 117-113.
The Phoenix Suns hoped to keep their home court record perfect when they entertained the Cleveland Cavaliers on December 21 in the first visit to Phoenix by Shaquille O'Neal since being traded by the Suns.
Amar'e Stoudemire started quickly with 10 first quarter points and the Suns led at the end of one period 30-29.
Steve Nash drove by O'Neal on this play but the Cavaliers took a six point lead at the half.
When Nash scored his 16th point of the game with 7:32 left in the third period, the game was tied at 65. But Nash would score only two more points and finished the game with 18 points and 10 asists.
Similarly, Amar'e would score only four points after the first quarter to finish with 14 points and 12 rebounds as the Suns lost their first home game of the season after 10 wins, 109-81.
The Suns got some encouragement when they entertained the Washingtion Wizards on December 19.
The Suns scored 63 first-half points with Steve Nash leading a balanced attack with 13 points. Nash finished with 15 points and 15 assists.
Jason Richardson returned after missing one game with a bad wrist. After missing this shot with the wrist bandaged, he played the rest of the way with the wrap removed.
Without the restriction, Richardson finished the game with 22 points.
Amar'e Stoudemire led the Suns with 23 points and 14 rebounds as the Suns scored early and often in a 121-95 win.
Louis Amundson contributed off the bench with eight points, five rebounds, and two blocked shots.
Channing Frye continued his masterful three-point shooting with three more as part of his 14 points.
The Suns tried to snap a 16 game losing streak on TNT when they met the Trailblazers in Portland on December 17. Amar'e Stoudemore scored only three points in the first quarter but the Suns still led by three.
Goren Dragic scored nine points in his first start of the year replacing Jason Richardson. The Suns led by seven at the half.
Grant Hill scored 20 points for the game and the Suns extended the lead to 11 points entering the final period.
Amar'e came on to score 27 points and grab 11 rebounds but the Trailblazers came back and took an eight point lead with 1:47 to play.
Steve Nash scored the last eight points for the Suns but Portland made the free throws down the stretch to hang on for a 105-102 win.
Jared Dudley signs autographs before the Suns tried to remain the only undefeated-at-home team in the NBA against the San Antonio Spurs on December 15.
Jason Richardson started despite a hand injury.
Steve Nash took this charge by Richard Jefferson as the Suns held the Spurs to just 17 first quarter points and took an eleven point lead into the second period.
Amar's Stoudemire scored 18 points in the first half to help the Suns to an 18 point lead late in the second quarter.
Steve Nash added 14 points and passed for seven assists as the Suns took a 15 point lead into the locker room at the half.
Grant Hill scored with 8:32 left in the third period to give the Suns their biggest lead at 76-56.
The Spurs closed to within one point early in the fourth quarter but Goren Dragic provided a spark with seven points in the period to help the Suns to a 116-104 victory.
Nash and Stoudemire played the two-man game to perfection. Nash scored 25 points and added 13 assists. Amar'e scored 28 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to keep the Suns perfect at home in niine games.
Steve Nash scored 28 points and added seven assists in Denver on December 12 in the second of back-to-back games but the Nuggets prevailed 105-99.
Jason Richardson scored eight points and grabbed five rebounds as the Suns let a 17-point third period lead slip away.
Amar'e Stoudemire contributed 13 points and 8 rebounds to the Suns effort.
Steve Nash led the Suns against the Orlando Magic on December 11 with a 16-game home court winning streak on the line. Nash tallied 8 points & six assists in the first period as the Suns took an 11 point lead. Steve finished with 20 points and 18 assists
The Suns scored the first eight points of the secnd quarter with Amar'e Stoudemire scoring six of them to give Phoenix a 19 point lead. Amar'e finished with 28 points and 10 rebounds for the game.
Jason Richardson scored 16 points for the Suns but the Magic closed the gap and eventually took a lead in fourth quarter.
Jared Dudley came off the bench to score 19 points and grab five rebounds for the Suns.
With the score tied, Steve Nash made this free throw to give the Suns a 102-101 lead with 1:59 remaining.
After two Orlando free throws, Grant Hill made this bank shot to give the Suns a 104-103 lead with 1:09 left in the game.
Stoudemire grabbed a missed Phoenix shot and put back this dunk to give the Suns a three point lead and the ultimate victory 106-103 to extend the home court winning streak to 17 games.
On December 8 the Phoenix Suns traveled to Dallas for a game against the Mavericks. Steve Nash hit two late three-pointers and two free throws to get the Suns within one point with 3.7 seconds remaining in the game.
Jason Richardson also hit a late three-pointer to give the Suns a chance for the vitory but, the Marvericks held on for a 102-101 victory.
Amar'e Stoudemire added 20 points and blocked this Josh Howard shot.
Grant Hill scored nine points for the Suns.
Jared Dudley came off the bench to score 11 points and grab three rebounds.
Amar'e Stoudemire and his Suns teammates looked to get closer to the Lakers with a game in Los Angeles on December 6. Amar'e led the Suns with 18 points and eight rebounds.
Steve Nash contributed 12 points and added 10 assists.
Grant Hill scored 12 points but the SUns fell behind early and fell to the Lakers 108-88.
Taylor Griffin saw some laying time and blocked this shot late in the game.
Head coach Allen Gentry (center) along with assistants Dan Majerle (left) and Bill Cartwright did not like what they saw.
Grant Hill scores early against the Sacramento Kings on December 5. Hill scored 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds in a game that would be back and forth all the way.
Amar'e Stoudemire grabbed 21 rebounds for the sixth time in his career to go with 18 points.
With 17 lead changes and 16 ties in the game, Steve Nash took over in the fourth period with 10 points to give the Suns a 115-107 win over the Kings. Nash totaled 32 points on the night.
Channing Frye hit three three-pointers in the final six minutes and finished with 15 points.
Jared Dudley came off the bench for nine points.
Channing Frye and the Phoenix Suns finished a four game road trip in Cleveland on Wednesday, December 2. The CAVS wore retro uniforms to make the Suns look like the home team. Frye led the Suns with 22 points.
Jared Dudley got by LeBron James enough to score six points.
The Suns continued their road trip in New York on Tuesday. Former Knicks player Channing Frye drove the baseline for this dunk in one of the few highlights for the Suns.
Alando Tucker scored 14 points in the fourth quarter in his first action since being activated.
Jason Richardson scored 14 points for the Suns but the Knicks led all the way for a 126-99 win over the Suns.
Amar'e Stoudemire had a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds but the Suns trailed by 28 points at the half.
Steve Nash totaled 14 points and five assists.
Jason Richardson was held scoreless until two late three-pointers to finish with six points and seven rebounds.
Steve Nash led the Suns with 20 points and eight assists.
Grant Hill had twelve points and the Suns closed to within 12 points in the fourth quarter but lost their second road game in a row, 107-90.