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2010-11 Suns December Gallery
December 31, 2010
After a two and a half hour practice the previous day with an emphasis on defense, Grant Hill and the Suns challenged Detroit in a New Year's Eve game.
Shots were contested, this one by Mickael Pietrus, and the result was a ten point lead after holding the Pistons to just 14 first quarter points.
More defense byJared Dudley and the rest of the reserves in the second quarter allowed the Suns to take an 18 point lead, 50-32, into the locker room at the half.
The offensive end also put on a show. Pietrus scored nine points in the first quarter with two three pointers.
Vince Carter scored 12 points in the first half with two three pointers.
Dudley came off the bench to score 15 points in the first half with three three pointers, including one with 2:06 left in the half that gave the Suns a 22 point lead.
Hill contributed 11 points, three steals, and three assists to go with his fine defensive game.
Goren Dragic hit two big three pointers during the Suns run and added five assists.
Pietrus finished with 11 points and four rebounds in his first start for the Suns.
Steve Nash scored just seven points with two of the team total of 12 three pointers and the Suns led all the way for a 92-75 victory.
Vince Carter made his Suns debut on December 29 when the Suns hosted the Philadelphia 76ers at US Airways Center.
Steve Nash led the Suns to a 35 point first quarter with 10 points and six assists but the Suns led by only two at 35-33.
Robin Lopez contributed at both ends of the floor with six early points. . .
and blocked this shot on the other end. Lopez finished with eight points for the game.
Grant Hill was all over the floor in the first period by keeping loose balls alive, taking charges, and scoring eight points. Grant finished the game with 17 points and five rebounds.
At the quarter break the Suns honored troops in attendance at the game.
Mickael Pietrus hit three three-pointers in the second period but the Suns trailed by a point at the break.
Carter scored the first four points of the third quarter and the Suns had a three point lead but the Suns trailed by six at the end of the period. Carter played 32 minutes and scored 18 points.
Philadelphia ran out to an 11 point lead with 5:10 left but the Suns closed quickly to within six points on a Marcin Gortat layin.
Coach Alvin Gentry could only watch as the 76ers hit big shot after big shot down the stretch and the Suns fell 123-110.
Nash led the Suns with 23 points and 15 assists.
Hakim Warrick scored five points and had four rebounds off the bench.
Goran Dragic played only 10 minutes while in foul trouble.
Channing Frye managed only four points on two of seven shooting.
Channing Frye challenged Blake Griffin when the Suns met the Clippers in LA on December 26. The Clippers took an 18 point lead in the first half with Griffin scoring 19 and hauling in eight rebounds.
Goren Dragic scored five points in the second period and the Suns were able to close within 12 points at the half, 61-49.
Grant Hill had the defensive assignment on Griffin in the third quarter and the Suns were able to close within one point 79-78.
Steve Nash broke loose for 11 points in the third quarter rally and finished the game with 21 points and 15 assists with no turnovers.
Mickael Pietrus scored 15 of his 25 points in the foruth period but the Suns could never get the lead and dropped a 108-103 decision to the Clippers.
Jared Dudley scored just six points after scoring 60 total in this last two games.
Robin Lopez scored just two points on this feed from Nash.
Marcin Gortat also provided a defensive presence and scored 11 points off the bench. The bench scored 43 points for the game.
Steve Nash welcomed Muhammad Ali to US Airways Center for the Phoenix-Miami game on December 23.
Nash ignited an early run when he recorded assists on the first eight Phoenix field goals.
Jared Dudley hit a three pointer to give the Suns a 21-10 lead.
Marcin Gortat made his first appearance in a Suns uniform since coming to the Suns in a trade with Orlando. Marcin recorded four points and four rebounds.
Mickael Pietrus also played his first game for the Suns. Michael came in the same trade with Gortat along with Vince Carter who will wait until Sunday for his first game.
Robin Lopez scored ten first half points but the Heat took a six point lead at the half.
Dudley scored 33 points for a new career high but the Suns could not erase a 14 point Heat lead and lost 93-83. Dudley also grabbed 12 rebounds.
Grant Hill had the defensive assignment on LeBron James but still had time for eight points, four rebounds, and four assists.
Nash finished the game with 18 assists for the second time this season.
Channing Frye scored 14 points for the Suns including three of seven from three point range.
With three new teammates, Vince Carter, Marcin Gortat, and Mikael Pietrus, being introduced in Phoenix, Jared Dudley was scoring 27 points against the Spurs in San Antonio on December 20. His efforts were not enough as the Spurs won 118-110.
Josh Childress scored 15 points off the bench and added five rebounds.
Grant Hill followed his 30 point night against Oklahoma City the previous night with 19 points.
Stee Nash scored 19 points to go with 10 assists.
Goran Dragic had eight points and four assists.
Hakim Warrick scored nine ponits and added five rebounds off the bench.
Despite all the distractions--the Saturday trade of three players, Nash's neck stinger, and outrageous "brick" signs--Grant Hill and the Phoenix Suns beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 113-110 on December 19.
Steve Nash came back from a neck stinger on Thursday night in Dallas to score 20 points and hand out 10 assists.
Goran Dragic came off the bench to score 11 points and total five assists.
Channing Frye moved into the starting lineup and totaled 12 points and five rebounds.
Josh Childress responded to increased playing time with ten points and five rebounds.
But it was Hill that wouldn't let this game get away even after Oklahoma City took a lead. Hilll totaled 30 points and 11 rebounds.
The Phoenix Suns started a tough three game road trip in Dallas on December 17. Less than five minutes into the game Steve Nash suffered a stinger when hit in the head by an elbow while diving for a loose ball. Nash did not return to the game.
Goran Dragic replaced Nash and contributed six points by the end of the quarter.
Hakim Warrick also scored six points off the bench to help the Suns take a 25-22 lead at the end of one period. Hakim finished with 15 points and 14 rebounds.
Robin Lopez scored six points in the second period but Dallas took over the game and never looked back for a 106-91 win.
Steve Nash had 10 assists before he scored, the Suns made 15 of 27 three-pointers, including three in a row to break open a tight game, and give the Suns a 128-122 win over Minnesota on December 15.
Jason Richardson broke out of his shooting slump and scored nine of the first 14 points as the Suns took an early 14-4 lead.
Robin Lopez returned to the lineup and contributed 12 points and eight rebounds in 24 minutes of action.
Richardson scored 24 points in the first half on his way to a game high of 29 but the Suns found themselves tied at the half.
Grant Hill scored 12 of his 21 points in the second half but Minnesota had the lead early in the fourth period.
Goran Dragic came of the bench to score 11 points and hand out five assists. The bench contributed 34 points in the victory.
The Suns trailed by five when Channing Frye hit a three pointer to cut the Minnesota lead to two, 102-100.
Jared Dudley got the Suns to within one point with another three pointer with 6:48 remaining.
Two more bombs from Frye and the Suns were ahead by five and starting to put the game away.
With 4:49 remaining, Dudley hit yet another three pointer to give the Suns an eight point lead, 114-106. Jason Richardson signals the three in the background.
Nash kept the Timberwolves from getting too close with seven free throws in the last 32 seconds.
Nash totaled 19 assists in the game including this one to Grant Hill in the corner for a three pointer.
Former Suns All-Star and current mayor of Sacramento, Kevin Johnson, was in attendance on December 10 when the Suns met the Blazers for the second time in four days and third time already this season.
Steve Nash led the Suns with 24 points but the Suns suffered through a poor shooting game (44.6%) as Portland beat Phoenix for the third time this season 101-94.
Hakim Warrick scored on several dunks and totaled 14 points for the Suns.
Hedo Turkoglu led a late Suns charge to close a 15 point deficit to six points with two minutes to go. Hedo scored 11 for the game.
Channing Frye was six of 12 from the field, many from just inside the three point line, for 12 points.
Goran Dragic scored six points off the bench.
Grant Hill hustled his way to 17 points.
Jason Richardsons shooting slump continued on 2 for 9 shooting including misses on all four attempts from long range.
Grant Hill and the rest of the starters struggled in the second of back-to-back games against Memphis on December 8. Hill finished with 10 points on the night.
Jason Richardson could manage only one of 11 shots from the field and ended with four points.
Steve Nash scored 11 points and added seven assists on just five of 12 shooting.
Channing Frye scored 11 points and pulled down seven rebounds.
The reserves came to the rescue by scoring all 27 points of the fourth period to overcome a 14 point deficit and take a three point lead. Goran Dragic tied the game with 1:41 left.
Hedo Turkoglu hit a three with 6.2 second left to break the tie. Hedo scored 15 points in the game and added seven rebounds.
Jared Dudley scored five points in the fourth period and made a big three pointer during the Suns run.
Josh Childress scored seven points in the game and the Suns took the game to overtime for the second time in Phoenix this season.
Dragic also added five assists but the Grizzlies prevailed in overtime 104-98.
Steve Nash led the Suns with 24 points when they traveled to Portland for the second time this season on December 7.
Grant Hill added 23 points and eight rebounds but Portland again rallied in the fourth period to defeat the Suns 106-99.
Channing Frye had 13 points and seven rebounds before fouling out. Frye was three of four from long range.
Jason Richardson managed only six points after having his playing time limited by early foul difficulty.
Nash also had 17 assists for the second consecutive game.
Steve Nash scored eight first quarter points when the Suns took on the Wizards on December 5 but Washington had the lead 31-28.
With the score tied at 57, Hakim Warrick gave the Suns the lead for good with a three point play and the Suns were off and running. Warrick and Nash combined for 34 first half points and the Suns led 64-61.
The Suns opened the second half with a 16-6 run capped by four points from Earl Barron to extend the lead to 13. The Wizards would get no closer than 11 points and the Suns won 125-108.
Jason Richardson scored 21 points for the Suns including four of eight field goals from three point range.
Hedo Turkoglu hit his only three point attempt and scored seven points off the bench. The reserves scored 59 points in the game.
Josh Childress made all three of his shots for six points.
Goran Dragic also scored six points to go with four assists.
Warrick led all scorers with 26 points and pulled down six rebounds.
Nash connected on all his shots eight field goals including a three pointer and three free throws. He also had 17 assists to go with the 20 points.
Steve Nash welcomed Earl Barron too his first starting assignment at home on December 3 against Indiana after a start at Golden State the previous night.
The Suns started slowly but found themselves even at 20 point each until Indiana scored 10 straight points to end the first quarter and start the second. Barron played 19 minutes, scored six points, and was credited with four steals.
Goren Dragic scored seven straight points for the Suns to begin a long comeback that extended into the third period. Dragic finished the game with nine points, six rebounds, and four assists.
Coach Alvin Gentry looks on as the Suns make their way back.
Channing Frye hit consecutive three pointers to tie the game at 74-74 with 1:20 left in the third. A jumper and another three gave the Suns the lead with 10:52 left in the game. Frye led the Suns with 29 points including five for eight from long range.
Jason Richardson gave the Suns a six point advantage with 3:24 left in the game with the tenth three pointer on Steve Nashs eleventh assist. JR scored 21 for the game.
Grant Hill increased the lead to seven at 99-92 with a bank shot with 1:58 remaining. Hill finished with eight points.
Another Richardson jumper kept the lead at seven and four Nash free throws allowed the Suns to run their record to 10-9 with a 105-97 victory.
Four Nash free throws allowed the Suns to run their record to 10-9 with a 105-97 victory.
Jared Dudley came off the bench to score 12 points.
Hedo Turkoglu stretches before the Suns met the Golden State Warriors in San Francisco on December 2.
Jason Richardson scored 12 points in the first period and gave the Suns a 12-11 lead they would never relinquish with a three pointer in the Suns 107-101 victory. JR led the Suns with 25 points in the game.
Grant Hill added 10 points in the first period when the Suns took a 31-20 lead.
Steve Nash totaled 11 assists in the first half and helped lead a balanced scoring attack in the second quarter. Phoenix held on to the lead, 52-49, at the half.
Golden State stayed close in the third period but four points from Hill and nine more from Richardson allowed the Suns to maintain their three point lead at 75-72.
Channing Frye extended the lead to five with a jumper to start the fourth quarter.
Goran Dragic and Jared Dudley each scored seven points early in the fourth period to extend the Suns lead to 14 points with 6:53 remaining in the game.
After the Warriors scored 10 straight points to close within four, Nash encouraged the Suns to dig deep to hold on to the game.
Hill scored six points including four straight free throws to put the lead back to eight.
Nash also hit four free throws to keep the Warriors from getting closer. Nash finished with 13 points and 16 assists.
Hakim Warrick scored six points for the Suns as they evened their record at 9-9.