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2009 February Photo Gallery
January 1, 2009
Shaquille O'Neal led a hot shooting night at U S Airways Center when the Suns met the Toronto Raptors on February 27. Shaq finished with his Suns high with 45 points on 20 of 25 shooting.
Louis Amundson made his first seven field goals and finished with his career high of 20 points.
Grant Hill helped with the passing game--Steve Nash missed his second straight game--with 12 assists.
Jason Richardson showed off his highest percentage shot with this monster duck as the Suns pulled away in the fourth qyarter for a 133-113 win.
But the best percentage in U S Airways Center came from Rhett Brown in the Casina Arizona Lucky 7 Shootout. Rhett put up a half court shot in Rick-Berry-free-throw-style and got nothing but net.
Brown's one make in one attempt brought down the house as Rhett celebrated.
Rhett Brown will take home $77,777 for his accurate shooting.
The Suns were missing a lot of fire power against the Lakers on February 26. In addition to Amar'e Stoudemire already being out, Steve Nash could not play after spraining his ankle two nights earlier.
Leandro Barbosa tried to keep the Suns in the game with 18 first-half points but the Lakers led by 16 at the break.
Jason Richardson scored 13 points on the night.
Alando Tucker saw some playing time and contributed 18 points but the Lakers defeated the Suns 132-106.
Shaquille O'Neal scored 20 points and added eleven rebounds when the Suns met the Charlotte Bobcats on February 24.
Matt Barnes contributed 14 points as the Suns led by as many as 18 points but couldn't put away the Bobcats.
Jason Richardson can't quite get around the leaning Gerald Wallace but made the resulting free throws. J Rich scores 20 points against his former team.
On the other end, Louis Amundson gets position on D. J. Augustin and gets the charging call.
Steve Nash had to be helped off the court when he sprained his ankle after making a three-pointer and landing on a defensive players foot. Nash totaled 22 points in the game.
Boris Diaw returned to Phoenix for the first time since being traded to rack up 27 points against his former team.
Former Suns player Raja Bell also looked in familar form with 23 points.
Leandro Barbosa continued his fine play in a starting tole with 17 points as the Suns beat the Bobcats 112-102.
Steve Nash and his Suns teammates ran into a hot-shooting Boston Celtics team on February 22. Nash scored 19 points and had 11 assists.
Jason Richardson led the Suns in scoring with 21 points.
Leandro Barbosa continued his prolific scoring as a starter with 18 points.
Shaq had 17 points but the Celtics shot 63 percent and beat the Suns 128-108.
Leandro Barbosa got the start against Oklahoma City on February 20 with Amar'e Stoudemire out as the result of eye surgery. Barbosa scored a career high 41 points to go with seven rebounds, six steals, and seven assists.
Matt Barnes had nine assists in the game as the Suns ran to a 79-57 halftime lead.
Shaquille O'Neal scored 22 points and pulled down nine rebounds but the Thunder made a run to get within six points in the fourth quarter.
Louis Amundson tried to block this shot by Kevin Durant but Durant was able to score 35 points for the Thunder.
Steve Nash again controlled the spread out attack with eight of the Suns 35 assists.
Jason Richardson scored a season high 34 points to help the Suns reassert themselves in the fourth quarter and score 140 points for the third straight game in the 140-118 victory.
Suns coach Alvin Gentry hoped that a second consecutive game against the Los Angeles Clippers on February 18 would have the same result as the first, a 140-100 victory the previous night.
Shaquille O'Neal started the Suns on their way to a quick nine point advantage.
Steve Nash was once again flying all over the court and recording 12 assists for the game to go along with 21 points.
Jason Richardson returned from a one game suspension to score 17 points and grab seven rebounds.
Amar'e Stoudemire came up huge with 42 points and eleven rebounds as the Suns exceeded their point total from the previous night with a 142-119 win.
Alvin Gentry prepares to begin his first game as head coach of the Phoenix Suns on February 17 against the Los Angeles Clippers.
Phoenix came out firing on all cylinders and took a quick 15-4 lead. Amar'e Stoudemire scored 23 points on the evening.
Matt Barnes contributed nine rebounds and six assists. The Suns scored 81 points in the first half and finished with 34 assists as a team for the game.
Goran Dragic was one of six Suns players in double figures with 12 points.
Shaquille O'Neal scored 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds in just 21 minutes of playing time.
Leandro Barbosa led the Suns in scoring with 24 points in a starting role.
The bench reacts to a Louis Amundson to Steve Nash and lob back to Amundson for the dunk. The Suns had lots to smile about in a 140-100 beating of the Clippers.
When the Suns met the Cleveland Cavaliers on February 11, Amar'e Stoudemire had to pick up the scoring load with Steve Nash not playing due to an assortment of aches and pains. Amar'e scored 27 in three quarters.
The remaining starters could manage only 44 points with Jason Richardson scoring 10.
Leandro Barbosa scored nine points and handed out seven assists starting for Nash but the Cavaliers prevailed 109-92 in the last game prior to the All-Star break.
Jason Richardson continued his scoring spree by contributing 10 first quarter points when the Suns visited Philadephia on February 9 for the second of back-to-back road games.
The Suns fell behind 55-44 at the half as the shots were just not falling like they had the previous night in Detroit.
Steve Nash followed up his 21 assist night in Detroit with eight more against the 76ers, but the Suns found themselves in a 14-point hole a the end of three quarters.
Alando Tucker tried to provide some spark off the bench providing seven points in limited action.
Leandro Barbosa contributed nine points off the bench, but the Suns fell to the 76ers 108-91.
Amar'e Stoudemire scores in the first half against Detroit on February 8 as the Suns took a 62-50 haltime lead.
Grant Hill made his first five shots for 10 first half points.
Jason Richardson contributed 21 points for the game and helped the Suns maintain their lead througout the second half.
Steve Nash came within one of tying his career high for assists with 21 against the Pistons in the Suns 107-97 victory.
Shaquille O'Neal scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Suns.
Amar'e Stoudemire and the Phoenix Suns got off to a much better start when they played the Golden State Warriors for the second consecutive game on February 6. The Suns jumped to a 15-2 lead. Amar'e scored 19 points and added 14 rebounds for the game.
Louis Amundson got some early playing time when Shaq picked up two fouls in the first minute of play.
Shaquille O'Neal returned in the second quarter to score six points and grab five rebounds. On the one-year anniversary of Shaq becoming a Suns player, Phoenix went to the locker room with a 59-54 lead.
Steve Nash handed out six assists in the third quarter as the Suns kept the lead 86-85 entering the final period.
Jason Richardson scored seven points (of 25 for the game) in the first two minutes of the fourth quarter and the Suns took a seven point lead.
Grant Hill scored eight straight points (of 27 for the game) in the middle of the fourth quarter to give the Suns a ten point lead they never relinquised and beat the Warriors 115-105.
Steve Nash was all smiles before the Suns met Golden State for the first of back-to-back games on February 4.
Matt Barnes played his first game against his former teammates. Barnes scored 10 points but the Suns trailed 17-2 before Barnes came into the game.
Jason Richardson faced a former team and led the Suns in scoring with 24 points.
Grant Hill scored eight points for the Suns but they could never cut the deficit to single digits.
Nash scored 16 points and handed out nine assists.
Amar'e Stoudemire scored 13 points and had eight rebounds but the Suns fell to the Warriors 124-112.
After dropping two in a row at home, the Suns had some heavy lifting to do to get back on the winning track when they met the Sacramento Kings on February 2.
With Jason Richardson leading the way with 16 first quarter points, the Suns scored early and often to beat the Kings 129-81 with all 12 players contributing. J Rich scored 24 for the game.
Grant Hill scored 14 points to go with seven rebounds and three steals.
Amar'e Stoudemire sported a new headband and set the defensive tone by taking an early charge. Amar'e led all scorers with 25 points.