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2010-11 Suns February Gallery
February 1, 2011
Steve Nash greets the newest New Jersey Nets player, Deron Williams, when the Suns played in Newark on February 28.
The game also featured Robin Lopez for the Suns and twin brother Brook (11) for the Nets.
Robin had eight first half points and Phoenix had the lead 52-51.
Hakim Warrick scored 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds but late 3-pointers by the Nets sent the game to overtime.
Channing Frye provided the dramatics for the second straight night with a 3-pointer with 6.6 seconds left to give the Suns a 104-103 win.
Aaron Brooks it his first two 3-pointers for the Suns and contributed a total of eight points.
Vince Carter and the rest of the Suns seemed delighted to have an early game (10am Arizona time) in Indiana against the Pacers.
Grant Hill certainly had no problem with the early start time scoring 14 first quarter points to help the Suns to a 33-29 lead after one period.
Hill continued his assault against the Pacers in the second quarter with six more points to give him his first 20-point half in almost six years (since March 21, 2005).
Marcin Gortat almost recorded a double-double in the first half with nine points and eight rebounds. The Suns led 60-51 at the break.
Robin Lopez scored the first six points for the Suns in the third period and Phoenix extended it's lead to 10.
When Carter scored with 6:05 remaining in the third period, the Suns had a 14 point advantage.
With 3:10 left in the period, Steve Nash scored to give the Suns their biggest lead at 82-67.
Despite Hill recording his season high with 34 points, the Suns fourth quarter bug-a-boo struck again. A Hill 3-pointer saved the Suns from a defeat and sent the game to overtime.
Hill assisted on a Channing Frye goal and then Nash hit a jumper to give the Suns a four point lead early in overtime.
A Frye 3-pointer gave the Suns a seven point advantage in overtime but Indiana again came back to tie. Frye then hit this jumper at the buzzer and the Suns had the win. Pacers GM Larry Bird (blue shirt in background) was a witness.
Nash gives Channing a bear hug after the winning goal.
Aaron Brooks made his first appearance for the Suns and scored his first field goal on this layin in the second period.
Gortat finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds off the bench.
Jared Dudley came off the bench to score 15 points and combine with Gortat to score within one point of the entire Indiana bench.
The Suns began a six-game road trip with a 110-92 win in Toronto. Grant Hill led the defense, Chaning Frye scored 16 points, and Steve Nash handed out 11 assists.
Vince Carter got things off and running by scoring 11 first quarter points while the Suns took a 35-14 lead.
Marcin Gortat helped the Suns bench grab half the rebounds (21 of 42) and score nearly half the points (54 of 110). Gortat had 17 points and 11 rebounds by himself.
The Suns lead remained in double digits the entire game. The Suns are 2-0 since the All-Star break.
Steve Nash led the Sus into the second half of the season following the All-Star break (despite having only 28 of 82 games remaining) when they hosted the Atlanta Hawks on February 23.
Grant Hill had five quick points as the Suns went back and forth with the Hawks in the first period.
Robon Lopez added six early points for the Suns.
Channing Frye provided the majority of the scoring with 11 points as the Suns took a 33-31 lead after one quarter.
Marcin Gortat came off the bench to score nine points and grab 10 rebounds in the first half.
Hakim Warrick scored 10 second quarter points for the Suns.
Nash had an unusual statistic in the first half with just one shot attempted but helped his teammates with nine assists as the Suns took a 61-47 halftime lead.
The Hawks chipped away at the Suns lead in the second half and pulled even with five minutes to play. Vince Carter scored six points in the game.
Frye scored four of the next eight points for the Suns and they had a 100-92 lead with 2:23 left. Frye finished with 20 points.
Nash scored 13 second half points and the Suns held off the Hawks for a 105-97 victory.
Pietrus (11 points) and Jared Dudley (17) led the Suns bench to a 51-30 scoring advantage over the Hawks bench.
Goren Dragic had four assists in brief playing time.
Hill had seven points and six assists for the game.
Warrick scored 10 points as one of four players off the bench to score in double digits.
Gortat was the fourth bench player in double digits with 13 points and added 12 rebounds.
Channing Frye picked up where left off Tuesday when the Suns met the Mavericks on February 17. Frye scored 14 first half points and 24 in the game to lead the Suns.
Robin Lopez had eight points and seven rebounds in the half as the Suns stayed close after Dallas took an early lead. Lopez would finish the game with 13 points and 13 rebounds.
Grant Hill got loose for an early dunk.
Mickael Pietrus hits a three and the Suns were within two points.
Steve Nash had six points and seven assists in the first half and the Suns trailed by three 54-51.
Nash congratulates the Suns for making a comeback from a ten point deficit.
Marcin Gortat's jumper with 2:47 left in the third period gave the Suns a three point lead.
Gortat defended well but when he scored again with 10:10 remaining in the game, Dallas still had a five point lead after an 11-0 run.
Nash scored with 5:38 to play and the Suns were back within two at 94-92.
A 9-2 run by the Mavericks kept the Suns from being over .500 at the All-Star break as Dallas won 112-106. The Suns are 27-27 at the break.
Nash finished the game with 15 points, 14 assists, and five rebounds.
Channing Frye came out on fire when the Suns entertained the Utah Jazz on February 15. Frye made his first eight shots including five 3-pointers and finished the half with 21 points.
Steve Nash scored seven points and passed for five assists in the first half but the Suns trailed 53-50.
Frye started the second half the way he ended the first and helped the Suns take a 70-63 with a jumper with 5:33 left in the period. Frye finished the game with a career high 31 points.
Jared Dudley congratulates the players coming off the floor for a timeout.
Mickael Pietrus hit three 3-pointers in the second half as part of his 11 points. Two of the shots were virtually identical. (See next image)
Although this image looks the same as the previous picture, he indeed made two very similar three-pointers.
Nash hit a three pointer, another jumper, and two free throws in the last 2:28 of the game to give the Suns a 102-101 victory over the Jazz. Nash finished with 20 points and 14 assists.
Marciin Gortat had 11 points and seven rebounds off the bench.
Goren Dragic returned to the Suns lineup after a toe injury to score two points.
Al McCoy was being inducted into the Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame at the Orpheum Theatre but was at US Airways Center broadcasting the Suns game against the Sacramento Kings on February 13.
The television annoucing team had a different issue with the characters from Star Wars: The Clone Wars as the Suns tried to stay over .500.
The dark side of the force put the Kings into a quick 10 point lead but when Jared Dudley hit a 3-pointer with 1:21 left in the opening period, the Suns had a nine point lead 32-23.
Steve Nash had seven points and eight assists in the first half and the Suns led 57-50 at the break.
Marcin Gortat scored six points in the third period and the Suns took a three point lead to the fourth quarter.
Gortat's fans appreciated his effort (we think).
Despite Nash scoring 22 points and recording 18 assists, the Suns could not hold off the Kings and fell 113-108.
Gortat also had a big game with 22 points and 12 rebounds.
Grant Hill scored 13 points to go with three rebounds and three assists.
Dudley finished with 13 points and a Valentines Day wish from some fans.
Suns Coach Alvin Gentry welcomes former Suns favorite Ty Corbin to the head coaching ranks after Corbin replaced Jerry Sloan in Utah. Sloan coached the Jazz for 23 years before resigning February 10.
The Jazz came out energized and ready to prove themselves after the coaching change. When Vince Carter dunked with five minutes to go in the first period, the Suns were already down by 10 points.
Robin Lopez completed a three point play with 7:43 left in the third period to tie the game at 58 and complete a 14-2 Suns run. Lopez became the first Suns player in double figures for the game.
Lopez scored 11 points in the third period and helped the Suns to a 71-69 lead entering the final quarter. Lopez finished with 14 points and six rebounds.
Hakim Warrick scored eight points in the fourth quarter and his free throw with 2:11 to go gave the Suns a nine point lead in the midst of a 18-4 run by the Suns.
Marcin Gortat came off the bench to score 12 points, grab 10 rebounds, and block two shots.
Steve Nash had 18 points and 10 assists including a 3-pointer with the shot clock winding down as the Suns were taking control of the game in the fourth period.
The defense stepped up in the second half to hold the Jazz to just 27 points while the Suns were scoring 51 on their way to a 95-83 victory.
The Suns improved their record to 26-25 and are over the .500 mark for the first time since December 6.
Steve Nash scored 18 points and added 11 assists in limited playing time when the Suns evened their record at 25-25 with a 112-88 romp over the Golden State Warriors on February 10.
Channing Frye added 17 points, including 4 of 6 shooting from long range, to go with nine rebounds as the Suns took an early lead and never looked back.
When Zabian Dowdell scored on a layin to end the first half, the Suns had a 55-42 lead. Dowdell scored 10 points and had six assists in the game.
Nash made three free throws to once again pass Warriors assistant coach Mark Price to become the NBA's all-time leading free throw percentage leader.
Hakim Warrick had eight points and six rebounds.
Jared Dudley scored 13 points in the game and helped the Suns outscore the Warriors 26-8 in the first half.
Grant Hill again provided outstanding defense that helped the Suns hold the Warriors to 40% shooting from the field.
The Phoenix Suns form up their pre-game circle at Golden State on February 7.
Grant Hill got things going with a reverse move to score two.
Vince Carter helped with six first quarter points as the Suns raced to a quick 14 point lead.
Steve Nash had seven assists in the first quarter as the Suns assisted on all ten field goals in the period and led 33-17.
Mickael Pietrus made three 3-pointers in the second period and a total of 12 points and the Suns extended their lead to 17 points at the half, 62-45.
Hill scored eight third quarter points to help the Suns take a 14 point lead into the final 12 minutes.
The lead dwindled to seven points but three pointers by Channing Frye and Nash as well as two Nash layins preserved 104-92 Suns win. Nash finished with 14 points and 15 assists.
Vince Carter scored 15 first quarter points to lift the Suns to an early 11 point lead over the Oklahoma City Thunder on February 4 at US Airways Center.
Robin Lopez added seven points in the quarter but the Thunder scored nine straight points late in the period to close to within two points of the lead.
Channing Frye helped the cause with nine points in the period including a late three pointer to give the Suns a 31-25 lead at the end of one period.
Mickael Pietrus tried to extend the lead as the quarter ended by just beating the clock but the mid-court shot missed.
Carter continued his scoring assault in the second period to finish with 19 in the half but the Thunder shot themselves into the lead 63-60.
Fans showed their spirit and managed to attract a furry creature to their seats.
Halftime did not cool off Carter as he hit for three 3-pointers in the third period to give the Suns an 87-80 lead heading into the fourth period. His 30 points after three quarters was already a personal high with the Suns with one period left to play.
Grant Hill stayed with Kevin Durant throughout the game and kept Durant under his season average and well under his two 40+ performances of the last week. Durant finished with 24 points.
After sitting out the first part of the fourth period, Carter fnially lost his "hot" label and the Suns surrendered the lead and lost 111-107. Carter finished the game with 33 points.
Marcin Gortat just missed another double-double with 10 points and eight rebounds.
Steve Nash scored 12 poiints and handed out eight assists.
Frye scored 13 points and pulled down nine rebounds but was just one for six from long range.
When not all over Durant, Hill found time to score 12 points and hand out four assists.
Marcin Gortat picked up where he left off Sunday by scoring 12 points in the first half as the Suns had their way with the Milwaukee Bucks on February 2 and led 52-31 at the break.
Jared Dudley also scored in double figures with 11 points at the half. The Suns bench outscored the Bucks bench 29-9 in the first half.
Steve Nash was also in double figures in the first half but his catagory was assists with 10.
Robin Lopez scored a quick five points at the start of the game but then found himself in foul trouble.
Channing Frye scored six points in the third period as the Suns held off a couple runs by the Bucks but still took a 71-53 lead into the final period. Frye finished with 14 points and 13 rebounds.
Coach Alvin Gentry may have wondered what was happening as he watched the Suns lead evalorate to nine points in the fourth period.
Grant Hill had 16 points for the game and helped the Suns win their third in a row with a 92-77victory.
Gortat recorded his fifth double-double in the last seven games with 19 points and 11 boards.
The Suns Dancers entertained during timeouts.
Nash came within one point of his own double-double with nine points and 13 assists.