2009 Janaury Photo Gallery
January 1, 2009
Shaquille O'Neal and the Suns welcomed Muhammad Ali to the game against the Chicago Bulls on January 31.
The Suns fell behind early and kept making runs at the Bulls all game. Amar'e Stoudemire contributed 12 points and six rebounds for the game.
Shaq scored 18 points and pulled down 8 rebounds before fouling out.
Steve Nash scored six quick points to end the first half and get the Suns within three at the break.
Grant Hill scored 19 points as the Suns made another run in the second half.
Leandro Barbosa was in the middle of the Suns comeback attempts by scoring a season high 32 points but the Suns could never get even and dropped a 122-111 decision to the Bulls.
Amar'e Stoudemire started strong with 12 first quarter points when the Suns met the Spurs on January 29. Amar'e finished with 28 points and 10 rebounds.
Steve Nash is congratulated by Amar'e after hitting a three-pointer to tie the game at the half 57-57.
Shaquille O'Neal supplied 13 points and six rebounds in limited time due to foul trouble.
Nash had his drive-and-dish game in full force passing for 18 assists for the game. But the Spurs prevailed in the end 114-104.
With the Suns playing their last game of a six-games-in-nine-days Eastern swing on January 26, Jason Richardson started looking like Steve Nash. J Rich scored nine and had five rebounds and the Suns were tied at the half.
Shaquille O'Neal scored 29 points and grabbed eight rebounds playing in the second of back-to-back games.
Leandro Barbosa again came to the rescue off the bench with 23 points. The Suns entered the final quarter ahead by just two points.
Amar'e Stoudemire came up big with 15 rebounds to go along with 22 points as the Suns pulled away for a 103-87 victory.
Looking back onthe road trip, the Suns split the six games with wins in Toronto, Atlanta, and Washington on the longest trip of the season..
The Suns found themselves in Atlanta for the fifth game of a six-game road trip. Shaquille O'Neal helped give the Suns an early 13 point lead but the game would be back-and-forth all the way.
Steve Nash takes a charge from Josh Smith as the Suns took a three point lead going to the fourth quarter as the game approached 30 lead changes.
Jason Richardson scored 15 points including the two free throws that resulted from this foul on an attempted dunk.
Leandro Barbosa retuned to his scoring form by contributing 20 points off the bench.
Amare Stoudemire scored off a Nash pass with 26 second to go to give the Suns a five pont lead. Amare finished with 23 points.
Nash handed out his 13th assist to Amare with 26 seconds remaining then buried two free throws with 6.9 seconds left as the Suns prevailed 104-99.
Steve Nash and former Suns coach Mike D'Antoni embrace before the Suns played the Knicks on January 21. Nash recorded a season high 19 assists in the game.
Amare Stoudemire scored here to give the Suns an early nine point lead.
Shaquille O'Neal contributed 21 points and 12 rebounds but the Suns lost to the Knicks 114-109.
Shaquille O'Neal played back-to-back games for the first time in two weeks when the Suns visited Boston on January 19 and responded with 16 points and 11 rebounds in 30 minutes.
Steve Nash continued to hand out assists with eight more in 32 minutes of action.
Shaq looked the way most Suns felt as the Celtics led from the start, led by as many as 35 points, and beat the Suns 104-87.
Grant Hill and the Suns traveled north of the border to begin their season-longest six-game road trip against the Raptors in Toronto on Sunday morning.
Shaquille O'Neal prepares to make a move on former top draft pick Andrea Bargnani.
Leandro Barbosa chipped in 14 points off the bench.
Shaq dropped in 16 points before fouling out late in the fourth quarter.
After Toronto tied the game with 7 minutes left, Canadian Steve Nash contributed to 11 of the Suns remaining 15 points with 2 assists (of 18 total), five straight free throws, and a field goal.
Amar'e Stoudemire led the way with 31 points as the Suns came away with a 117-113 win over the Raptors.
Shaquille O'Neal returned to the lineup when the Suns met the Minnesota Timberwolves on January 16. Shaq scored 22 points, pulled down 11 rebounds, handed out 4 assists and made two free throws to give the Suns their last lead with 2:22 remaining.
Amar'e Stoudemire scored 19 points as the Suns took an six point lead into the final quarter.
Leandro Barbosa scored 22 points off the bench but the Suns could only score two free throws in the last two minutes and lost 105-103.
Shaquille O'Neal sat out the first of back-to-back games when Phoenix visited the Denver Nuggets on January 15. Grant Hill (25 pts) and Steve Nash (20 pts, 14 ast) tried to pick up the slack but the Suns lost in overtime 119-113.
With Shaq in street clothes, Amar'e Stoudemire came out strong, scoring 12 points in the first 13 minutes and helped the Suns build a 14 poiint lead in the first half before foul trouble sent him to the bench.
Jason Richardson contributed 16 points and grabbed 6 rebounds.
Matt Barnes provided 13 points and six rebounds off the bench but fouled out in the fourth quarter.
Shaquille O'Neal set the tone early when the Suns met the Atlanta Hawks on January 13. Shaq helped the Suns build a 19 point lead during the first period.
Amar'e Stoudemire also started strong and finished the game with 17 points but the Hawks fought back to make it a four point game, 50-46, at the half.
Shaq was sent to the foul line 11 times on the second half and responded with six makes as the Suns maintained a slim second half margin. Shaq scored 26 points and grabbed 10 rebouds on the night.
Matt Barnes provided rebounding with 10 rebounds to go with six points.
Leandro Barbosa again provided spark off the bench with 22 points.
Steve Nash is congratulated after giving the Suns a three point lead with 1:13 remaining. Nash scored 23 points and handed out 6 assists.
Amar'e jumper with 29 seconds left gave the Suns a five point lead and made it a two possession game.
Grant Hill preserved the victory with four straight free throws to keep the margin at five and give the Suns a 107-102 win.
Nash and Stoudemire greet former Suns teammate Joe Johnson after the game.
Amar'e Stoudemire led a balanced Suns attack when they visited the Los Angeles Clippers on January 11.
Amar'e led all scorers with 26 points and grabbed seven rebounds.
Grant Hill scored 21 points and handed out five assists.
Jason Richardson also scored 21 points along with 5 rebounds and three assists.
Steve Nash again hit double digits with 12 assists to go with 14 points.
Shaquille O'Neal kept his consecutive free throw streak alive with a perfect 5 for 5 night to make it 12 in a row. Shaq scored 15 points and pilled down 10 rebounds as the Suns held on to beat the Clippers 109-103.
Good friends Steve Nash and Dirk Nowitzki exchanged greetings before the Suns entertained the Dallas Mavericks on January 9.
After sitting out the Indiana game on January 7 with back spasms, Shaquille O'Neal kept the Suns in the lead during the first half with 19 points and eight rebounds.
Leandro Barbosa provided additional spark off the bench with 14 first half points and finished with 20 on the night.
Steve Nash led a run and gun third quarter as the Suns put the Mavericks away with a season high 40 points duriing the period. Nash finished with 12 assists for the game.
Grant Hill contributed 10 points and three assists on the offensive end.
And took a charge on the defensive end.
Amar'e Stoudemire picked up two quick fouls but was right in the middle of the third quarter splurge with monster dunks to finish the game with 16 points and three steals.
Robin Lopez contributed four points and four rebounds in 13 minutes of action.
Shaq finished what he started with 25 points, 10 rebounds and two blocked shots as the Suns beat the Mavericks 128-100.
The Suns showed the rust of playing only 4 games in 18 days when they met the Indiana Pacers on January 7. The Suns fell behind by 18 points but the inspired play if Louis Amundson (9 pts and 11 rebs in the first half) kept the Suns within four.
Jason Richardson provided some help inside with Shaquille O'Neal out with back spasms. Richardson scored 16 points and also pulled down 10 rebounds.