2010-11 Suns January Gallery
January 1, 2011
Robin Lopez dunked on the Suns first possession when they met the New Oleans Hornets on January 30.
Grant Hill scored four quick points to help the Suns take an early nine point lead, 19-10.
Steve Nash assisted on the last three Suns scores of the first half to give the Suns the lead during a 13 point run that negated a 12 point Hornets run. The game was tied at the half, 53-53.
Hill scored seven points early in the third period but the game remained tied with five minutes to go in the quarter.
Marcin Gortat scored 11 points in the last five minutes of the period and the Suns took an 88-80 lead into the final 12 minutes.
Fans encouraged their hero when Jared Dudley was fouled on a three point attempt and made all three free throws.
Dudley then scored four straight points to give the Suns a 10 point lead with just under seven minutes left in the game.
But Gortat again went to work with six points and four rebounds down the stretch and the Suns held off the Hornets 104-102 by surviving a late scare.
Gortat ended the night with a career high 25 points and also pulled down 11 rebounds. Including the end of the Boston game, Gortat also made 11 consecutive field goals.
Channing Frye had 11 points and eight rebounds for the Suns including 3 of 7 from long range.
Vince Carter scored 12 on the night.
Nash managed to fight his way through traffic for 10 points and 15 assists.
Robon Lopez set the tone in the first period for the Suns when they entertained the Boston Celtics on January 28. Lopez scored seven points in the period.
Marcin Gortat took over for Lopez and continued the inside game with 11 points of his own in the quarter.
Gortat closed out the period for the Suns by hitting the second 3-pointer of his career to beat the buzzer.
Marcin's shot gave the Suns a 30-16 lead at the end of one period.
Steve Nash scored nine points and passed out five assists and the Suns extended the lead to 17 points in the second period.
MR. ORNG led the fans with Nash likenesses as the Suns looked to hold the lead against the Celtics in the second half.
Vince Carter scored 12 points in the third period and the Suns were able to extend the lead to 17 points, 75-58.
Mickael Pietrus scored seven straight points for the Suns the end to third period and start the fourth to help the Suns to their biggest lead at 78-60 with just under eight minutes remaining. Pietrus finished with 11 points off the bench.
Gortat continued to produce in the fourth period and the Suns closed out the Celtics 88-71. Gortat finished with 19 points and 17 rebounds.
Jared Dudley scored four points, had four rebounds, and adsded five assists off the bench for the Suns.
Grant Hill played with a bruised knee and added a cut under his left eye during the game thanks to Paul Pierce.
Channing Frye scored five points, grabbed five rebounds, and was involved with a play that resulted in the ejection of Celtics center Kevin Garnett.
Nash finished the game with 13 points and ten assists.
Marcin helped the Phoenix bench outscore the Boston bench 40-19 and outrebound them 31-19.
Robin Lopez scored four quick points against the Charlotte Hornets to open a five game home stand on January 26.
The Suns felll behind but kept coming back despite poor shooting. Vince Carter made just one of his first six shots.
Marcin Gortat entered the game and made an immediate impact with his defense. . .
. . . his offense . . .
. . . and even did a little role reversal with Steve Nash on his way to a career high 16 points in the first half.
Carter found the range in the second period with three three pointers to pass Tom Chambers for 36th place on the all-time NBA scoring list.
Jared Dudley hit for nine first half points but the Suns trailed at the break 59-57.
Nash did all he could with 18 points and 6 assists in the second half but the Suns came up short 114-107. Nash scored a season high 27 points.
Grant hill scored eight points and grabbed four rebounds.
Nash also recorded 15 assists on the evening.
The Suns were reaching for that elusive fourth win on the five game eastern road trip when they met the Philadelphia 76ers on January 24.
Grant Hill scored 13 points and added five assits but the Suns fell 105-95 to finish the trip 3-2.
Goren Dragic scored 12 points off the bench and had three assists. The Suns bench scored 47 points but were outscored by the Philadelphia bench 54-47.
Jared Dudley led the Suns in scoring with 23 points and also pulled down seven rebounds.
Steve Nash scored 17 points for the Suns and passed for nine assists.
Channing Frye scored 10 points and added five rebounds.
Detroit snapped the Suns five game winning streak by overcoming a 15 point fourth quarter deficit to beat Phoenix 75-74. Robin Lopez scored four points as the starters totaled only 43 points for the game.
Steve Nash was the only Suns starter in double figures with 14 points to go with eight assists.
Channing Frye scored eight points including a three pointer at the buzzer to get the Suns within one point but was only two of 12 for the game from long range.
Jared Dudley and Marcin Gortat helped off the bench with 13 and 11 points respectively. Gortat added 13 rebounds.
Vince Carter scored nine points and pulled down seven rebounds as the Suns failed to reach .500 on the season. Their record now stands at 20-22.
Grant Hill scored eight for the Suns.
Steve Nash had 17 points and 14 assists as the Suns beat Washington 109-91 on January 21 for their fifth straight win and third in a row on the eastern road trip.
Channing Frye led the Suns in scoring with 25 points including seven three pointers.
Robin Lopez avoided the block and dunked for two of his 8 points.
Vince Carter drove by two opponents on this play that ended with a dunk for two of his 12 points to go with 10 rebounds.
Marcin Gortat led the bench with 13 points and 14 rebounds. The Suns bench outscored the Wizards bench 35-21.
Goren Dragic scored 11 points and added five assists. The Suns overcame an 11 point deficit in the first half to take the lead with a 31-18 advantage in the third period.
Grant hill scored 27 points, added 12 rebounds, and the Phoenix Suns won their fourth game in a row with a 106-98 win over the Cavaliers in Cleveland on January 19.
Steve Nash and Marcin Gortat made major contributions with Nash scoring 15 points and handing out 15 assists and Gortat scoring 16 with 12 rebounds.
Coach Alvin Gentry saw a 17 point lead dwindle to five before Nash fed Vince Carter for a three pointer, his only points, and then hit a jumper and four free throws to preserve the win.
Goren Dragic provided nine points and two assists off the bench.
Nash saved this ball and had a couple willing spectators ready to save him. Two out of three isn't bad.
Jared Dudley provided endless energy and five points for the Suns.
Vince Carter celebrated Martin Luther King Day in New York by scoring the 20,000th point of his NBA career. Carter scored eight points in the first quarter to help the Suns to a 39-30 lead at the end of the period.
Channing Frye contributed 11 first half points but the Knicks had the lead at the break 64-61.
With New York leading 68-65, Steve Nash hit Robin Lopez with a pass that led to a dunk to start a string of seven assists and a three-pointer for Nash to give Phoenix an 84-77 lead.
The dunk by Lopez provided two of his 12 points for the game.
Goren Dragic scored seven points for the Suns including two that gave Phoenix a 100-96 lead with just under 10 minutes left in the game.
After another Nash three pointer broke a tie, Carter scored on a drive and three pointer of his own and the Suns had a 114-108 lead with 3:41 remaining. Carter finished with 29 points and 12 rebounds.
Grant Hill hit two free throws with 3:20 left in the game and the Suns had a 116-108 lead.
Nash was perfect from the foul line down the stretch with four straight (7-7 for the game). Nash scored 15 points and had 11 assists.
Hill also hit four free throws down the stretch and the Suns beat the Knicks 129-121. Hill scored 25 points and was 11 for 12 from the free throw line.
Senator John McCain and wife Cindy enjoyed the action when the Suns entertained Portland on January 14.
A game after Steve Nash became the NBA's al-time leading free throw shooter, he missed his first free throw in 49 attempts, but managed eight points and eight assists is the first half.
Vince Carter hit the three pointer that brought the Suns within three at the half after trailing by as many as 12.
Robin Lopez found himself in early foul trouble and managed only three points in the first half. Lopez then opened the second half with four quick points.
Grant Hill was back in the starting lineup after missing two games with a knee strain. Hill scored 13 points in the third period that gave the Suns a one point lead with 3:06 left in the period.
It's all about creativity when it comes to signs.
In the end, the captains came through for the Suns. Hill finished with 21 points and seven rebounds.
And Steve Nash with 23 points, 13 assists, and siz rebounds as the Suns beat the Blazers 115-111.
A day after giving up a 14 point lead in Denver, Steve Nash scored 16 points in the fourth period and overtime to come back from a 15 point deficit and beat New Jersey 118-109 on January 12.
Nash had 23 points and 16 assists for the game including 11 straight free throws. His ninth free throw made Steve the most accurate all-time free throw shooter in NBA history.
Jared Dudley scored seven points in the fourth period including two free throws to give the Suns their first lead since the first half.
After New Jersey retook the lead, Channing Frye tied the game and then gave the Suns a lead late in the fourth quarter. Frye finished with 21 points and seven rebounds.
Vince Carter scored on a critical put back to beat the shot clock and give the Suns a five point lead in overtime.
Marcin Gortat provided eight points and six rebounds off the bench.
Dudley finished with 15 points and six rebounds for the Suns.
Carter scored 23 points and recorded five rebounds for the game.
Nash is now shooting free throws at a 90.40% rate for his career (2713-3001). Mark Price was the previous leader at 90.39% (2135-2362).
The Suns traveled to Denver amid rumors of several players being traded by the Nuggets. Steve Nash led the Suns with 15 points and seven assists but Denver rolled 132-98.
The Phoenix Suns sported different warmups for NBA FIT Week when they entertained the Cleveland Cavaliers on January 9.
Robin Lopez was back in the starting lineup and Coach Alvin Gentry will use the same staters for the next ten games.
Grant Hill slipped on this drive to the basket and slipped again a few minutes later.
But it was this play when his toe was stepped on while trying to jump that caused a mild knee sprain and kept Hill out the rest of the game.
Jared Dudley warms up to replace Hill. Dudley missed the morning shoot around when he didn't feel well.
Goren Dragic also left the game in the first half with a knee injury but was able to return in the second half.
Lopez scored 12 points in the first half for the Suns and added four rebounds.
Channing Frye recorded a double-double in the first half with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Vince Carter added eight first half points but the Suns found themselves trailing by one at 52-51.
The Gorilla welcomed other sports mascots for his birthday party. No one knows how old he is either in human years or gorilla years.
Steve Nash led a Suns comeback in the second half for a 108-100 victory. Nash scored 20 points to go with 17 assists and seven rebounds.
Carter finihsed with 19 points and seven rebounds.
Lopez scored 15 points and pulled down six rebounds for the game.
Dudley led the Suns with 21 points including five of the team total of 13 three pointers.
The Suns Dancers unveiled their 2011 Calender prior to the Phoenix-New York game on January 7.
The game marked the return to Phoenix of Amar'e Stoudemire after playing eight years for the Suns prior to signing with the Knicks as a free agent.
The game also gave Suns coach Alvin Gentry and Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni the opportunity to renew acquaintance. They coached together in Phoenix for four years.
Steve Nash took this charge from Stoudemire but the Knicks did everything else right and defeated the Suns 121-96.
While the Suns were hitting only six three pointers, one by Jared Dudley, the Knicks were making 17.
Steve Nash recorded 14 points and nine assists in the loss.
Goran Dragic sported a new haircut and provided nine points off the banch.
The Suns welcomed the Oregon Duck and the rest of the football team in Phoenix for the BCS Championship game next Monday.
Grant Hill scored ten points for the Suns.
Robin Lopez started along side Marcin Gortat for the first time when the Suns entertained the Lakers on January 5
Jared DUdley gave the Suns a boost off the bench with 19 points in the first half to help Phoenix to a 50-49 lead at halftime.
Despite falliing behind by six and eight points in the second half, when Vince Carter hit a three pointer fromt he corner with 2:24 remaining in the game, the Suns were within one at 92-91.
The Suns couldn't get the bucket needed to take the lead and dropped a 99-95 decision tot he Lakers. Steve Nash finished with 11 points and 10 assists.
Dudley finished with 21 points and six rebounds including three of four three-pointers.
Marcin Gortat battled with the Lakers big men and finished the game with 12 points and nine rebounds.
Grant Hill scored 10 points.
Mickael Pietrus came off the bench to score eight points.
Phoenix continued their defensive intensity when they traveled to Sacramento for a game on January 2 against Suns Ring of Honor member Paul Westphal. The Suns allowed the Kings only 39 points in the first half.
Marcin Gortat led the scoring in the first half with just 11 points but the Suns had a 48-39 lead.
Steve Nash didn't miss a shot in the first half and the Suns led by nine at the break.
Vince Carter imitated Nash in the second half by hitting his first three shots. Carter finished with 17 points.
When Grant Hill scored with 5:51 remaining, the Suns had a 12 point lead at 87-75.
Steve Nash was perfect (8-8 FG, 2-2 3pt, 2-2 FT) on the night finishing with 20 points and 12 assists.
Carter's smiles turned to frowns as Sacramento outscored the Suns 19-2 down the stretch to steal a win 94-89.