2011 Suns March Gallery
January 1, 2011
Steve Nash gets some fist pumps from the scorers table prior to the start of the Suns game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on March 30.
Marcin Gortat decided not to wear his nose protection for the first time since it was broken last week.
Channing Frye scored six quick points but then found himself in foul trouble in the first quarter.
Jared Dudley also scored six points in the opening period.
Grant Hill had three first quarter points but the Suns trailed 33-28 after one period.
Vince Carter entered the game late in the first period and ignited the offense with 16 points by halftime. The Suns took a brief lead but Oklahoma City led at the half 55-51.
Carter was again the offense for the Suns in the third period with eight more points but the Thunder maintained their lead at 79-73 through three.
Despite Gortat's intensity, the Suns found themselves watching Oklahoma City rain down three-pointers in the fourth quarter and dropped a 116-98 decision.
Gortat just missed another double-double with nine points and ten rebounds.
Dudley was the only other Suns player in double figures with 14 points.
Nash passed for nine more assists to go with eight points.
Carter led the Suns with 26 points.
Steve Nash and the Phoenix Suns headed to Sacramento on a quick one game road trip in what might be their last visit to the city. The Kings may be moving to Anaheim for next season.
Jared Dudley led the Suns with 21 points and added five steals but Phoenix came up short, losing 116-113 to the Kings.
Channing Frye also scored 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds.
Josh Childress came off the bench to score 10 points.
Grant Hill contibuted 15 points as all Suns starters were in double figures.
Aaron Brooks scored five of the 26 bench points for the Suns.
Marcin Gortat recorded another double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds.
Nash also finished with a double-double with 13 points and 14 assists.
Suns coach Alvin Gentry made a couple lineup changes before the Suns game against Dallas on March 27.
Marcin Gortat was inserted into the starting lineup despite having broken his nose in the previous game against New Orleans. Gortat responded with 12 first quarter points.
Jared Dudley was also awarded a starting role and had four points and three steals in the first period as the Suns led 26-17.
Josh Childress came off the bench to score 10 points and block two shots as the Suns led at the half 49-44.
Channing Frye found himself in early foul trouble and had not scored through three quarters but still managed to pull down nine rebounds and block a shot.
Steve Nash still struggled with his shooting but managed nine assists through three periods and the Suns held on to a 67-65 lead.
Dudley continued to embrace his starting role and finished with 20 points, five assists, and three steals but the Mavericks came from behind to win 91-83.
Gortat was also impressive in his starting role with 20 points and 15 rebounds.
Nash finished with just six points but 10 assists.
Grant Hill scored eight points and held Dirk Nowitski to six of 19 shooting.
The Suns welcomed fans to Fiesta Night at US Airways Center when they met the New Orleans Hornets on March 25.
Grant Hill came back from missing most of the previous game with flu-like symptoms to defend against Chris Paul and score 15 first half points to give the Suns a 56-50 lead at the break.
Channing Frye again played the most minutes of any Suns player and responded with 14 points, six rebounds, and five assists.
Marcin Gortat led a bench assault with 18 points and ten rebounds. The Suns bench outscored the starters 65-35.
But the Suns suffered a big blow when trainer Aaron Nelson helped Gortat off the floor with a broken none with four minutes left in the third period and the Suns leading 73-71.
Aaron Brooks picked up the scoring load with 17 points.
Jared Dudley (3) also scored 17 points and joined Gortat, Brooks, and Hakim Warrick (13 points) as players off the bench in double figures.
The Suns couldn't hold off the Hornets and fell 106-100. Nash contributed eight assists but could score only three points on one of nine shooting.
Hill finished with 18 points for the Suns.
After a three overtime game the previous night, Steve Nash was limited (variety of ailments) and Grant Hill played only six minutes (flu-like symptoms) when the Suns met Toronto on March 23.
Robin Lopez provided a bit of a spark with eight points and six rebounds.
Vince Carter helped the cause with three 3-pointers for a total of 13 points.
Younger legs took over the playing time and the Suns found themselves tied after three quarters when Aaron Brooks scored as the buzzer sounded.
Jared Dudley hit a 3-pointer with 1:38 left in the game and the Suns had a 103-101 lead that they would not surrender and beat the Raptors 114-106.
Brooks buried another three with 55 second left in the game and the Suns had their biggest lead to that point at 110-105. Brooks finished with 25 points and eight assists.
Nash returned to the game late in the fourth period and helped preserve the win. Nash scored 14 points and had eight assists in just 20 minutes of action.
Channning Frye shook off a scoreless first half and responded with 14 second half points.
Marcin Gortat had yet another solid effort off the bench with 15 points and eight rebounds.
Dudley finished with 13 points and six rebounds.
On March 22 the Suns took the floor in Los Angeles for the second time in three nights--this time against the Lakers--hoping to duplicate their win over the Clippers on Sunday.
MR. ORNG made the trip to Los Angeles to cheer for his Suns as they make a push for a playoff spot in the West.
The Suns starters did their job early to take a 31-27 lead at the quarter. Vince Carter and Channing Frye each scored ten point in the period.
The Suns couldn't hold off the Lakers in the second period and surrendered the lead, 66-60, at the half despite 10 assists from Steve Nash.
The Suns found themselves trailing by 21 points in the third period and had hit only six of 22 three-point attempts. Nash hit three in a row and Frye ended the quarter with a three and the Suns were back within nine.
Aaron Brooks capped a 10-0 run with a three pointer early in the fourth quarter and the Suns were within one.
Mickael Pietrus was fouled on a three point attempt and made all three free throws to bring the Suns back to even with 6:53 remaining in the game at 101-101.
The Lakers then scored nine straight points before Marcin Gortat scored but the Suns trailed by seven.
With the Suns trailing by six, Grant Hill and Frye made three pointers and the Suns tied the game with 31.8 second left. Carter missed a long three at the buzzer and the game went to overtime.
Down by three again in the overtime, the Suns went to Frye for a three but instead he was fouled and made all three free throws to send the game to a second overtime.
Gortat hit Frye with a perfect pass for a 3-pointer to give the Suns the lead but this time the Lakers made two late free throws and the game went to a third overtime.
The Suns had no answer in the third overtime and dropped a 139-137 decision. Nash had 19 points and 18 assists, Gortat 24 pts and 16 rebounds, and Frye a career-high 32 points.
The Suns enjoy the moment prior to the first of two games in Los Angels, this one against the Clippers on March 20.
Steve Nash continues to make progress after returning from pelvic instability. Steve scored 23 points, passed for 13 assists, and grabbed seven rebounds in the Suns 108-99 victory.
Marcin Gortat helped keep Blake Griffin in check (he shot 6-18 fromt he field) and had a double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds.
Hakim Warrick came off the bench to help the reserves outscore the Clipeprs reserves 51-30 by scoring 12 points.
After mising his first five shots of the game and not scoring in the first half, Channing Frye scored 19 seocnd-half points to help the Suns pull away.