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.
Zabian Dowdell took over the backup role while Aaron Brooks served a one game league suspension. Dowdell scored eight poits and had two assists.
Prior to the game on March 18, Marcin Gortat, a native of Lodz, Poland, was recognized for contributions on and off the court in representing Poland, specifically for his work in the sport of basketball among youth.
Robin Lopez started at center and scored a quick six points and grabbed four rebounds as the Suns took a 19-9 lead.
With 300 Polish-American fans in attendance, Gortat made a steal at the opposite foul line and drove the length of the court for this dunk.
Channing Frye was happy to return to the lineup ahead of schedule after a right shoulder separation. The bracing cover protected him and Frye hit two three pointers in the first half to help the Suns take a 50-38 lead at the break.
Vince Carter missed all nine shots in the first half but scored eight third quarter points to help the Suns to a 20 point advantage.
Gortat and Steve Nash had the pick and roll working to perfection. Gortat scored 18 points.
Three players scored 17 for the Suns: Grant Hill, Nash, and Frye. The Warriors closed to within eight in the closing minutes but the Suns prevailed 108-97.
Nash had ten assists to go with his 17 points in his second game back from injury.
In addition to his 17 points, Hill defended high-scoring Monta Ellis and held him to eight points on three of 11 shooting.
Steve Nash returned to the Suns lineup after missing two games when they visited New Orleans for a game against the Hornets on March 16.
Grant Hill scored the first points of the game as the Suns jumped to a 6-0 lead. But the Hornets scored the last seven of the quarter and led 31-29 after one quarter.
Vince Carter led the Suns in scoring for the first half with 11 but the Hornets again scored late--eight straight points to end the half--and the Hornets led 56-46.
The Sun fell behind by 19 points in the third period before Marcin Gortat and the rest of the reserves made a run to get the Suns within five points.
Josh Childress contributed on this dunk for two of his four points to go with three rebounds.
Jared Dudley was the major contributor to the comeback by scoring all nine points during a 9-2 Suns run. Jared finished with 25 points and eight rebounds.
Aaron Brooks hit two three pointers to contribute six points for the Suns.
Hill scored 13 points, grabbed five rebounds, and passed for four assits but the Suns got no closer than four in the final seconds and lost 100-95.
Carter led the Suns with 21 points but the reserves once again scored more than the starters, 50 to 45.
Nash scored eight points and handed out ten points in his return.
Steve Nash arrives at the Toyota Center in Houston on March 14 for the first of two games on a quick road trip. Nash would not play for the second straight game due to pelvic instability.
Robin Lopez pulls down a rebound early but the Suns found themselves down by 15 points in the first quarter.
The Suns fought back to get within eight points at the half with Grant Hill leading the way with nine points.
Zabian Dowdell led a Suns comeback in the fourth quarter and finished with 11 points and five assists for the game.
Vince Carter's 19th point of the second half brought the Suns back to within four with 4:25 remaining in the game.
Josh Childress hit his first 3-pointer in three years and when he dunked on a Carter miss, the Suns were tied with 1:21 to go.
Behind again by three, Marcin Gortat scored on a feed from Carter and it was a one point game at the 15.6 second mark.
A missed free throw by the Rockets gave the Suns the opportunity for the win but a 3-pointer at the buzzer fell off and Houston held on 95-93. Carter led the Suns with 21 points.
Jared Dudley's 14 points helped the reserves outscore the Suns starters 47-46 and outscore the Rockets bench 47-16.
Aaron Brooks moved into the starting lineup when Steve Nash was unable to play against the Orlando Magic on March 13.
Brooks did his best imitation of Nash in the first half with 19 points.
Brooks also added seven assists before halftime but the Suns were down by nine, 61-52.
Marcin Gortat came off the bench for 10 first half points.
Grant Hill scored here but these were two of only six points scored by the inside starters for the Suns at the half. Hill finished with four points for the game.
Jared Dudley scored ten points for the Suns off the bench but the third quarter was decisive as Orlando outscored the Suns 26-13 and went on to a 111-88 victory.
Robin Lopez scored just two points and had four rebounds for the game.
After the outstanding first half, Brooks was held scoreless in the second half but added three assists to finish with 10.
Gortat finished with 12 points and four rebounds.
Zabian Dowdell got some playing time in relief for Brooks and scored six points and added three assists.
Josh Childress also received playing time with Channing Frye still out and scored on this dunk and grabbed three rebounds.
Dudley finished with seven rebounds in addition to his 10 points.
The Gorilla encourages the crowd prior to the late-start game against Denver on March 10.
Steve Nash tried to get past an energenic Denver defense (and tatoos). The Nuggets had not played in five days and it showed as Denver ran to a 116-97 victory.
Marcin Gortat had another double-double in the first half with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Marcin ended the game with 18 rebounds to tie his season high.
Hakim Warrick tried to continue his scoring spree after entering the starting lineup but could manage only 12 points.
Grant Hill also scored 12 points for the Suns.
Vince Carter scored only six points following his 32 point performance against Houston on Tuesday.
Mickael Pietrus scored seven for the Suns.
Nash left the game in the third period with a slight groin strain and did not return to the game.
Hakim Warrick moved into the starting lineup with the injury to Channing Frye when the Suns returned home from a six game road trip to meet the Houston Rockets. Warrick responded with 20 first half points.
Grant Hill added 11 first half points but the Suns trailed 50-48 at the break.
Aaron Brooks played his first game against his former team since the trade for Goren Dragic in February.
Vince Carter took over the scoring load in the second half with 23 points to lead the Suns to a 110-107 win over the Rockets.
Warrick finished the game with 32 points and eight rebounds.
Marcin Gortat grabbed 16 rebounds to go with 13 points for the Suns.
Steve Nash passed for 14 assists and made five free throws down the stretch.
Hill finished with 19 points and four assists.
Carter made 13 of 17 field goals including five of seven from long range for 32 points. Vince also contributed six rebounds and three assists.
The Suns ended their six game road trip with their third overtime. This one in Oklahoma City did not turn out like the other two on this trip and the Suns lost 122-118.
More bad news came in the fourth quarter when Channing Frye was injured and needed to be assisted from the floor with a dislocated right shoulder.
A bit of good news came when Nash moved into sixth place on the all-time assists list with his seventh assist of the game. He finished with 14 assists to go with 11 points.
Vince Carter carried much of the scoring load with 29 points including a 3-pointer with 9.2 seconds left that tied the game at 109 and sent the game to overtime.
Coach Alvin Gentry and Nash try to find a way to win their third overtime game of the trip. Despite the loss, the Suns were 4-2 on the trip.
Carter was fouled with the Suns trailing by two in overtime but could convert only one of three free throws and Oklahoma City made free throws to close out the game.
Mickael Pietrus scored 20 points off the bench for the Suns to give them a 60-45 advantage over the Thunder's reserves.
Marcin Gortat also scored 20 points off the bench and added eight rebounds.
Aaron Brooks scored nine points and handed out three assists.
Channing Frye hit five of eight 3-pointers and the Suns won for the third time on the current road trip 102-88 in Milwaukee.
Mickael Pietrus moved into the starting lineup and contributed 20 points and eight rebounds. Mickael was 3 of 7 in 3-pointers as the Suns made 11 in the game.
Marcin Gortat had 13 points and six rebounds. The Suns scored 19 straight points to erase an eight point deficit and take an 11 point lead.
Grant Hill contributed 14 points, seven rebounds, and three assists.
Aaron Brooks had seven points and three asssits.
Josh Childress scores his two points in limited playing time.
Vince Carter holds the ball away from the Celtics when the Suns visited Boston on March 2. The Suns should have kept it away more often as Boston ran away to a 20 point halftime lead.
Steve Nash passes out of trouble but the Suns got themselves into a deeper hole with 5:12 left in the third period when they trailed 86-57 before starting a comeback.
Robin Lopez had six points and four rebounds but the starters turned the comeback attempt over to the bench.
Marcin Gortat recorded another double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds. Gortat and the rest of the reserves outscored the Celtics bench 63-23 and climbed to within eight poinits with 7:14 remaining in the game.
Aaron Brooks had 17 points and seven assists for the Suns but they could get no closer and fell to the Celtics 115-103.
Grant Hill finished with 11 points, three assists and two steals for the Suns.
Jared Dudley was one of four Suns reserves in double figures with 15 points and added five rebounds.
Vince Carter scored 11 points to co-lead the starters with Hill.
Mickael Pietrus also was in double figures with 11 points off the bench.
Nash finished with eight points and seven assists.