2009 March Photo Gallery
January 1, 2009
Once again the Suns found themselves playing back-to-back games on the road against a rested team when they met the Sacramento Kings on March 29. It was also their fourth game in five days.
Everything the Kings threw up seemed to go in as Sacramento scored 35 points in each of the first three periods. Shaq tried to bring the Suns back with 24 points and nine rebounds on the night.
Despite Steve Nash's 31 points and 14 assists, the Suns playoff hopes were dealt a severe blow when the Kings held on for a 126-118 vuctory.
The Suns scoring woes continued when they scored only 35 points in the first half against the Utah Jazz on March 28 despite 10 points from Grant Hill.
Matt Barnes and a linrup of reserves helped the Suns get back in the game in the second half.
Jared Dudley scored 15 points and pulled down 8 rebounds for the game and the Suns took the lead for the first time with just over five minutes to play.
Shaquille O'Neal scored eight of the next ten points for the Suns to give Phoenix a seven point lead with 2:11 remaining.
The Jazz closed to within two but a Steve Nash jumper gave the Suns a four point advantage with 34 seconds to go. Nash scored 20 for the game.
Deron Williams scored twice for the Jazz, this last one with 13 seconds remaining, to send the game to overtime and, aided by a three-point play and a four-point play, the Jazz beat the Suns 104-99.
Playing a game on Wednesday, taking a bad plane trip that didn't arrive in Portland until 4:00 am, and playing a team that had not played in two days, was not good for the Suns.
On March 26, the Suns ran into fresh legs and were beaten soundly, 129-109, ending their six game winning streak. Fortunatley, no photos were available after the game.
Grant Hill got the Suns going in the right direction with 12 first quarter points when the Suns met the Utah Jazz on March 25.
Jason Richardson made his first six shots for 15 first half points but the Jazz went to the locker room with a six point lead, 58-52. J Rich finished with 21 points.
Matt Barnes hustled his way to eight points in the first four minutes of the third quarter to give the Suns a 67-64 lead.
Louis Amundson led the reserves to a six point lead at the end of three periods with 10 points, four rebounds, and 2 blocks through three periods.
Steve Nash has 12 points and 14 assists as the Suns kept a four point lead with six minutes to go.
Hill scored on a layin and then blocked a shot leading to another Suns basket to give the Suns a seven point lead. Hill scored at least 20 points for the third game in the last four with 26 for the game.
Deron Williams hit consecutive three-pointers to pull the Jazz within one and two free throws by Ronnie Brewer gave the Jazz the lead.
After a Hill field goal, Shaquille O'Neal hit two clutch free throws to put the Suns up by three.
Grant Hill scored with 31 seconds remaining to break a tie and, with two late Barnes free throws, gave the Suns a 118-114 win for their sixth straight victory.
The Northwest Division-leading Denver Nuggets visited Phoenix on March 23. Steve Nash helped the Suns take a three point halftime lead. Nash score 15 points and added nine assists on the night.
Goran Dragic provided eight points and three assists off the bench but the Nuggets took a four point lead into the fourth period.
Jason Richardson continued his prolific scoring in the absence of Leandro Barbosa with 22 points for the game.
Jared Dudley provided defense on Carmelo Anthony and contributed 12 points and eight rebounds in 29 minutes off the bench.
Shaquille O'Neal made two free throws with 1:28 left to tie the game at 113 all. Shaq finished with 19 points.
Grant Hill scored on a jumper with 58 seconds left and added a free throw with six seconds remainiing to give the Suns a three point lead and a 118-115 victory. Hill scored 23 points as he set a personal high by appearing in his 70th consecutive game.
Prior to the Suns game against Washington on March 21, Amare Stoudemire held a press conference and pronounced his progress good although he is still restricted in his activities.
Jason Richardson started strong with 11 first quarter points and the Suns jumped to a 15-point lead at the end of the first quarter.
Grant Hill scored nine of his 11 points in the second period and passed for this assist but the Wizards came back to within four points at the half.
After the Wizards closed to within four points at the half, Richardson added another 17 points in the third period to put the game out of reach 90-75. J Rich scored 35 for the game.
Stromile Swift came off the bench to score 10 points and grab 12 rebounds in 21 minutes of play.
Shaquille O'Neal scored 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. During the game, Shaq passed Moses Malone for fifth place on the all-time NBA scoring list.
Steve Nash had his normal solid game with 17 points and the Suns scored a big win over Washington, 128-96.
Steve Nash came out firing when the Suns met Philadelphia on March 18. Nash scored 12 first quarter points and 24 for the game.
Leandro Barbosa is checked by Suns Trainer Aaron Nelson, Coach Alvin Gentry, and Steve Nash after hyperextending his knee with 26 seconds left in the first quarter.
Louis Amundson scored on the play Barbosa was hurt for two of his four points off the bench in the first half.
Grant Hill scored 21 points for the night, one of four Suns with over 20 points.
Jason Richardson scored 25 points including nine in the fourth period as the Suns took control of the game.
Shaquille O'Neal scored 26 points for the second consecutive game as the Suns beat the 76ers 126-116.
The scoreboard was going crazy in Oakland when the Suns visited the Golden State Warriors on March 15. Shaquille O'Neal played less than half the game and still had 26 points.
Steve Nash also played less than half the game and was on his way to a potential triple-double with 11 points, nine assists, and seven rebounds.
It was the play of a couple former Warriors that allowed Shaq and Nash to watch most of the action. J Rich scored 31 points, many on assists from . . .
. . . Matt Barnes, who finished with a career high 11 assists while scoring 20 points.
Richardson helped the Suns score 46 points in the third quarter to turn a two point lead into a 23 point lead goinig to the fourth period.
For the second consecutive night, Leandro Barbosa put together a scoring spurt, this time a six-point play aided by technicals, that was part of 19 point streak that put the game away in the third quarter.
Louis Amundson came off the bench to score 9 points, contribute 3 steals, and hand out 2 assists as the Suns scored an NBA high 152 points in a 152-130 victory over the Warriors.
Steve Nash and the Suns wore special road uniforms "LOS SUNS" for a home game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on March 14.
Grant Hill picked up some of the scoring load when Shaq picked up three quick fouls but the Suns trailed 52-46 at the half.
Matt Barnes scored on consecutive possessions in the third quarter to tie the game at 64 all.
Shaq returned in the third quarter to help the Suns enter the final period tied at 72.
Jerad Dudley came of the bench to give the Suns a spark with nine points and seven rebounds in 11 minutes of action.
Leandro Barbosa scored eight straight points in the fourth quarter to give the Suns a nine point lead they would never relinquish in a 106-95 victory over the Thunder.
Matt Barnes led the Suns against the Cleveland Cavaliers on March 12. Barnes scored 16 points in the first half to keep the Suns within one, 63-62.
Goran Dragic provided some valuable minutes off the bench with six points.
Jason Richardson scroed 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds.
Shaquille O'Neal led a Phoenix charge in the third quarter to give the Suns a nine point lead. Despite foul trouble, Shaq scored 12 points with 7 rebounds.
Leandro Barbosa again led the bench in scoring with 14 points.
Steve Nash scored 20 points but LeBron James (34) and Mo Williams (30) combined for 64 points to lead the Cavaliers to a 119-111 win.
Steve Nash tried to end the Suns four game losing streak by scoring 23 points and dishing out 13 assists when the Suns entertained Dallas on March 10.
Jason Richardson added 16 points and 7 rebounds.
Leandro Barbosa provided a spark off the bench with 18 points.
Matt Barnes scored 21 points and grabbed 7 rebounds.
Shaquille O'Neal also scored 21 points and pulled down 8 rebounds but it wasn't enough as Dallas beat the Suns 122-117.
Shaquille O'Neal and the Suns took on the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday afternoon, March 8. Shaq scored 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.
Grant Hill contributed 11 points and added 8 rebounds.
Leandro Barbosa scored 20 points off the bench.
Steve Nash handed out 11 assists and scored 23 points, including two free throws that brought the Suns to within three points late in the fourth quarter.
In the end, it was just too much Tony Parker and the Spurs won 103-98. Parker finished with 30 points, 22 in the second half.
Two of the biggest of the NBA's big men met when the Suns played at Houston on March 6. Shaquille O'neal scored 17 points with five rebounds for the Suns.
Yau Ming responded with 15 points and 13 rebounds of his own.
The Suns trailed by 10 at the half but Matt Barnes helped the Suns tie the game at 75 just before the end of the third quarter. Barnes scored 17 in the game.
Leandro Barbosa scored 24 points for the Suns as they again battled back from a fourth quarter deficit.
Steve Nash hit a three-pointer with 31 seconds remaining to once again tie the game at 112. Nash finished the game with 32 points and 13 assists but Aaron Brooks scored with 7 seconds left to give the Rockets a 116-112 win.
Shaquille O'Neal returned to the site of his most recent NBA Title (2005-06 season) when the Suns met the Miami Heat on March 4 in the second of back-to-back road games.
Dwayne Wade played like the All-Star he is by scoring 35 points and handing out 16 assists. With the help of 55 points off the bench (Michael Beasley 28 and Daequan Cook 27) the Heat never trailed and beat the Suns 135-129.
Steve Nash, playing his second game after coming back from an ankle sprain, kept the Suns in the game with 29 points and ten assists.
Jason Richardson added 22 points as the Suns closed to within four in the final period but were never able to take the lead.
Shaq finished with 22 points and 8 rebounds before fouling out in the last minute.
Suns Coach Alvin Gentry hoped to built on the sucess against the Lakers in Orlando on the first stop of a four-game road trip on March 3.
Steve Nash returned to the Suns lineup after missing three games scoring 20 points, handing out eight assists, and recording four steals.
Leandro Barbosa scored 14 points and also recorded four steals.
Jason Richardson lef the Suns in scoring with 27 points including 4 of 7 three-pointers
Shaquille O'Neal continued his recent scoring spree with 19 points and 11 rebounds but the Magic pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 111-99 win.
With Steve Nash out for the third straight game, Shaquille O'Neal made his presence felt when the Suns met the Los Angeles Lakers on March 1. Shaq ended the game with 33 points.
Matt Barnes scored 13 first half points to go with Shaq's 19 to give the Suns a 66-56 advantage at the break. Barnes finished with a season high 26 points.
Kobe Bryant led the Lakers on a 19-4 run to start the third quarter to give the Lakers a five point lead. Bryant scored 17 points in the quarter and 49 for the game.
The Sun came right back with a 21-6 run of their own capped by a break-away layin by Leandro Barbosa at the buzzer to give the Suns a 81-71 lead going to the final quarter. Barbosa scored 22 points in the game.
The Lakers closed to within four but seven straight points, including a three-pointer, by Matt Barnes put the Suns lead back to 11 with 1:26 remaining.
Grant Hill added 17 points for the Suns who held off the Lakers for a 118-111 win.
Jason Richardson scored eight points to give the Suns starters 106 of the 112 points scored in the game.