2008 October-November Photo Gallery
January 1, 2008
Steve Nash returned after missing one game with a thigh contusion when the Suns met the New Jersey Nets on November 30.
Amar'e Stoudemire scored 13 points in the first quarter to help the Suns take an 11 point advantage.
Twin brothers Robin Lopez (Suns) and Brook Lopez (Nets) met for the first time since being first round draft picks. Robin helped the Suns to a 62-56 halftime lead.
Shaquille O'Neal didn't score in the first half but started the second by getting the Suns first field goal and the Suns built the lead back to 11 at 85-74 at the end of three periods.
Amar'e scored 25 points and added 11 rebounds before being ejected with 3:24 left when he picked up his second technical foul.
Despite Nash handing out 9 assists and scoring 22 points, the Suns turned the ball over 21 times and the Nets scored 12 straight points in the last three minutes on their way to a 117-109 victory.
A familiar face in a different uniform came to Phoenix when the Miami Heat came to town on November 28 to play the Suns.
Sean Singletary got the start when Steve Nash was unable to play due to a right thigh contusion.
Shaquille O'Neal contributed 12 points and nine rebounds but the Suns fell behind early by 17 points.
Leandro Barbosa came off the bench to score 20 points but the Suns could get no closer than nine points and lost 107-92.
Shaquille O'Neal returned to the lineup when the Suns played at Minnesota on November 26. Shaq scored the first two points of the game and when he scored again, the Suns took a 16 point lead in the second quarter.
The lead would be cut to eight three times but the Suns would build it back to 16 with four minutes to go. Matt Barnes scored 12 points for the night.
Amare Stoudemire is fouled as the Timberwolves made a series of three point plays in the last three minutes to cut the lead to six. Amare scored 16 points for the game including critical free throws down the stretch.
And once again it was Steve Nash in the last minutes with six straight free throws and a field goal to protect the lead and give the Suns a 110-102 victory.
Leandro Barbosa returned to the lineup following the passing of his mother when the Suns traveled to Oklahoma City for their first meeting with the Thunder on November 25.
With Shaquille O'Neal not in the lineup, Robin Lopez started and contributed 11 points, five rebounds, and three blocked shots.
Louis Amundson got some playing time that included a dunk following this steal.
Matt Barnes hit three three-pointers for his nine first half points but the Suns trailed 54-41 at intermission.
With the Suns down eleven entering the fourth quarter, Steve Nash went to work scoring 12 points and handing out 5 assists in the period.
Amar'e Stoudemire stepped up his scoring in the second half with 16 points that brought the Suns back to within one at 88-87 with just over three minutes remaining.
Nash drove for a layin with 1:46 left, hit a three-pointer at 1:17, made a jumper to tie the game at the 48 second mark, and then handed out his 15th assist with 25 seconds left to . . .
. . .Matt Barnes, who hit his fourth three-pointer to give the Suns their first lead and the victory, 99-98.
Nash had good readon to celebrate after two last-second shots by the Thunder failed to connect.
Boris Diaw signed autographs before the Suns met Portland on November 22. Diaw was one of six players to score in double figures with 10 points off the bench.
Shaquille O'Neal scored 19 points and pulled down 17 rebounds and here blocked one of his two shots.
Steve Nash had 16 points and 7 assists.
Grant Hill came off the bench to score 15 points and add five rebounds.
Amar'e Stoudemire dunked here for two of his 17 points to go along with 9 rebounds.
The "Human Slinky" performed at halftime.
Matt Barnes tried to get into double figures, but just missed with nine points, all in the third quarter.
Raja Bell did get to double figures with 14 points.
The Suns increased their lead each quarter to win 102-92.
Shaquille O'Neal arrives for a showdown between the top two teams in the Pacific Division, the Los Angeles Lakers (8-1) and the Phoenix Suns (8-4) at US Airways Center on November 20.
The 8:45 pm tipoff for TNT didn't keep the packed house from being ready.
Shaq scored four quick points in the early going.
Raja Bell hit two three-pointers to give the Suns a 15-12 lead.
Amar'e Stoudemire, playing without the now-familiar goggles, scored nine points and grabbed six rebounds inthe first half but the Lakers led at the half, 50-44.
Shaq made his presence felt in the second half finishing with 15 points and nine rebounds.
Amar'e kept up his scoring inthe second half to finish with 21 points but the Lakers pulled away and won 105-92.
Matt Barnes returned to the lineup after serving his two-game suspension when the Suns traveled to Salt Lake City to play the Utah Jazz on November 17.
Amar'e Stoudemire started strong with 15 first quarter points as the Suns took a 32-23 lead.
Shaquille O'Neal scores here but the Jazz came back to take a three-point lead at the half 57-54.
Barnes scored 19 points and grabbed five rebounds in his return.
Despite being limited by foul trouble, Stave Nash still scored 14 points and passed for eight assists.
Amar'e continued to score in the second half to finish with 30 for the game to go with 8 rebounds but the Jazz pulled away in the second half for a 109-97 win over the Suns.
Steve Nash welcomed Muhammad Ali to the Suns game against Detroit on November 16.
Amar'e Stoudemire continued his torrid pace from the Sacramento overtime by scoring 12 quick points in the first quarter to help the Suns to a 31-23 lead.
Grant Hill hit his first three shots that led the Suns to 82% shooting in the quarter.
Shaquille O'Neal scored 12 points before being ejected after being called for a flagrant foul in the second quarter. The Suns responded to extend their lead to 61-46 at the half.
Nash surprised Richard Hamilton with this block in the third quarter.
Robin Lopez filled in for Shaq and scored 9 points and pulled down four rebounds in 14 minutes.
Hill continued his hot shooting, finishing with 11 points and eight rebounds.
Boris Diaw scored 13 points and added seven rebounds and helped the Suns maintain the lead at 81-67 through three periods.
Nash scored 17 points and handed out seven assists as the Suns continued to build the lead to as much as 21 points and beat the Pistons 104-86.
When this jumper settled through the net with 4.3 seconds left in overtime, Amar'e Stoudemire gave the Suns the lead for good. Amar'e then blocked a Kings shot at the buzzer as the Suns won at Sacramento 97-95 on November 14.
With Matt Barnes serving the first of a two game suspension, Grant Hill made the start and scored 22 points and added nine rebounds.
Raja Bell played 49 minutes (remember, it was overtime) due to the one game suspension of Steve Nash and the loss of Leandro Barbosa who left for home in Brazil after the passing of his mother.
Shaquille O'Neal also came up big with 29 points, 13 rebounds, and six assists.
Two of the biggest of the big men of the NBA tipped off on November 12 when Yao Mong and the Houston Rockets met Shaquille O'Neal and the Suns in Phoenix.
Things were not going well for the Suns or Robin Lopez who missed this thunder dunk and the Rockets led 44-37 at the half.
Leandro Barbosa continued to contribute off the bench with 18 points.
Shaq led the Suns with 18 points and 13 rebounds but the Suns fell behind by 19 points in the third quarter and could get no closer than 10 in a 94-82 loss to the Rockets.
Amar'e Stoudemire and the Suns returned from a four game road trip to host the Memphis Grizzlies on November 10. Amar'e started strong with eight first-quarter points.
Matt Barnes returned to the Suns lineup after missing three games.
Boris Diaw came off the bench to score six first-half points as the Suns were tied with the Grizzlies 44-44 at the half.
At halftime, Jerry Colangelo was honored for his leading USA Basketball to the Olympic Gold Medal.
Boris Diaw scored seven more third-quarter points as the Suns raced to a 17 point advantage.
Despite Leandro Barbosa scoring 10 of 12 points during a stretch midway through the fourth quarter, Memphis rallied to take the lead with under four minutes to play.
Shaquille O'Neal provided the other two points, but was limited to just 21 minutes for the game with foul problems.
Barbosa continued his fourth quarter scoring spree by giving the Suns the lead twice on three-pointers. The first came with three minutes remaining and the second gave the Suns the permanent lead with 43.8 second left.
Steve Nash made four straight free throws in the last eight seconds to preserve a 107-102 victory.
Shaquille O'Neal showed the benefits of taking a game off by scoring 29 points and pulling down 11 rebounds against the Milwaukee Bucks on November 8.
Amar'e Stoudemire continued his spectacular play with another 24 points and five rebounds.
Grant Hill started in the place of still-absent Matt Barnes and contributed 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Steve Nash pulled down five rebounds to go with his 16 points and seven assists as the Suns led all the way to beat the Bucks 104-96 and finish the road trip 3-1.
Amar'e Stoudemire picked up where he left off in Indiana with 14 first-half points against Chicago on November 7, but did not get much help from his teammates as the Suns trailed the Bulls 48-34 at the half.
Coach Terry Porter and Goran Dragic appear concerned as the Bulls continued to dominate in the second half.
Robin Lopez (behind net) started for the resting Shaquille O'Neal and helped Amar'e block this shot. The Bulls continued their assault in the second half to beat the Suns 100-83. Stoudemire finished the game with 26 points and seven rebounds.
Shaquille O'Neal was not expected to play in the second of back-to-back road games at Indiana on November 5. When Matt Barnes had to return home for a family issue, O'Neal started but played only 11 minutes with foul trouble.
Amar'e Stoudemire took up the slack, and then some, scoring 49 points and passing for six assists.
When he wasn't scoring, Amar'e pulled down 11 rebounds.
Amar'e made 17 of 21 shots from the field, many on thunder dunks.
On the defensive end, Amar'e blocked 2 shots.
And when he was fouled, Amar'e made 15 straight free throws.
Raja Bell added 10 points as the Suns pulled away in the second half and beat the Pacers 113-103 for their third straight win.
Robin Lopez of the Suns and twin brother Brook face off for the first time since each was the first round draft pick of their team.
Goran Dragic hits a layup to help the Suns to a 65-55 halftime lead.
Leandro Barbosa drives past the Nets for two first half points.
Louis Amundson and the rest of the reserves played much of the fourth quarter in the first of four games in five nights.
Shaquille O'Neal made eight of nine field goal attempts to help the Suns shoot 63% from the floor and bury the Nets 114-86.
Amare Stoudemire looked to get the Suns backs on the winning track when they hosted Portland on Saturday, November 1.
Raja Bell scored to help the Suns to a quick ten point advantage.
Shaquille O'Neal was a presence inside but the Blazers came back to take a one point advantage at the half.
Steve Nash beat the shot clock for two of his 20 points to help the Suns take control of the game in the second half.
Matt Barnes had his best scoring night as a member of the Phoenix Suns with 21 points as the Suns beat Portland 107-96.
Shaquille O'Neal arrives at U S Airways Center for the Suns home opener against the New Orleans Hornets on Thursday, October 30.
And the Shaq fans arrived ready for action.
Boris Diaw also arrived early in anticipation of meting with fans.
A Diaw fan took a self-portrait with Boris.
Diaw also took time to meet with fans and sign autographs.
Steve Nash enters the court for warmups prior to the opener.
Brian McKnight and friends performed the national anthem.
Louis Amundson saw his first action of the season against New Orleans.
Amare Stoudemire scores and the Hornets Hilton Armstrong waits for impact.
Steve Nash scores two of his 10 points and added seven assists in the first half. New Orleans scored the first nine points of the game and took a 56-44 halftime lead.
Diaw and a group of reserves cut a 12 point New Orleans lead to three early in the fourth period but the Hornets hit three of their 13 three-pointers on consecutive possessions to come away with a 108-95 victory over the Suns.
Steve Nash and Coach Terry Porter talk about the regular season opener for the Phoenix Suns in San Antonio on October 29.
Boris Diaw came off the bench to score four quick points at the end of the first quarter to help the Suns to a 19-16 lead.
Steve Nash showed no ill effects of a pre-season sprained ankle by scoring 13 points and handing out 13 assists.
Shaquille O'Neal made five of six free throws near the end of the first half to allow Phoenix to maintain the three point lead at the half, 49-46.
Barbosa's two free throws with 3.6 seconds remaining sealed the Suns 103-98 victory.
Grant Hill came off the bench to score 13 points and contribute two steals.
Raja Bell signals a play while Steve Nash looks on.
Matt Barnes had seven points and seven rebounds in a starting role.
Leandro Barbosa came off the bench to score 18 points including four of five from behind the three-point line.
Amare Stoudemire scored 11 points in the last seven minutes of the fourth quarter to give the Suns their final lead in a game that saw 24 ties and 46 lead changes. Amare finished with 22 points and eight rebounds.