2010-11 Suns Oct-Nov Gallery
January 1, 2010
Denver Coach George Karl and Phoenix Coach Alvin Gentry had the same thing in mind before the Suns and Nuggets played on November 28.
The Nuggets jumped on the Suns early by scoring the first 10 points of the game and held 13 point lead at the end of the first quarter despite Jason Richardsons eight points in a three minute period.
The scoring tempo picked up considerably the rest of the way with the Suns outscoring the Nuggets 39-37 in the second period aide by Hedo Tukoglus 13 points.
The run-and-gun continued in the second half with the Suns scoring another 32 points in the third quarter but giving up 39 to trail by 16 going to the final period. Channing Frye scored 10 for the Suns in the quarter.
The Suns were able to close within one point on a Steve Nash three point play but the ensuing inbounds play was ruled a foul on Nash instead of a turnover by Chauncey Billips and the Nuggets made six consecutive free throws to put away a 138-133 win.
Richardson scored 39 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Suns.
Nash finished with 17 points and 11 assists.
Josh Childress came off the bench to score 16 points.
Hakim Warrick scored eight points to go with 9 rebounds in his first time in the starting lineup.
Grant Hill scored 11 points and handed out four assists.
The Suns and Jason Richardson started on fire against the Clippers on November 26. JR scored the first eight points for the Suns and 17 in the first eight minutes of the game.
The Suns took a 25 point lead only to see the Clippers close to within four in the third period. The Suns built the lead back to 17 with Nash contributing 10 assists through three periods.
Hakin Warrick scored 25 points for the Suns and Phoenix hung on to defeat the Clippers 116-108.
Goran Dragic came off the bench to contribute nine points.
Grant Hill scored 12 points to go along with five assists and five rebounds.
Richardson finished with 29 points including five three pointers.
Nash scored 16 points and handed out 10 assists.
In their first home game after a four game road trip, the Suns came out firing. Nash scored 5, Turkoglu 5, Richardson 9, Frye 7, and Hill 6 for 32 of the 36 points in the first quarter.
Hakim Warrick scored the other four points in the first quarter to help the Suns to a 36-17 lead but he was just getting started.
Warrick scored 19 more points in the second period and the Suns took a 62-50 lead to the locker room.
The second half belonged to the number 12. Hill scored 12 points in the 12 minutes of the quarter to help the Suns maintain their 12 point halftime lead after three periods. The Bulls outscored the Suns by 12 in the last 12 minutes to force overtime.
Chicago took the lead with 2:26 left in overtime but a Richardson three pointer to give the Suns a 108-107 lead with 1:04 left. The Bulls scored with 0.1 seconds remaining to send the game to a second overtime.
Nash and the Suns were surrounded the entire second overtime and lost to the Bulls 123-115.
Grant Hill and the Suns completed a four game road trip in Houston on November 22.
Steve Nash returned to the Suns lineup after missing two games and scored 10 points to go with five assists to help the Suns to a 59-45 halftime advantage.
Hakin Warrick came off the bench to score 10 points for the Suns. The bench contributed 26 points for the game. The lead remained 14 points after three quarters.
The Rockets closed to within three points with 2:57 remaining when Grant Hill tipped a rebound to Hedo Turkoglu who sank a three pointer to push the lead back to six.
Jason Richardson then scored 10 of the Suns last 14 points, eight on free throws, to keep the Suns in the lead. JR finished with a game high 26 points.
A jumper and two free throws by Nash nailed down the 123-116 win over the Rockets. Nash scored 24 points and added nine assists in his return.
Goren Dragic once again started for the injured Steve Nash when Phoenix visited Charlotte on November 20. Dragic scored a double-double with 17 points and 10 assists but the Suns fell to the Bobcats 123-105.
Dragic also helped on the defensive end with this block as Grant Hill takes the charge. Hill finished with a team-high 23 points.
Channing Frye blocked two shots while scoring 11 points and adding six rebounds.
Hedo Turkoglu was one of six Suns in double figures with 18 points.
Steve Nash tests his groin strain before the Suns game against the Orlando Magic on November 18. Nash was unable to play in the game.
Goran Dragic replaced Nash inthe starting lineup and finished with 10 points and four assists.
With Nash sidelined, the Magic jumped to a 31-15 lead at the end of the first period and never looked back. Hill led the Suns with 21 points.
The Suns again could not find their three point game, making only three, and the Magic cruised to a 105-89 victory.
Josh Childress continued his impressive play despite the injured finger on his shooting hand.
Garret Siler found some significant playing time with Robin Lopez out and Channing Frye in foul trouble.
Jared Dudley found himself playing some point guard with Nash unavailable. Dudley scored 11 points on the night.
Earl Clark was able to get 15 minutes of playing time and responded with 12 points and six rebounds.
Hakim Warrick scores on a drive.
Steve Nash and the Phoenix Suns started a four game road trip in Miami on November 17.
Grant Hill scored 15 points in the game and helped the Suns stay close at the end of one period, 27-24.
The three pointers weren't falling for the Suns and only Nash scored in double figures in the first half with 10 and Miami took a 64-43 lead at the break. Nash led the Suns in scoring with 17 points.
Jason Richardson contributed 11 points in the game but the Heat scored 12 straight points after the Suns closed within 14 points and Miami led 100-73 after three periods.
Goran Dragic came off the bench to score 11 points for the Suns.
Recently signed Earl Barron made his first appearance for the Suns in the Heat's 123-96 victory.
Hakim Warrick came off the bench to score 21 points and lead the Suns to a 100-94 victory over the Denver Nuggets on November 15.
Channing Frye moved into the starting lineup with Robin Lopez out for a few weeks with a knee injury. Frye responded with 15 points and seven rebounds.
Earl Clark received some playing time in Frye's spot off the bench.
Coach Alvin Gentry watched as the Suns dug themselves into a 15 point hole in the second period.
Steve Nash was the only Suns player in double figures at halftime with 10 points and the Suns trailed by 12.
Hedo Turkoglu again hit big shots. WIth 6:28 to play, his three point play gave the Suns the lead for the first time since the opening quarter. The Suns would not give up the lead the rest of the way.
After setting a franchise record with 22 three point shots the previous night, the Suns made only four of 20 against the Nuggets. But, Nash hit a critical one that gave the Suns a six point lead with 2:31 left in the game.
Hedo followed with another three pointer that gave the Suns a 98-89 lead with 2:50 remaining. Turkoglu scored eight points in the final period.
Grant Hill drew the defensive assignment on Carmelo Anthony and held him to 20 points while scoring 14 of his own.
Josh Childress scored 10 points to help the Suns bench outscore the Nuggets bench 36-27. Josh also contributed eight rebounds.
Jason Richardson scored 11 points for the Suns.
Coach Alvin Gentry was relaxed and ready as the Suns visited the Los Angeles Lakers on November 13.
Jason Richardson scored the first and last points for the Suns and totaled 35 for the game as the Suns won 121-116.
Robin Lopez blocked a shot early but exited with two quick fouls.
Channing Frye came off the bench early to score eight of his 20 points points in the first period to keep the Suns within two of the Lakers 25-23.
Goran Dragic hit consecutive three pointers in the second period and the Suns were within one, 36-35. Dragic added another three pointer later and finished with nine points.
Steve Nash passed for three quick assists in the second period as the Suns took the lead at the half 56-53. Nash totaled 13 assists in the game.
After the Lakers took the lead early in the third quarter, Grant Hill scored on consecutive possessions to give the Suns the lead for good, 67-64. Hill finished with eight points.
Hakin Warrick came off the bench for six points.
Jared Dudley hit a three pointer and helped the Suns bench outscore the Lakers bench 40-22.
Alvin Gentry encourages the reserves during run that gave the Suns an eight point lead with nine minutes left.
Nash scored eight straight points for the Suns after the Lakers closed to within two with 4:49 remaining. Nash hit clutch free throws at the end for 21 points in the game.
Hedo Turkoglu hit a huge three pointer with 34.7 seconds left to give the Suns a six point lead. Hedo scored seventeen points including 5 of 7 from three point range and added five assists.
Richardson hit seven three pointers as the Suns made 22 of 40 as a team to set a franchise record for made three pointers. The total is also second best ever in the NBA.
The Suns visited the Los Angeles Lakers on the second night of back-to-back games for the second time this season. This time the Suns came away with the victory 121-116 with Jason Richardson scoring 35 points.
Steve Nash jump-started the Suns when they met Sacramento on November 12. Nash scored 10 first quarter points to help Phoenix to a 30-24 lead.
Robin Lopez helped on the defensive end with this block and also contributed six points in the quarter.
Frye also helped on the defensive and and contributed two three pointers in as many attempts.
Josh Childress also added a blocked shot and scored ten points off the bench.
Nash scored seven of the last nine points for the suns to end the first half and give the Suns a 52-43 halftime advantage.
Jason Richardson scored the first five points of the second half and the Suns had their biggest lead of the game, 57-43. Richardson finished with 14 points and eight rebounds.
Hakim Warrick scored 11 second half points to help the Suns maintain the lead throughout the game.
Nash finished the game with 28 points and 14 assists in the Suns 103-89 victory to even their record at 4-4.
Grant Hill and the Phoenix Suns visited the Memphis Grizzlies three days after a thrilling double overtime victory in Phoenix. Hill led the Suns with 19 points but it wasn't enough as Memphis won 109-99.
Hakim Warrick led the Suns bench with 16 points. The Suns bench outscored the Grizzlies 37-22 for the game.
Josh Childress tips in front of Warrick on the offensive glass.
Steve Nash scored 16 points and added 11 assists to the Phoenix cause.
Warrick's 14 first half points helped the Suns stay close at the half, 55-52.
Jared Dudley added seven points to the bench total.
The Suns started a road trip in Atlanta against the undefeated (6-0) Hawks. Lopez controlled the tip and the Suns controlled the game early and led by 18 points in the middle of the third period.
Jason Richardson scored 21 points for the Suns but the Hawks came back to tie the game with under two minutes left in the quarter.
Jared Dudley led the bench with 15 points and six rebounds as the reserves outscored Atlanta's bench 46-19.
Josh Childress returned to Atlanta to score 11 points off the bench and also grab six rebounds.
Goran Dragic contributed six points in relief of Steve Nash.
Grant Hill scored 14 points and added six rebounds for the Suns.
Steve Nash hit a fade away jumper with 1:07 remaining the Suns had a two point lead. After Channing Frye broke yet another tie with 24.2 seconds left, Nash iced the game with four straight free throws in a 118-114 victory.
When Memphis visited Phoenix on November 5, assistant coach David Joerger took over the head coaching duties with Lionel Hollins attending the funeral of former Suns player Maurice Lucas. Hollins and Lucas won the 1977 NBA Championship with Portland.
The Suns and Grant Hill got off to a slow start with Hill missing his first seven shots and the Suns found themselves trailing by 18 points in the second period.
Jason Richardson did all he could to get the Suns back in the game with 19 first half points and the Suns battled back to trail by just 10 at the half, 55-45.
The Gorilla was going green on GO GREEN NIGHT at US Airways Center.
Goran Dragic provided a third period spark and finished the game with 13 points.
Hedo Turkoglu found his shooting touch with four three pointers in the third period. Hedo scored 18 points in the game.
The Suns continued to claw their way back into the game and when Josh Childress scored with 9:58 left in the game, the Suns were within two at 74-76.
Coach Alvin Gentry does his best Steve-Nash-tounge imitation while watching the back and forth game.
With 0.4 seconds left in the fourth period, Grant Hill had an inbounds pass with the Suns trailing by two, 97-99.
Richardson took the pass from Hill and guided the ball through to tie the score at 99 and send the game to overtime.
Channing Frye and Steve Nash celebrate the tying basket by Richardson as the horn sounds and the game goes to overtime.
Nash and Richardson combined for all but two of the Suns 24 points in the two overtimes as the Suns came out on top 123-118. Nash finished with 25 points and nine assists.
Richardson finished with 38 points to give the Suns their first win at home of the season.
The Gorilla got the crowd going early when the Suns hosted the San Antonio Spurs on November 3
The Gorilla also had time to greet a couple adorable younger fans.
Grant Hill scored eight of his 15 points in the first quarter as the Suns led most of the way but trailed 23-22 when the period ended.
Hakim Warrick also contributed eight points by halftime and the teams went to the lockker room tied at 50.
San Antonio took an early 11 point lead but Steve Nash brought the Suns back with 11 points of his own and the Suns were within two going to the last quarter.
Warrick scored three points around a Nash field goal to cut a Spurs six point lead to one with 5:02 remaining in the game.
Jason Richardson scored on a layin with 4:19 remaining and followed with an alley-oop dunk on a pass from Nash at the 3:30 mark to cap a 9-0 run and give the Suns a 106-103 lead.
Coach Alvin Gentry could only watch as the Spurs scored the next eight points to lead by five with 19 seconds left.
The Spurs held on for a 112-110 win despite 19 points and seven assists from Nash.
Richardson led the Suns in scoring with 21 points.
Steve Nash gets the team fired up for the home opener against the defending World Champion Los Angeles Lakers on October 29.
An enthusiastic crowd greeted the Suns after a win in Utah the previous night.
Grant Hill was hot at the start, scoring eight points in the first six minutes.
Robin Lopez contributed six points in the first quarter. Lopez finished the game with 18 points and 14 rebounds.
Jared Dudley scored the last seven points of the quarter for the Suns and Phoenix trailed by just one at the quarter, 28-27. Jared finished the game with 10 points.
Goren Dragic helped the Suns take the lead in the second quarter but a late Lakers spurt gave Los Angeles a 57-50 lead at the half.
When Hedo Turkoglu scored late in the third period, the Suns and Lakers were tied at 76. Hedo scored nine points and pulled down six rebounds for the game.
The Lakers went on a 11-3 run to end the third period and the Lakers took an 87-79 lead into the last quarter. Jason Richardson scored 17 points and grabbed five rebounds for the game.
The Suns could get no closer than five points in the last period and fell to the Lakers 114-106. Hill scored 21 points to lead the Suns.
Dragic led the reserves with 15 points and the Suns bench outscored the Lakers bench 33-25.
Richardson scores on a twisting layin.
Nash scored eight points and had a season-high nine assists.
Steve Nash helped the Suns to a quick first quarter lead with nine points and the Suns led 27-22 after one period in Salt Lake City against the Utah Jazz.
Hakim Warrick came off the bench to spark the reserves in the second period. Warrick scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds on the night.
Goran Dragic scored eight points and handed out four assists in the first half in relief of Nash. Dragic finished the game with 11 points and six assists.
Jason Richardson saved this ball from going out of bounds and also scored on a length-of-court pass from Nash for a dunk with 0.2 second left in the half to give the Suns a 58-42 advantage at the break. JR scored 16 in the game.
Channing Frye hit two big three pointers during the Suns second quarter run and finished with 14 points.
Steve Nash scored six and Warrick eight as the Suns held off a Jazz rally and took a 84-72 lead into the final period. Nash finished with 18 points.
Grant Hill grabbed this rebounds, one of 12 for the game, but found himself surrounded by Utah players and eventually had to call time out. Hill scored nine points in the game.
Josh Childress scored on his only field goal attempt while playing with a broken finger. The Suns held off another Utah rally in the fourth period to win their first game of the season 110-94.
The Phoenix Suns tipped off the 2010-11 season with a road game in Portland against the Trail Blazers.
Jason Richardson got off to a quick start with nine first quarter points but the Suns trailed by two after one period. JR finished with 22 points for the game.
Jared Dudley and the rest of the reserves kept the Suns in the game during the second period. Dudley scored six points for the game and the Suns trailed by four at the half.
Steve Nash scored 12 points in the third period to help Phoenix outscore Portland 35-25 to take a six point lead into the final period.
Nash scored five straight points to give the Suns a 91-88 lead with 5:44 to play. Steve finished the game with 26 points.
Portland scored 12 straight points to take an eight point lead and the Suns could score only one point the rest of the game and fell 106-92. Hedo Turkoglu scored six points for the Suns.
Grant Hill scored just four points for the Suns.
Robin Lopez blocked this shot, scored five points and added five rebounds.