2010 Playoffs: Suns vs Blazers, Game 5
April 27, 2010
The fans get ready for the game, a TNT broadcast, and a Suns win in Game 5..
Head Coach Alvin Gentry meets with the press pregame.
Gentry answers any-and-all questions.
Earl Clark checks messages in the locker room.
Jared Dudley watches a replay of Game 4 prior to taking the court.
After a favorable report from a medical exam on Monday, Robin Lopez works out on the treadmill.
Steve Nash led the charge through the AOT Lounge toward the court.
Grant Hill accepts the Joe Dumars Trophy as the 2009-10 NBA Sportsmanship Award winner from Bob Lanier. Hill is the first three-time winner of the award.
The Phoenix Suns Gorilla encourages the crowd to get loud.
Game 5 tips off.
The Suns had to withstand an early Portland charge that had the Suns wondering. The Blazers led 9-0, 18-4, and 23-9.
Jason Richardson scored on a follow and scored 11 first quarter points. His free throws with one minute left in the period tied the game at 25.
When Channing Frye scored with 10:22 left in the half, the Suns had their first lead at 31-30. At the 2:17 mark, Frye hit his first three-pointer and the Suns led by seven, 52-45.
Nash took only three shots in the first half but found teammates for seven assists.
The Suns Dancers had reason to be happy when the Suns went to the locker room with a 57-47 lead.
Amar'e Stoudemire scored the first four Suns points of the second half, and the Suns were off to the races.
Nash picked up the scoring pace in the third period with 11 points and three more assists. The Suns closed the quarter with a 15-5 run to lead by 18.
Frye led the bench with 20 points, as the Suns outsored the Portland reserves, 55-22.
The BIG TIME NOISE was already there when the Gorilla went to work.
Dudley added 19 points off the bench, and the Suns took a 3-2 series lead with a 107-88 victory.
Richardson scored 13 points and added eight rebounds.
Stoudemire scored 19.
The crowd was entertained by the Lucky 7 Shootout.
Leandro Barbosa scored seven points, as the referee checks to see if it is a three-point attempt.
That is a very big flag, but it's a gorilla waving it around.
Goren Dragic also scored seven points, as the bench allowed the Suns starters to sit out most of the fourth period.
Personalized signs have to point at the camera, not necessarily where the action is.
Frye had his 15 seconds of fame on TNT.
This costume has been present throughout the playoffs, but the Suns hat is new.
Gentry had fun answering the questions presented to him in the postgame news conference.
Portland Head Coach Nate McMillan had many more concerns after Game 5.
Frye had a lot to smile about in the postgame news conference with 20 points, eight rebounds and two steals.
Nash finished with 14 points and 10 assists.
Gentry and Dudley talk after the game.
Barbosa demonstrates the art of "palming the ball" with "The Arizona Republic" Suns beat writer Paul Coro.
Dudley answers questions from the assembled media.
Nash visits with former Suns swingman Jimmy Jackson.
Amar'e is surrounded by media as he answers questions.