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article imageNBA: Frye hits big shoot in OT to give Suns 110-108 win

By Kristofor Molson     Feb 27, 2011 in Sports
Phoenix - The Suns are now 8-3 this month with this win over the Pacers. They have one more game left in this month as the Pacers ended this month 0-2 after starting 8-3 this month. This game came down to a buzzer-beater and overtime in Indiana.
This is the second meeting between the Phoenix Suns (30-27) and the Indiana Pacers (26-32), and the Suns own the season series now 2-0. The Suns won the first game in Phoenix 105-97, and now the Pacers returned the favor but could not get the win.
The game was started out close with the game being tied three times before the Suns pushed their lead to ten at the 2:36 mark on a Nash jumper that followed a Hill 3-pointer. The Pacers knocked it down four behind some free-throws but the Suns took a 33-29 lead to end the quarter.
In the second quarter the Suns pushed their lead to ten at the 7:09 mark on a Brooks’ jumper. The Pacers got the lead down to six on a Granger jumper, but that is the closes they got the whole game the rest of the half. Every time the Pacers tried to make a run the Suns just kept hitting big shoots and Hill hit a jumper and blocked Granger shoot to make it 60-51 going into halftime.
With .4 seconds left in the half Hill pulled up and hit a jumper. The Pacers had a chance to score, but as Granger was letting the ball go for his jumper Hill blocked back down as time ran out.
Grant Hill scored 34 points and had nine rebounds for the Suns. He shot 4-7 from the arc and went 2-2 from the free-throw line. Marcin Gortat came off the bench and scored 17 points with 11 rebounds to be the second leading scorer on the team. Jared Dudley also came off the bench to score 15 points, and new acquisition Aaron Brooks scored just three points in ten minutes.
The Starters were alright except for Hill, as Steve Nash had 10 points and 13 assists and Channing Frye added 14 points and 10 rebounds as the other starters struggled.
Danny Granger led the Pacers with 25 points, but did not get much help as Brandon Rush added 11 points and eight rebounds. The Pacers got most of their scoring off the bench as well with A.J. Price adding 18 points and Tyler Hansbrough scoring 13 points.
The Suns kept the pressure on in the third quarter with their lead going from seven to thirteen in the beginning of the quarter on an 11-5 run. Hill hit a 3-pointer in that run and Granger answered with a 3-pointer of his own, but the Suns kept their foot on the gas as they looked like they were going to close this game out early.
The score was 82-69 late in the third and a Price 3-pointer got it down to a Sun ten point lead going into the fourth quarter.
The Suns were in control until the fourth quarter when the Pacers took over scoring 27 points in the fourth to the Suns 17 points. Price scored 13 points in that period alone as the Suns went cold and the Pacers heated up. Granger made game tying free-throws to send it into overtime.
Overtime was big as both teams kept it close looking like it would go into double overtime. The Pacers were down three with .31 seconds left after a Gortat jumper, but Josh McRoberts (6 points) tied it up with a 3-point play.
The Suns had one last chance and as time was running out Frye rose up and knocked down a 3-pointer to give the Suns the 110-108 victory.
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