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article imageNBA: Channing Frye of Suns hit another big 3 to beat Nets in OT

By Kristofor Molson     Mar 2, 2011 in Sports
Newark - Channing Frye has become a go to guy in the last couple of games, but this one was almost spoiled. The Nets welcomed new comer Deron Williams to New Jersey for the first time since being traded from the Utah Jazz.
The New Jersey Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov was in attendance as the New Jersey Nets (12-43) welcomed the new acquisition Deron Williams as they took on the Phoenix Suns (31-27). The Suns now own the season series 2-0 with this victory but it came down to the wire and referee review in the end.
The game was close to open the first quarter as both teams fought to get ahead. The game was tied up at ten after Williams hit a 3-poiter with 7:05 left in the game. The Nets kept the lead until the Hill hit a jumper to tie the game up at 14 for the Suns. The game was then tied up at 16 before the Suns finished the quarter with a 26-23 lead.
The Nets got the game within one early in the second quarter before Pietrus hit a 3-pointer to give them the three point lead. Vujacic then hit a jumper and Outlaw hit a jumper as well to give the Nets the lead at the 8:45 mark. The Nets kept the lead until Dudley hit a 3-pointer hit and Warrick made a dunk to give the Suns a 42-38 lead.
The Nets got the game close again, but the Suns took a one point lead into halftime 52-51. Humphries brought the crowd to its feet late in the first half by blocking a dunk attempt by Robin Lopez.
Marcin Gortat led the Suns with 17 points in 19 minutes of play off the bench and Hakim Warrick scored 16 points off the bench in his 24 minutes of play. Robin Lopez scored 14 points as Steve Nash finished with 10 points and 15 assists for the starters.
After a big game from Grant Hill, this game he only had seven points and grabbed eight rebounds. Mickael Pietrus scored 13 points and Jared Dudley added 10 points as the Suns bench came up big.
Brook Lopez the twin brother of Robin Lopez scored 28 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Anthony Morrow scored 22 points and Deron Williams scored 13 points with 18 assists. Kris Humphries scored 16 points with 15 rebounds as Travis Outlaw came off the bench to score ten points.
The Suns kept the lead to open the third quarter as the Nets tried to take the lead staying close late in the quarter. The Nets then got their chance and took a one point lead on a Lopez jumper, but the Suns tied it up at 63 on a Gortat free-throw. The Suns then kept the lead to finish the quarter up 69-66.
The Suns opened the fourth quarter pushing their lead to eight before the Nets called a timeout at the 8:17 mark. The Nets fought to chop the lead down as they got it to five, and then two with .22 seconds left. Morrow hit a 3-pointer to go down by one and Frye had a dunk to push it to three.
The last sequence before regulation ended was crazy as Nash tried to get the intentional foul on Morrow so he would not shoot the three. Nash grabbed Morrow, but Morrow was behind the line and sold the shooting motion so he can go to the line. He knocked down all three before with two seconds left.
Then the vet Grant Hill got called for a inbound five second violation to give the ball right back to the Nets.
Overtime started and Robin scored back to back baskets for the Suns after his brother Brook scored the first points of the period to give the Nets a two point lead. Brook then scored again on free-throws giving the Nets a one point lead 100-99.
New Jersey went up three on the Suns and Gortat scored a jumper to make it 101-102. Brook then made it 103-102 with a free-throw, but missed the second one with nine seconds left in the game.
With .6 seconds left Frye got the ball at the top of the key and knocked down the three-pointer to give the Suns a one point lead.
The difference between winning and losing was literally a split-second. Humphries' tip-in of Williams' floater came a fraction of a second after the final buzzer. Williams darted to the hole and threw up his floater and fell to the ground waiting to see if the basket counted. The videotape review showed the ball on Humphries' right hand with the clock showing zeros and the game was over for the Nets.
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