This is gonna be a tough game... really have my doubts if we can win it but it would be nice to see us stay closer than that 22 point blow out given to us by Orlando... and if we happen to give Boston their first loss... that would be cool too
at halftime I am very pleased with the intensity and level of play by the Suns. The Suns are leading 57-51, the biggest lead held by the Suns was 11. The Celtics really started to play well and got the crowd back into it, until Lou Amundson got that tip in and seemed to quiet the crowd and killed the momentum of the Celts. Suns rallied back and regained some of that lead. Really good game so far, if you're not watching this game you're wrong..
End of the 3rd and the Suns now only up by 2, but give them credit for playing tough down the stretch. Celts were on the attack and the Suns held on defensively. Rondo got a big continuation call and a chance to tie the game with 2 free throws. He misses both and Rasheed taps the ball out back to Rondo for 3 and he hits back iron, missing the shot. Suns head to the sidelines for a breather until the start of the 4th with a 2 point lead.
Suns hung tough throughout the 4th and pulled off the stunner!
Jared Dudley- If you were wondering why this guy is getting more burn than Alondo Tucker this game should be your answer. He was one of the 2 main reasons the Suns won tonight. He played huge D, and came up offensively in spots. I am really impressed with him.
JRICH- The other of the 2 reasons why we won, JRICH at one point was 6/6 from the 3pt line. I believe he ended up with a new season high of 34 pts, his previous being 21. He was the reason we were able to build leads and maintain them.
Dragic- Is this the same guy as last season??? This guy has been playing really well this season, and played exceptionally well tonight.
The Bench- Do we finally have a bench, I've noticed all season that they have been playing well. They've been keeping us in games (minus orlando) but like everyone has been saying the teams we played were less than stellar. This game though against a stacked (and relatively healthy, only missing big baby) Celtics team, they helped maintain defensive pressure, leads, and pushed us to build leads even. If they can play like this, giving our starters some time to rest... I'm not saying, I'm just saying... look out.
another quick little note, Suns were only out rebounded by 3. The Suns have really been doing a good job of team rebounding this year, lets hope they keep this mentality going all year long.
The game I witnessed tonight was pure beauty. You all should of heard the Celtics commentator, he was soo P***ed the whole game. I was laughing my a** off every time he would go on a rant claiming the refs were helping PHX win and saying Nash gets special privilege. And then when Nash drained that huge 3 with less than a minute left, he just shut his mouth and sulked LOL. Great win Suns.
BOSTON - The Suns are trying to pull off some magic this season, but they revealed their secrets Friday night.
The Suns blew their cover as a team just trying to find its way, handing the previously undefeated Boston Celtics a 110-103 upset loss at TD Banknorth Garden.
Suns coach Alvin Gentry's 200th head-coaching win came in as shocking a fashion as his 100th, a Clippers win over the Lakers. The Suns peppered the Celtics, known for their defense, with unpredictability and spacing. Boston was a step slow to the 3-point line and let the Suns hit 13 of 24 3-pointers but also allowed easy baskets with 59 Suns points in the paint or on free throws.
The Suns are counting on Jason Richardson to be their second-leading scorer, but he did not score in three of the first five games because of a two-game suspension and a scoreless Wednesday night in Orlando.
"I stewed on that," he said.
Richardson made up for it, scoring 14 in the first quarter to get Phoenix to a lead it would never relinquish. He hit his first six 3-point tries, scoring 34 points to make Phoenix 4-0 when he scores 30. He also had a team-best 10 rebounds.
"After the first quarter, they could see it in my eyes that I had the stroke and the hot hand," Richardson said. "It was a feel. Some nights are like that. You feel like everything you throw up is going to go in."
The Suns have been big on rebuilding an identity as an open, fast offense. This game will help. Boston had given up 81.5 points per game, but the Suns passed that mark in the third quarter. Boston was giving up 40.7 percent shooting, but Phoenix made half of its shots, with Amaré Stoudemire getting inside for most of his 22 points off Steve Nash's penetration and 12 assists.
Boston usually chases teams off the 3-point line, giving up 24.7 percent 3-point shooting. But Suns passes skipped over Boston's long-armed defense.
"They put pressure on the defense all day," Celtics guard Ray Allen said.
The Suns' bench continues to perform well, even with new lineups because of Leandro Barbosa's absence. The reserves were part of groups that stretched leads in each half, as Phoenix also is closing games better than last season.
"The way we were playing and the style we were playing, I don't think so," Nash said of whether they would have finished that win a year ago. "We didn't have that understanding and commonality of what we were trying to accomplish. We didn't know where we were looking for plays. We weren't on the same page. We're making plays and sticking together. More than anything, what I'm proud of is we're tough. We're not relenting to pressure."
The box score does not compliment the defense with Boston shooting 52 percent. But Grant Hill and Jared Dudley kept Paul Pierce to 5-of-15 shooting and the Celtics helped by missing easy shots early and long ones late, going 4 for 18 on 3-pointers.
The Celtics cut an 11-point fourth-quarter hole to four with 2:29 to go but scored only three more points as Nash put them away with a 3-pointer.
The Suns are 5-1 for the first time since 2000-01.
"People are going to have doubt in us but we never can," Stoudemire said.
Coming off a scoreless game, Jason Richardson hit six 3-pointers, scored 34 points and added 10 rebounds.
With their lead down to 104-100 with 2:29 to go, the Suns held Boston to three points and got a clutch 3-pointer from Steve Nash.
13: Suns' 3-pointers on 24 tries. Boston had been giving up four per game.
View from press row
It's tough to sit Jason Richardson when he is as hot as he was in the first quarter. He made all three of his 3-pointers and scored 14 in the first. When he returned, he was out of the flow and missed his only second-quarter shot. That said, the previously never-used lineup of Goran Dragic, Grant Hill, Jared Dudley, Earl Clark and Louis Amundson started the second quarter and extended the lead to eight in a big stretch of 5:20. Dudley stood out on both ends. His defense and energy merits minutes but he has found his touch too.