PHOENIX — Suns forward Jared Dudley is really something else.
The self-described man with no hops rose up to block Lakers 7-footer Andrew Bynum thanks to impeccable “timing,” and then on the ensuing jump ball Dudley spun around to steal Bynum’s tap, an illegal move but one that seemed to confuse the refs more than anything.
“How about that jump ball?” Dudley asked reporters. “Sneaked that. Has anybody ever done that before? I know it’s illegal, but has anybody ever successfully done that?”
I can’t answer that one definitively, but I do know that Dudley scored a career-high-tying 19 points to make this his sixth game of 17 or more points this season after only scoring that much three times his entire career previously. He’s now 9-for-13 from three (69.2 percent) since LB returned three games ago, and he’s shooting a league-best and franchise-record 50.9 percent from behind the arc.
Dudley also knows how much this game meant to Suns fans.
“If you ask any fan of the Phoenix Suns, if you ask them what win they want the most it would be LA, and I’m glad we gave it to them,” Dudley said.
Look to the sky
Both Amare and Channing Frye missed dunks and Dudley successfully slammed one home, prompting Frye to crack, “Yeah, exactly. So somebody check the air for the flying pigs.”
Frye attempted 10 threes, but he also threw up a few pump fakes and drove to the hole, one of the “new little wrinkles” he has added to his game.
As for hitting just two of those 10 long balls?
“All of them felt good,” Frye said. “… I’m going to bet on myself that I won’t have too many more games like this, get that many open looks and miss.”
- Nash equaled or surpassed the opposition’s assist total for the seventh time this season in this one, tying the Lakers’ 13 dimes. The Suns, not surprisingly, are 7-0 in those contests.
- The Suns started 3-of-18 from three (including 3-of-15 at the half), but they finished by hitting nine of their final 15 (60 percent) to improve to 16-4 when nailing at least nine long balls.
- Phoenix won its second straight home game against the Lakers, but the Suns are just 2-6 against Los Angeles since the Pau Gasol trade.
- The Suns jacked up 88 shots, a sign that they did indeed control the pace. Gentry wants his team to take about 90 shots a game.