Throwback Thursday: The Frye Guy beats the overtime buzzer, Pacers

On social media sites, Thursdays have turned into Throwback Thursdays. People post old pictures on their Instagram, Twitter or Facebook accounts every Thursday to showcase a special moment from the past. ValleyoftheSuns has decided to join the craze and bring Suns fans some of the most memorable moments, good or bad, in the team’s history. This week, we go not too far back to recount one of the few bright spots from a year ago.

Date: Feb. 27, 2011

Place: Bankers Life Fieldhouse

Set-up: Hanging on for their postseason lives, the Phoenix Suns began the day a game-and-a-half back of the Memphis Grizzlies for the No. 8 spot in the Western Conference. Overall, February was a rather kind month to Steve Nash, Grant Hill and the rest of the Suns’ squad. Heading into its non-conference clash with the Indiana Pacers, Phoenix had won two in a row and seven of its first 10 games to begin the month.

And, the Sunday afternoon seemed to play right into the Suns’ hands — at least for the first three-plus quarters.

Steve Nash recorded his usual double-double (10 points and 12 assists) and Grant Hill scored a season-high 34 points, but following a pair of Marcin Gortat buckets with a little over five minutes to play, Phoenix went cold as ice.

Taking advantage of nine straight empty possessions by the Suns, the Pacers reeled off a 9-0 run to take a 99-96 lead with 1:02 remaining. Hill responded, tying the game up with 43 seconds remaining on a three-point shot, and the back-and-forth affair would be settled in overtime after both Jeff Foster and Danny Granger failed to convert on game-winning jump shot opportunities in the waning moments.

In overtime, Hill scored the first seven points, but the lead would be short-lived for Phoenix.

The Pacers would go on to score nine of the extra session’s next 11 points, capped off by Josh McRoberts’ game-tying, three-point play with 23 seconds to go. On the play, Channing Frye was whistled for the costly personal foul, but the former Arizona standout would get the last laugh.

The Shot: After calling a timeout following McRoberts’ And-1 conversion, the Suns whittled down the game clock to under four seconds. Unable to get a quality look, head coach Alvin Gentry decided to use the team’s final 20-second timeout — a move that would prove both wise and fruitful.

On the ensuing possession, Hill inbounded the ball to Nash from the far baseline. The two-time MVP caught the pass a few feet above the top of the key and quickly swung the ball over to Frye, who was standing free-throw line extended on the other side of the arc.

In one fluid movement, Frye pump-faked to get Granger up in the air and then fired away as time expired. The 23-foot jumper hit nothing but net, giving the Suns an exhilarating 110-108 overtime victory over the Pacers.

Aftermath: Directly following the Suns’ two-point win in Indianapolis, Frye played the hero again, nailing a three-point shot with 6.6 seconds to play in an overtime victory against the New Jersey Nets. But the late-game heroics would be few and far between for Phoenix after its pair of instant road classics.

The Suns dropped nine of 14 games in the month of March and in the process saw their playoff hopes fall by the wayside. Phoenix finished the 2010-11 campaign with a record of 40-42, good for No. 10 in the Western Conference.

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  • BCrayZ

    Fryer may well be the x factor vs. Indy.

    This “Throw back Thursday” game completed a season sweep for our Suns.

    Next year, with Gogi still in Houston, Suns swept the Pacers again. Frye was a big part of those wins also. Year after that was last year. Last year Gogi was back. Indy, like a lot of teams, had their way with us, sweeping the Suns. Don’t blame Frye. His heart condition had him sit out the entire year. This year, Frye is back & was by far & away a game high plus 29 (+/-) for the game. Suns just now completed another season series sweep of Indy. Some on this site do not give Frye respect for what he brings to the team. Instead of appreciating his positives, they harp on rebounding, his weak spot. With rebounding being a ream-wide problem area for the Suns, particularly when going up against some of the league’s best, the Suns came through with 56 boards in tonight’s game. They fought Indy, the best defensi

  • BCrayZ

    They fought Indy, the NBA’s best defensive rebounding team, to a 56-56 standstill, dead even. Who was the Sun’s leading rebounder in the game? Some of you may be surprised to learn it was none other than Channing Frye. This game was also the 6th game in 7, since Barbosa came back from a separated shoulder injury, that has been won by our Suns. LB will play even better (best shooting % for the team in the game since some fool who goes by E.B.J.M. likes to use a small sample size when it fits his ridiculous argument to slur our “Blur”) when he gets more playing time with Frye & Gogi. Make it so Jeff.

    MUST start & ALSO finish with LB. Let’s go SUNS!!!!

  • BCrayZ

    Typo city in comment #2. That plus 29 by Frye was in our home game.