FINAL: Suns 110-103
Kevin Garnett was missing alley-oops. Rasheed Wallace and Eddie House were missing threes. And now that “0” is missing from the loss column next to Boston in the standings.
Jason Richardson had 33 points, making 6 of 7 three-pointers, and Steve Nash hit a crucial three with 50.9 seconds remaining to put the game out of reach as the Phoenix Suns (5-1) handed the Celtics (6-1) their first loss of the season.
The Celtics shot 51.7 percent for the game but failed to lock in defensively, allowing the Suns to hit 54.2 percent of their shots from the field and 13 of 24 three-pointers. The Celtics allowed 100 points to an opponent for the first time this year, a sign that the Suns are a dominant offensive team and that the Celtics have tired legs after playing three games in four days.
Back with more from the Garden in a bit.
50.9 fourth quarter, Suns 107-100
Steve Nash hits a three-pointer that silences the crowd. Timeout, Celtics.
59.9 fourth quarter, Suns 104-100
Paul Pierce and Rasheed Wallace both missed three-pointers, Wallace throwing his headband in disgust after his misfire. Celtics miss a chance to cut it to one.
2:41 fourth quarter, Suns 103-98
The Suns are the first opponent the Celtics have allowed over 100 points in seven games. Phoenix is averaging 111.3 points per game on the season.
4:37 fourth quarter, Suns 98-94
Rajon Rondo with a big rebound and follow but misses the and-one.
7:54 fourth quarter, Suns 96-85
The Celtics trail by 11 for the second time in the game, but this time they’re running out of experimentation time. Paul Pierce and KG are back in for one final push.
10:10 fourth quarter, Suns 93-85
An 8-2 run to start the fourth quarter has the Suns in control and the home crowd quiet.
END third quarter, Suns 85-83
If the Celtics are going to stay perfect, they’re going to have to come back for the first time this season at home. The Suns have made 10 of 17 three-pointer in an attempt to pull the “upset”. All five Celtics starters are in double-figures, led by Kevin Garnett with 22 points. Jason Richardson leads all scorers with 25.
3:54 third quarter, Suns 83-75
Charge/block calls are the story of this third quarter. And they have all gone against the Celtics. Steve Nash just drew a charge on Paul Pierce, but the replay showed Nash was sliding his feet and out of position.
The Celtics are shooting 60 percent in this game and trail by eight points.
5:19 third quarter, Suns 78-71
Jason Richardson just hit his fifth three-pointer. In five attempts.
6:42 third quarter, Suns 73-67
Marquis Daniels made the same play as Nash, but Daniels was called for the block. Have to call it consistently. Jason Richardson made 1 of 2 free throws.
8:59 third quarter, Suns 67-61
Ray Allen made a great play on defense to start a fast break, but Steve Nash took a charge on Allen, drawing Ray’s fourth foul of the game. Allen was replaced by Marquis Daniels.
HALFTIME, Suns 57-51
In danger of falling behind by double-digits at the break, the Celtics finished the second quarter on a 14-9 run and trail by six points at the half.
Some scuffling at the end of the half there as Kendrick Perkins got into it with a couple of Suns players. Double-technicals were called on Perkins and Phoenix’s Channing Frye.
The Suns, who shot 61 percent in the first quarter, were just 9 of 23 in the second.
3:33 second quarter, Suns 48-41
The Celtics were briefly down by 11, but baskets by Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce led to a quick Suns timeout. The Suns are in control of this game a the moment — smart to take a timeout there to prevent the Celtics from getting any momentum.
5:20 second quarter, Suns 44-36
The Suns are on a 7-2 run and have opened up their largest lead of the game. Is this the night the Celtics record their first loss of the season?
8:49 second quarter, Suns 37-34
OK so the Suns are down to 54 percent. Former BC star Jared Dudley has five points for Phoenix off he bench.
END first quarter, Suns 29-27
The Celtics have yet to figure out how to stop the Suns, despite Tom Thibodeau standing and yelling from the bench on several occasions. Phoenix is shooting an absurd 61 percent from the floor, including 4 of 5 from three. Jason Richardson had 14 points in the quarter. Kevin Garnett led the Celtics with 10 points.
2:58 first quarter, Suns 22-21
Amar’e Stoudemire just picked up his second personal foul setting a pick for Steve Nash. Stoudemire was not pleased.
4:11 first quarter, Suns 19-18
Steve Nash just took advantage of Rajon Rondo going underneath a screen, stepping back and nailing a three-pointer. The Boston big men have to hedge and allow Rondo to get out there, because Nash can bury that shot.
7:24 first quarter, Suns 11-9
Lots of scoring here early. Best matchups to watch are Nash-Rondo and Stoudemire-Garnett. This one’s going to be fun.
Glad this game is starting at 7:30. Knicks fans have to wait until 8 p.m. to watch LeBron drop 40 on their team.