Frye Nails Game Winner, Suns Defeat Pacers In OT, 110-108

Channing Frye delivered in the clutch, hitting a long-range two pointer to seal the victory over the Indiana Pacers on Sunday afternoon. The Suns moved to three games over .500 for the first time this season.

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Suns Push To Three Games Above .500 Behind Frye's Game-Winner

Here they go again. This season is starting to bring about a bit of deja vu. Last year's team severely underachieved in the winter months only to go on a huge tear post All-Star break, en route to finishing 54-28 and third in the Western Conference playoff seeding. Can this year's team go on a similar streak?

Probably not to that degree, but they're starting things out right, with three straight wins after the All-Star game and their first two of a six-game road swing. Grant Hill led all scorers with 34 points and grabbed nine rebounds, center Marcin Gortat notched his second straight 17/11 game, Jared Dudley came off the bench for 15 points, and Steve Nash distributed 13 assists to only two turnovers.

Newcomer Aaron Brooks had a forgettable debut, with three points and one assist in only 10 minutes, unfortunately leaving Nash to play 43 minutes in the first of back-to-back games. But, being a day game, Steve will hopefully be able to recharge before Monday night's game against the New Jersey Nets and Deron Williams, their new star point guard.

The Suns led for most of the first half before -- as has become common for the team -- they allowed the Indiana Pacers to pull things close in the fourth quarter, ultimately leading to overtime. Channing Frye, he full of Pacers hatred, sank a long two-pointer at the buzzer to lift Phoenix to a dramatic 110-108 win.

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Suns Meet Pacers For Brunch-Time Game

The Phoenix Suns take their undefeated, post-All-Star record into Indianapolis to face the Indiana Pacers. The Pacers are 26-31 on the season and hold the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. The Suns at 29-27 are tenth in the West which just proves that while a few stars might have headed East, the West still has far more depth.

The Pacers are 9-4 under new head coach Frank Vogel but are coming off a home loss to the Utah Jazz. That's the same Utah Jazz team who lost last night to the Detroit Pistons (22-39) and who's only win since February 7 came in Indiana.

Indiana is still lead by dynamic wing Danny Granger (20 points per game) but have very little depth beyond that. Point guard Darren Collison gives them 13 points and five assists and center Roy Hibbert is the only other Pacer player of note. Hibbert started the season strong but had a horrible stretch in January but has since bounced back to being a 15 point per game scorer.

Fortunately, the Suns best defensive players match up with two of the Pacer's three top scorers and their fourth threat, Mike Dunleavy, is sidelined with a broken thumb. Bottom line, this is a game the Suns should be able to win with defense.

Aaron Brooks, the back up point guard traded this week for Goran Dragic, will make his debut in today's game. Dragic played his first game with the Houston Rockets in their win over the Nets last night. He had six points in 10 minutes.

This is the second game of the Suns current  six-game road trip. They play tomorrow in New Jersey on the only back-to-back set of the trip.

Today's game tips off at 10 a.m. local time and will be broadcast in Phoenix on My45 TV. Fans can follow along with the live game thread at Bright Side of the Sun

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