If there has ever been a more dominating performance by a Suns’ player than Amar’e Stoudemire’s last night at Conseco Fieldhouse, I’d like to see it. I saw Tom Chambers light up his former Seattle teammates for 60 points in 1990 (and Golden State for 56 a couple weeks prior). I watched Sir Charles destroy the Warriors with 56 in a playoff series-clinching win in 1994. I saw Tony Delk and Clifford Robinson each drop 50 on a hot night. I’ve remember our own Eddie Johnson lighting up the Clippers for 43 in the 2nd half at the LA Sports Arena. And with all due respect to those players and their outstanding efforts, what STAT did to the Indiana Pacers last night was the most impressive and dominant individual offensive performance in Phoenix Suns history – maybe Arizona sports history.
Stoudemire made his first 10 FG attempts en route to a 27-point first half. The Pacers through the kitchen sink at him (Jeff Foster, Roy Hibbert, Troy Murphy and Danny Granger all took turns) and yet he might as well have been playing NBA Live on his PS3 – he hit jumpers, floaters, driving layups and, of course, posterizing dunks. His final stat line looks like a typo:
- 49 Points
- 17/21 Field Goals (3 of his 4 misses were rushes at the shot clock buzzer)
- 15/15 Free Throws (STAT missed 7 FTs in his 50 point game vs Portland in ‘05)
- 6 Assists (would you pass if you were in this kind of zone?)
- Add 5 steals and 2 blocks just for good measure and you have the NBA equivalent of a no-hitter or a perfect QB rating.
Beyond the numbers, Amar’e read the game and responded accordingly. Translation: he provided the Suns what they needed when they needed it. Matt Barnes was on his way back to Phoenix for the impending birth of his baby twins, Shaq was in foul trouble, so Indiana enjoyed an 8-point lead until late in the 3rd quarter despite STAT’s dominance. Then the following sequence unfolded:
- Amar’e blocked a Danny Granger shot at one end, then ran the floor and dunked at the other (IND up 6)
- After an LB 3 (IND up 3), STAT stole a pass then fed Boris Diaw for a layup (IND up 1 – Timeout Pacers!)
- Amar’e feeds LB for another 3 (PHX up 2)
- After another steal, Stat feeds Grant Hill for a layup (PHX up 4 – lights out!)
- In a span of a minute and a half, Stoudemire had a hand in every possession on both ends of the court in a 12-0 Suns run.
And to top it off, check this YouTube link in which Tom Leander sounds like Nostradamus. Or you can join us on MY45 HD Friday night for the Suns / Bulls game. I’m sure we’ll have a few Amarediculous highlights to show.