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Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Game 59: Celtics vs. Suns

By Greg Payne

(43-15, 25-5 home)     -- vs. --     (31-27, 14-14 away)
at TD Garden, 7:30 p.m. | CSN, WEEI (850 AM)

PAYNE'S THREE THINGS TO WATCH
GAME PREVIEW (via Stats Inc.)
Channing Frye's second straight game-winning shot kept the Phoenix Suns surging toward playoff position in the Western Conference.

Frye was also a major factor in the Suns' first meeting of the season with the Boston Celtics -- but for an entirely different reason than timely offense.

Frye and the Suns head to TD Garden for Wednesday night's rematch of their physical January victory over the Celtics -- their third straight win in the series.

After hitting a jumper as time expired to beat Indiana 110-108 in overtime Sunday, Frye stepped up again Monday in a thrilling 104-103 OT win over New Jersey. His 3-pointer with 6.6 seconds remaining in the extra period lifted Phoenix to its season-best fifth road victory in a row.

"This is extremely humbling," he said. "To be honest I'm not really nervous about the last-second shot. We got a win that we really needed. We just need to play better at the end of the games."

Phoenix, though, has played well enough to win 11 of 14 and move into contention for a playoff berth. The Suns have won four in a row overall -- one shy of tying their season high -- and extended their longest road win streak of the season to five Sunday.

Read the full preview HERE.