Suns (Channing) Frye the Nets in overtime

Channing Frye

FryeFor the second straight game, Channing Frye hit the game-winning shot for the Phoenix Suns, this time a three-pointer with 6.6 seconds left in overtime to lift the Suns to a victory at the New Jersey Nets.

It was only Frye’s second career game-winning shot, with both coming in the last two days. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Frye is just the sixth player since the 2005-06 season to make two game-winning field goals with under 10 seconds remaining in consecutive games.

He is the first since Manu Ginobili did so this season against the Milwaukee Bucks and Denver Nuggets. Of the six players who have accomplished the feat, Frye is the only one to have both game-winning field goals come in overtime.

Most Assists First 3 Games With Team
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While Frye stole the final number, it was Deron Williams who was the star of the show in his home debut for the Nets.

Williams recorded 18 assists, giving him 47 over his first three games with New Jersey. That's an NBA record for the most assists by a player in his first three games with a team, passing Guy Rodgers who had 44 in his first three games with the Bulls.

It's already the second time in three games with New Jersey Williams has registered at least 17 assists; in 439 career games with the Jazz, Williams recorded eight such games.

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The Chicago Bulls won their 41st game, matching their win total from last season. They are the fifth team this season to match last year’s win total.

Blake Griffin

GriffinBlake Griffin recorded his 39th 20-point, 10-rebound game this season, currently the league leader in this category. If Griffin records another 20-point, 10-rebound game he will become the first player since Shaquille O'Neal to have at least 40 such games in their rookie season.

O'Neal had 52 such games during the 1992-93 campaign, but did not lead the league. According to the Elias Sports Bureau you have to go all the way back to Elvin Hayes for the San Diego Rockets in 1968-69 to find the last rookie to lead the league in 20-point, 10-rebound games.

The only other rookie in the shot clock era to have led the league in 20-point, 10-rebound games was Wilt Chamberlain, who did so with 71 such games during the 1959-60 season.