The Skinny: Already playing without Kris Humphries, Jerry Stackhouse and Mirza Teletovic, the Nets received another injury blow when Gerald Wallace was fouled hard on a dunk attempt in the opening minutes by Suns? forward P.J. Tucker and forced to go to the locker room. He suffered bruised ribs and would not return. Phoenix started ice cold from the field from but started making shots as the quarter progressed and led by four after one.
After tying the game early in the second quarter, the Nets fell behind by six, as Shannon Brown and the Suns? reserves orchestrated a 9-2 run. Brooklyn was able to consistently get to the charity stripe and knock down free-throws to keep the game close. But the Suns increased their lead to 11 by attacking the rim and cleaning up on the glass. Phoenix shot 55 percent from the field and scored nearly half of their points in the paint in the first half to lead by seven at the break.