Thunder notebook: Grant Hill held scoreless

BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Published: March 6, 2011

FROM 30 TO 0: GRANT HILL HELD SCORELESS

The last time Grant Hill played inside Oklahoma City Arena, he had 30 points and 11 rebounds. In the Thunder's 122-118 overtime victory Sunday night, Hill had zero points, five rebounds and four turnovers.

Asked what his team did differently against the 38-year-old Hill, Thunder coach Scott Brooks smiled and said: “We made him miss? Tonight, we were focusing to stay down on his shot fakes … because he's always been one of the best at drawing fouls.”

More likely the difference was Hill not looking to score nearly as much thanks to the Dec. 18 trade addition of Orlando players Vince Carter, Marcin Gortat and Mickael Pietrus, who did not play for the Suns last time they were in OKC.

Hill, who took just five shots, was able to focus defensively on scoring champ Kevin Durant, holding him to 18 points and 3-for-14 shooting from the field, which understandably had Suns coach Alvin Gentry singing Hill's praises afterward.

NASH ON THE RISE

Phoenix point guard Steve Nash had 11 points and 14 assists to pass Isiah Thomas for the No. 6 spot on the NBA career assist list.

“Sometimes, I don't know how he does it,” Brooks said. “He's ageless. He doesn't seem to lose anything. He just makes good plays, and he made it a tough night for us throughout.”

GAME CHANGER

Phoenix forward Channing Frye injured his right shoulder with 6:28 remaining in the fourth quarter and did not return. “I've just got to make sure I take care of it,” said Frye, who had 15 rebounds and 11 points to that point. “I hate not playing.”

DIPLOMATIC BEDLAM

Despite Bedlam basketball offering its worst matchup in 30-plus seasons, Gentry was diplomatic in his evaluation of the Oklahoma-Oklahoma State game on Saturday, when he and his players sat in a crowd of just 7,734 at Lloyd Noble Center.

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