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Suns Defeat Bulls, Earn 2000th Win
January 13, 2013
Markieff Morris and Luis Scola arrive at the United Center on Saturday, prior to a win over the Chicago Bulls that also turned out to be the Suns' 2,000th win in franchise history.
After being pointed in the right direction in the United Center, Suns forward Luke Zeller can begin preparing for Saturday's game.
Working before the players even arrive in the locker room, Suns equipment manager Jay Gaspar assigns lockers at the United Center.
Gaspar also set up the team's uniforms and warm-ups prior to the start of the team's win in Chicago on Saturday.
Suns forward Jared Dudley's jersey hangs in his locker prior to the team's 2,000th win in franchise history.
Hall of Fame center Ralph Sampson, a member of the Suns' Player Development staff, works the team out prior to a 97-81 win over the Bulls.
Luis Scola's consistent work ethic is part of the reason he was able to put up a team-high 22 points to help beat the Bulls.
Suns forward Michael Beasley and Player Development Coordinator Lindsey Hunter each go after a loose ball during warm-ups on Saturday.
Suns center Marcin Gortat focuses prior to the team's historic win in Chicago.
Name Those Kicks: these orange shoes belong to Gortat.
A sign of things to come: Beasley goes to the rim during his pregame workout. The forward contributed 20 points and six rebounds off the bench for Phoenix.
Suns Head Coach Alvin Gentry answers questions to the media before embarking upon Suns' history Saturday in Chicago.
A triumvirate of guards, Kendall Marshall, Shannon Brown and Sebastian Telfair (from left to right), head to the court to get things started for the Suns in Chicago.
After the Suns' starting lineup was announced, the team gathered together before tip-off at the United Center.
Shannon Brown looks for a way to get around Bulls' shooting guard Richard Hamilton.
Despite some good-looking form, point guard Goran Dragic struggled with his shot against the Bulls, but he found another way to be effective by collecting eight assists.
The Suns could sense their opportunity to defeat Chicago, end a five-game losing streak and earn the team's 2,000th win in franchise history.
Shannon Brown showed off a little of his athleticism, as he gets to the rim while Bulls' forward Carlos Boozer can only look on.
Gentry and Dragic each plead their case to the official.
A successful Beasley may have meant the difference in this Phoenix win, as the forward came off the bench to score 20 points in 21 minutes.
Suns backup center Jermaine O'Neal threw down this dunk for his lone field goal against Chicago.
Shannon Brown may have only scored 11 points, but he broke out of a shooting slump by connecting on 4-of-6 shots and on the one three-point attempt he had.
As this game against the Bulls wore on, the Suns could celebrate a few big moments as they inched closer to the historic 2,000-win plateau.
Gentry applauded the team's effort and effectiveness during the 16-point road victory on Saturday.
Scola wipes away the sweat from a hard-earned 22-point and seven-rebound performance.
Gortat was most effective patrolling the paint on Saturday, collecting 10 rebounds and two blocks against the Bulls.
The Suns center had a tough match up with Chicago center Joakim Noah, but he held his own by limiting Noah to 10 points on only 4-of-13 shooting.
Scola congratulates reserve forward Luke Zeller as the end of the contest neared on Saturday.
Despite not playing on Saturday due to an injury, forward Jared Dudley was able to celebrate the fact that the Suns became the fourth NBA franchise to reach the 2,000-win mark.
After the game ended and the lights dimmed, Suns forward P.J. Tucker remained to answer questions about the team's win in Chicago.