2007 Playoffs: Suns vs Lakers, Game 1
January 1, 2007
The Phoenix Suns opened the 2007 NBA Playoffs against their arch rival, the Los Angeles Lakers.
Last season, the two teams also opened up the postseason against one another.
Although Phoenix was without the services of Amar
Assistant coach Marc Iavaroni is definitely happy to have healthy big men playing in the post.
Head Coach Phil Jackson and the Lakers dropped their last three regular season contests against the Suns.
With six wins in their last seven meetings against the Lakers dating back to last season, Suns fans have plenty of reason to believe.
During pre-game interviews, Suns Head Coach Mike D'Antoni asks the media if they could have found a bigger mic.
Suns guard Raja Bell breaks down Game 1 with ESPN Radio's Dr. Jack Ramsey.
Veteran shooter Eric Piatkowski stretches after a pre-game workout.
Steve Nash receives treatment prior to the first playoff game against the Lakers.
A major factor during last season's playoffs, Boris Diaw hopes to again make an impact for the Suns in 2007.
Fans came to Game 1 ready to show off their orange pride.
Getting the nod as starter, forward James Jones is wished the best of luck by point guard Marcus Banks.
For Phoenix, the 2007 NBA Playoffs are finally underway.
The recipient of last year's Dan Majerle Hustle Award, Raja Bell takes a charge from Lamar Odom.
For Amare' Stoudemire, it marked his first playoff action since the 2005 Western Conference Finals.
Stoudemire goes to the floor for a loose ball.
Diaw looks to take advantage of a defensive mismatch in the early going.
Nash also looks to get going against the stingy Lakers defense.
While they didn't come easy, Nash still managed to score 20 points.
Suns fans know who they want for MVP.
Struggling to knock down their shots, the Suns trailed after the first quarter, 18-23.
Although the Lakers enjoyed the early lead, Suns fans did not allow the intensity level at the US Airways Center to lower.
Nash displays a little postseason emotion in the early going.
Bell also exhibits a little emotion, his coming from the Phoenix sideline.
A regular during last year's postseason, Cardinals quarterback Matt Leinart takes in Game 1 between the Suns and the Lakers.
Nash keeps the Suns close in the first half behind his smooth shooting.
Kobe Bryant scored the last 15 points of the first half for the Lakers.
In the second half, however, it would be Leandro Barbosa taking over the contest.
At one point, the "Brazilian Blur" scored 13-straight points for the Suns.
Barbosa made acrobatic moves part of his team-high 26 points.
Stoudemire meanwhile continued his solid play underneath the glass.
STAT pulled down 12 rebounds to go along with his 23 points.
Shawn Marion also saw success in the paint as the Suns began to mount a comeback.
The Matrix added 16 points to go along with his 16 rebounds.
Bell shoots from beyond the three-point arc as the Suns close a successful third quarter.
Nash gets one of his 10 assists with his eyes closed.
Lakers Head Coach Phil Jackson could only watch as the Suns climbed back and grabbed the lead.
Barbosa added five rebounds and an assist to his 26 points.
Phoenix fans had reason to be revved up as the Suns built on the lead.
Center Pat Burke also enjoyed the fourth quarter rally.
Phoenix outscored Los Angeles 21-10 in the fourth quarter.
Stoudemire scores over Lamar Odom for two as the Suns go on to win, 95-87.
Suns Dancers celebrate the Game 1 victory and hope to see similar results in Tuesday's Game 2.
Let the chant begin.
Immediately following the win, Barbosa is interviewed by ESPN.
In the locker room, Nash is congratulated by Jerry Colangelo.
For Stoudemire and center Kurt Thomas, it feels good entering the postseason healthy.
Nash talks to the media following the Game 1 victory.
Raja Bell discusses the defensive effort on Bryant as well as the win.
Stoudemire's locker is always a popular pit stop for reporters.
The "Brazilian Blur" has never been camera shy.
D'Antoni discusses what needs to be done if the Suns are to take a 2-0 series lead.
Not as happy with the game's final results, Jackson also met with the press.