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2007 Playoffs: Suns vs Lakers, Game 2
January 1, 2007
Hoping to take a 2-0 lead in the series, the Suns hosted the Lakers again on April 24.
As they were in Game 1, Suns fans came to the affair in full force.
While Prince may not have been among those in attendance, fans were still hoping to see a little "purple reign."
Steve Nash arrives for Game 2.
Big men Kurt Thomas and Amar
Ronald McDonald thinks a 2-0 lead would definitely be a thumbs up.
For players like Sean Marks and Pat Burke, the weight room is a regular stop before games.
Boris Diaw receives treatment before heading to the court.
The brother of Leandro Barbosa, Arturo, spends a minute with Suns Vice President of Basketball Operations, David Griffin.
Suns Head Coach Mike D'Antoni is confident the Suns will pick up in Game 2 where they left off in Game 1.
D'Antoni discusses what Phoenix will need to do to earn a victory.
Phoenix Mercury GM and Suns VP Ann Meyers Drysdale talks with game officials as players begin to take the court.
Center Kurt Thomas gets in some stretching.
Prior to tip-off, Leandro Barbosa was presented with the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year Award.
Barbosa receives his Sixth Man Award from a previous winner, Eddie Johnson.
Lakers All-Star Kobe Bryant hopes to help his team even the series.
With Game 3 in Los Angeles, the Suns were hoping to take advantage of the home cooking in Game 2.
D'Antoni gives some final instructions to his players.
Stoudemire wasted no time in getting it going inside.
In the first half, Nash had 11 assists and zero turnovers.
Boris Diaw added six first half points and two rebounds.
Shawn Marion contributed 13 points in the first half and finished with 18 overall.
The "Brazilian Blur" celebrated his honor with 17 first half points of his own.
Nash congratulates LB on a job well done.
Stoudemire blocked three first half shots including this rejection on Luke Walton.
Owner Robert Sarver reacts to a big first half.
D'Antoni and Nash compare notes on the way to a big 21-point first half lead.
In the second half, the two-time MVP picked up exactly where he left off.
Nash and Stoudemire are all smiles as the Suns continue to pull away.
Stoudemire returns to the block party, and finished with four for the contest.
STAT slams it home for two of his 20 points as the third quarter comes to an end.
Diaw finished with eight points and four rebounds.
Barbosa finished with 26 points for the second game in a row.
Barbosa sets up Marion with a final dunk in the fourth quarter.
The Lakers got a scare mid-way through the fourth quarter when Bryant twisted his ankle and hit the floor. The All-Star would return.
A 30-point deficit did not leave the Lakers with much optimism on the bench.
Pat Burke sees his first playing time of the 2007 NBA Playoffs.
Eric Piatkowski is the last of all 12 Suns players to score.
Nash enjoys the big Suns lead from the bench in the second half.
Raja Bell also enjoyed some rest in the second half as the Suns rolled to a 126-98 victory.
The Suns team is all smiles as they have their first 2-0 playoff series lead over the Lakers in franchise history.
Stoudemire gives high fives to fans as he exits the court.
Following the contest, Marion discusses the win with reporters.
James Jones also discusses the victory as the team prepares to leave for Los Angeles.
Barbosa scored a team-high 26 points for the second-straight contest.
Stoudemire has already turned his focus to what should be an entertaining Game 3 in Los Angeles.