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2007 Playoffs: Suns @ Lakers, Game 3
January 1, 2007
Suns veteran Kurt Thomas makes his way to the team bus for a ride to STAPLES Center and Game 3 of the 2007 NBA Playoffs.
All-Star center Amare Stoudemire stops to sign autographs for a couple of Suns.com fans.
On April 26, the Suns and the Lakers were in Los Angeles for Game 3 of their Opening Round series.
Amare' Stoudemire and the Suns were hoping to follow up their red-hot performance from Game 2 in Phoenix.
Doing so would give Phoenix a commanding 3-0 lead in the series.
Enter the Matrix.
Suns alumni, Tim Kempton and Mark West, share a laugh before Game 3.
TNT's colorful commentator Craig Saeger catches Suns coach Mike D'Antoni as he enters STAPLES Center.
Assistant coach Dan D'Antoni rebounds for his protege, Leandro Barbosa, an hour before tip-off.
Forward/center Boris Diaw stretches while watching the Orlando-Detroit game on the locker room big screen.
Suns Head Coach Mike D'Antoni meets the media before Game 3.
Steve Nash and Shawn Marion are ready for Game 3.
Raja Bell flies by Kobe Bryant as the Suns enjoy the lead early on.
Stoudemire also enjoyed success inside the paint during Phoenix's big first quarter.
Bell enjoyed the Suns' 14-point lead after the first quarter.
Forward Shawn Marion soars high for a rebound over Lakers forward Lamar Odom.
As is always the case in Los Angeles, the stars were shining at the STAPLES Center.
Steve Nash looks to pass as the Suns took a 51-48 lead at the half.
Nash splits Lakers defenders as the first half comes to an end.
The second half of play would prove to be a much different story for the Suns.
The Lakers are never out of a contest when they've got a scorer like Bryant.
Los Angeles proved that in the second half behind Bryant's game-high 45 points.
Nash hopes the Suns can weather the storm in the third quarter.
Nash had 10 points and 13 assists in the land of the giants.
Off the Phoenix bench, Boris Diaw scored eight points and pulled down three rebounds.
Stoudemire also makes his presence felt under the boards, leading the Suns with 10 rebounds.
Boris Diaw is tripped up by the Lakers Luke Walton.
STAT dunks for two of his team-high 24 points, but the Suns still found themselves trailing late.
The All-Star hit 11 of his 17 field goal attempts.
He also blocked two shots in Game 3.
Leandro Barbosa finished with 20 points including a big three-pointer down the stretch.
Barbosa's effort nor tthe Suns' orange uniforms could save this road game, however, as Phoenix fell, 89-95.
Stoudemire says the Suns need to develop their killer instinct.