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2006 Playoffs: Suns-Lakers, Game 1
January 1, 2006
Suns All-Star Shawn Marion arrives at US Airways Center ready for Game 1 of the 2006 NBA Playoffs.
The Suns Dancers greeted fans at the doors of US Airways Center.
Suns Head Coach Mike D'Antoni shares a laugh with reporters in his office an hour before the game.
The Suns Wives held a book drive prior to Game 1, collecting thousands of books in support of the Suns' Read to Achieve initiative.
Nikoloz Tskitishvili and Eddie House get taped up for Game 1.
Injured Suns forward Amare Stoudemire hangs out with some of his teammates in the trainer's room, prior to the game.
Sidelined Suns center Kurt Thomas was also in attendance for the afternoon affair.
Suns guard/forward/center Boris Diaw relaxes before his NBA Playoff debut.
Suns defensive specialist Raja Bell talks basketball with ESPN Radio's Dr. Jack.
Veteran forward Tim Thomas hits the court for his first playoff guard as a Sun.
Suns guard James Jones stretches out before tip-off.
Al McCoy and Vinny Del Negro warm up the listening audience for KTAR radio.
STAT visits with Hall ff Fame big man Bob Lanier.
Bell accepts the NBA's Community Assist Award for the month of March.
The Suns line up as the group NEXT performs the National Anthem.
Phoenix favorite Cedric Ceballos was in playoff form during the Suns' official introductions.
The NBA's MVP Steve Nash hooks up with the High Five Kids during intros.
The Suns participate in their pre-game ritual before tip-off.
The Suns came out hot offensively, jumping out to a 10-point lead in the first quarter.
Marion got the crowd involved early, recording 10 points and six boards in the first half.
Bell D's up the Lakers' superstar in Game 1.
The Suns Dancers can always be counted on to put on a show for the Phoenix fans.
Tim Thomas hit all four of his first-half shots, including a pair of three-pointers.
Nash led the way with a team-high 13 points in the first half.
Suns managing partner Robert Sarver had reason to cheer as the Suns headed into halftime with a 58-50 lead.
After an impressive first half, the Suns managed just 17 points in the third quarter.
House puts up one of his patented jumpers.
Marion shoots over Bryant, his future Olympic teammate.
Diaw attempts to disrupt Bryant, who struggled to a 7-of-21 shooting night.
The Gorilla helps get fans revved up on his new motorcycle.
James Jones missed his only field goal attempt, but went four-for-four from the free throw line.
Coach D'Antoni asks for a little fight from his Suns, as the Lakers make a third-quarter push to get back in the game.
Tim Thomas led all Suns in scoring with 22 points and also contributed a career-high 15 rebouds.
Diaw recorded 15 points, six boards and four assists in his playoff debut.
Thomas and Bell deny Lamar Odom an easy two.
Nash handed out a game-high 10 assists.
The Suns talk things over following a time out.
Diaw shows off his versatility, going around his back as he drives on the Lakers' Luke Walton.
Lakers guard Smush Parker can only watch as Nash lays it in for two.
Two of the NBA's most versatile players, Marion and Odom, tangle in the paint.
Lakers Head Coach Phil Jackson questions a call late in the game.
Leandro Barbosa stepped up in the fourth quarter, scoring nine points for the Suns.
Thanks to a balanced scoring attack, Phoenix emerged victorious in the contest 107-102. They'll now head into Wednesday's affair with a 1-0 lead on the Lakers.
Fifteen lucky fans who donated books won an autographed jersey and a photo with one of the Suns.
Barbosa discusses the win with Suns vice president of basketball operations David Griffin.
Thomas' locker was a popular stop for reporters after the game.
Following the win, Nash takes questions in the post-game press conference.