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2006 Playoffs: Suns-Lakers, Game 2
January 1, 2006
Suns veteran Brian Grant, who missed Game 1 with stomach problems, catches a few minutes of the Mavs-Grizzlies game in the trainer's room.
Injured Suns center Kurt Thomas checks in with family before the game.
Suns guard Leandro Barbosa: "Hi Mom, I'm on Suns.com!"
Suns forward Shawn Marion and guard Eddie House chat in the trainer's room.
Suns assistant coach Marc Iavaroni draws up the gameplan for the Suns' big men.
Assistant coach Phil Weber warms up Suns shooter James Jones an hour before tip-off.
The Suns huddle up backstage, ready for Game 2.
Although the game was televised nationally on TNT, Phoenix fans got a chance to enjoy the commentary of Suns broadcasters Gary Bender and Dan Majerle on FSN AZ.
Suns Head Athletic Trainer Aaron Nelson assists The Matrix with some last-minute stretching.
Nelson and Head Coach Mike D'Antoni enjoy some pre-game laughs.
The Lakers may have Jack Nicholson and Denzel Washington, but they can't beat Ronald McDonald!
Former Suns Jackson Vroman and Scott Williams were spotted in the Courtside Club.
Suns rookie Dijon Thompson, out following microfracture surgery in March, is anxious for tip-off.
Sidelined Suns All-Star Amare Stoudemire soaks up the electricity in the air.
Nothin' But Net host Ced Ceballos gets the crowd fired up during the introduction of the Suns' starting lineup.
House high-fives his teammates during intros.
The NBA's MVP scored 15 points in the opening quarter.
Suns guard Raja Bell drew the defensive assignment of Kobe Bryant once again.
While Nash was hot from the start, the rest of the Suns combined for a woeful 2-of-13 shooting in the first quarter.
Kobe and Co. outscored the Suns by 13 in the second quarter, and held a 53-38 at halftime.
The Suns came out determined in the third quarter, holding the Lakers to 21 points.
Bell made the most of his game-high 45 minutes, shooting 8-for-15 from the field and 4-for-4 from the free throw line.
The Suns pulled to within three points in the fourth quarter.
Lamar Odom contributed a well-rounded 21 points, seven rebounds and five assists on the night.
Bell finished with a playoff career-high 23 points before fouling out late in the contest.
The Lakers bench disputes a call made by the officials.
Nash's team-high 29 point effort would come in a losing cause as Phoenix fell to Los Angeles 99-93.
The Suns will now head to Los Angeles with the series tied 1-1. Game 3 is scheduled for Friday night at the STAPLES Center.
Steve Nash again addressed the media following the contest, confident his Phoenix Suns will bounce back for Game 3.