2006 NBA Playoffs: Suns-Lakers, Game 4
January 1, 2006
Amare Stoudemire and company were greeted at the team bus by a handful of Phoenix fans.
Suns center Pat Burke exits the team hotel with a double latte.
Suns forward/French model Boris Diaw signs an autograph.
The NBA's reigning MVP, Steve Nash, heads for the team bus.
Pat Burke, Brian Grant and Nash await the bus trip from the hotel to the STAPLES Center.
The Suns arrive at Staples Center early Sunday morning, ready for the nationally televised game.
Suns guard Raja Bell inserts his inserts in the visitors locker room.
The Staples Center saw a number of Phoenix fans in attendance for Game 4.
Coach and STAT trade notes before Game 4.
Veteran forward Brian Grant gets his ankles taped up before the game.
Suns broadcaster Vinny Del Negro watches the Lakers' warm-up with legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
A serious Suns coaching staff awaits the pre-game introductions.
The Matrix is focused for Game 4.
Former Clippers head coach, current Suns assistant visits with longtime Lakers fan Jack Nicholson.
An anxious Nash stretches as he awaits tip-off of Game 4.
James Jones earned his first career playoff start in Game 4.
Boris Diaw once again drew the formidable assignment of matching up against the Lakers' big man Kwame Brown.
Raja Bell slows down Kobe Bryant as the Lakers' guard looks to dish off.
Pressure from Nash was a big reason Smush Parker went scoreless in the early going of Game 4.
LB takes it hard to the paint en route to his six points in the game.
Nash scored 22 points and handed out 11 assists on the afternoon.
Whenever his teammates couldn't get open, the reigning NBA MVP had no trouble taking it to the hoop himself.
Tim Thomas shook off his sprained knee to contribue 12 points and seven boards in Game 4.
Diaw, who is expected to be named the NBA's Most Improved Player, contributed 21 points, eight boards and seven assists.
Marion records his first double-double of the series with 20 points and 12 boards before fouling out in the fourth quarter.
An animated D'Antoni argues a call late in regulation.
Diaw and Nash talk things over after the Lakers force overtime.
The Suns played Bryant tough, but the Lakers' All-Star scored 24 points, including a game-winning jumper at the buzzer.
Bryant pulls up for the game-winning jumper.
The Suns left the STAPLES Center floor stunned, but head home where they will attempt to get back into the series in Game 5 on Tuesday.