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Month-by-Month: April 2006
January 1, 2006
Coming off their win over the Hornets, the Suns traveled to Portland on April 19 hoping to close out the regular season with a victory over the Blazers.
Hoping to maintain their sharp shooting, Suns starters like Shawn Marion received extended minutes in the contest.
MVP Steve Nash took advantage of his extended minutes, logging a triple-double with 16 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds.
Leandro Barbosa also got the nod as a starter, scoring 8 points while dishing out 7 assists.
Off the Phoenix bench, Pat Burke chipped in six - two of which came off an impressive tip-in slam.
Shawn Marion had plenty of reason to smile as Phoenix emerged victorious in the contest 106-96. They'll now gear up for the playoffs and their first round opponent, the Los Angeles Lakers.
In their final home game of the regular season, Steve Nash and the Phoenix Suns took on the New Orleans/ Oklahoma City Hornets.
After missing two games, guard Raja Bell came out firing and netted five shots from beyond the arc.
As a whole, the Suns made a season-high 20 shots from three-point land, including a four-for-four night from Leandro Barbosa.
The Suns closed out their last regular season contest at the US Airways Center in style on April 18, winners over the Hornets 115-78.
As is often the case in Los Angeles, the stars were in attendance on April 16 when the Lakers took on the Suns at the STAPLES Center.
With MVP Steve Nash and Raja Bell again sitting the contest out, players like Leandro Barbosa were able to receive extended minutes.
As he has all season, Eddie House came off the Phoenix bench to provide some much-needed offensive punch.
Tim Thomas scored seven points, but it wasn't enough as Phoenix fell to Los Angeles for the first time this season 109-89.
With their backcourt resting on the bench, the Phoenix Suns headed to Golden State on April 14 to take on the Warriors.
Starting for Steve Nash, point guard Leandro Barbosa scored 20 points.
Brian Grant also got the start for Phoenix and provided a strong presence in the paint.
All-Star Shawn Marion led all Suns players in scoring with 31 points.
Coming off the win over Dallas, the Suns fell to the Warriors in Golden State 110-102.
On April 13 Steve Nash was again reunited with his former team, the Dallas Mavericks.
Behind their incredibly hot shooting, Phoenix jumped ahead of Dallas early on.
All-Star Shawn Marion led all Suns in scoring, finishing the contest with 29 points.
Leandro Barbosa pitched in six points as the Suns emerged the 117-104 victors at the US Airways Center.
In a possible playoff preview, the Phoenix Suns headed to Sacramento on April 11 for a matchup against the red-hot Kings.
Finding himself in foul trouble early, No. 13 Steve Nash still found a way to score 13 points while dishing out 13 assists.
All-Star Shawn Marion was also a key contributor, scoring 23 points and pulling down eight boards.
Heading into halftime, the Phoenix Suns found themselves down in one of the league's toughest basketball environments.
Behind 25 points from guard Raja Bell, the Suns mounted a comeback, defeating the Kings 123-110.
On April 9, the Phoenix Suns headed north to Seattle for a matchup against the SuperSonics.
Off the bench, Eddie House scored seven points while handing out three assists.
Leandro Barbosa was also strong off the bench scoring 16 points.
Head Coach Mike D'Antoni alerts the officials that the SuperSonics have one man too many on the court.
Raja Bell led the Suns in scoring with 23 points but it wasn't enough as Phoenix fell to Seattle 116-114.
Hoping to snap their frustrating two-game slide, the Phoenix Suns welcomed the Lakers to the US Airways Center on April 7.
MVP Steve Nash got Phoenix off to a fast start, finishing the contest with 25 points and eight assists.
Guard Raja Bell also looked to get teammates involved in the early going, finishing with 12 points and five assists on the night.
Boris Diaw enjoyed another double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds.
The all-around effort by Phoenix helped them earn a 107-96 victory over Los Angeles.
The Suns and Clippers met on April 5 in what was a matchup between the top two teams in the NBA's Pacific Division.
Suns guard Raja Bell was on fire in the opening period and was a key to their early lead over Los Angeles.
Leandro Barbosa was again brilliant off the Phoenix bench, finishing the contest with 19 points.
The defensive efforts of forward Shawn Marion just weren't enough as the Suns fell to the Clippers 119-105.
In a battle between two of the league's best point guards, the Suns went to Detroit on April 3 for a contest against the Pistons.
Suns guard Raja Bell was on fire at the start of the contest, hitting shots from every location on the court.
Brian Grant proved to be a factor, making things tough for Detroit's big men inside the paint.
Boris Diaw contributed in a number of ways, finishing the game with 16 points, five rebounds and five assists.
Leandro Barbosa also finished in double digits, but it wasn't enough as Phoenix fell to Detroit 109-102.