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Month-by-Month: April 2007
January 1, 2007
On April 18, the Phoenix Suns closed out the regular season against the division rival Los Angeles Clippers.
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While the Suns were locked into the Western Conference's number two seed, the Clippers were playing for their playoff lives.
Raja Bell scored 17 points and will end the season tied for the league lead in three-pointers made.
It was Leandro Barbosa leading all scorers in the contest with 22 off the bench.
Shawn Marion slams it home for two, but it isn't enough as the Suns fall, 99-103.
On April 16, the Suns were in Houston for a contest against the Rockets.
Two-time MVP Steve Nash enjoyed another double-double with 15 points and 15 assists.
Shawn Marion meanwhile scored 27 as the game remained close throughout the first half.
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With the Rockets battling for homecourt advantage in the playoffs, they pulled away late for a 120-117 victory over the Suns.
Playing their second game in as many nights, the Suns were in Utah on April 14 for a contest against the Jazz.
Shawn Marion slams it home for two of his 18 as the Suns grab a big lead early.
Behind 13 points and 18 assists from Steve Nash, a win never appeared doubtful as the Suns rolled, 126-98.
Phoenix is now just two victories shy of setting a new franchise mark for wins in a season with two games remaining.
It was a potential playoff preview when the Suns hosted the Lakers on April 13.
While the Suns played to secure the second seed in the Western Conference, the Lakers were fighting for their playoff lives.
Steve Nash was again in MVP form scoring 26 points while handing out 14 assists.
Amare' Stoudemire also enjoyed a double-double finishing with 15 points and 16 rebounds.
Phoenix, however, struggled from the field and shot a combined 38.2 percent.
While not the effort they'd have liked, the Suns were more than happy to earn a 93-85 win.
Forward James Jones received the starting nod when the Suns faced the Sonics on April 11.
Fellow frontcourt mate Amar
Leandro Barbosa resumed his role as sixth man and contributed 20 points for Phoenix.
In limited action, Steve Nash fell just short of a double-doube as the Phoenix Suns rolled to a 109-91 victory.
Make-A-Wish Foundation recipient Dallas Giles made it all the way from Australia to take in the victory. Giles suffers from a condition known as myotonic dystrophy and had the opportunity to meet the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday.
On April 8, the Suns were in Los Angeles for a matchup against the Lakers.
The contest between the two rivals served as a possible first-round playoff preview.
The Easter matchup was broadcast nationally on ABC.
Steve Nash wastes little time taking it inside for a quick two points.
Like Nash, All-Star Shawn Marion never hesitates to take advantage inside the paint.
Backcourt mates Nash and Raja Bell had plenty of reason to smile as the Suns pulled away late thanks in large part to their combined 47 points.
When not hitting one of his six three-pointers on the night, Bell also managed to keep himself busy by defending Lakers All-Star Kobe Bryant.
Following the contest, Phoenix's Amar
The Suns faced the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets on April 6.
Two-time MVP Steve Nash enjoyed yet another double-double with 15 points and 12 assists.
Forward Shawn Marion slams it home for two of his 20 points. The Matrix also managed to pull down 11 boards.
On April 5, the Phoenix Suns were in San Antonio for a matchup against the rival San Antonio Spurs.
No matter where he is, Suns Head Coach Mike D'Antoni is always able to locate a fan or two.
Prior to the contest, the head coaches from each ballclub wish each other luck.
The Spurs defense never seems to give up much, but Steve Nash still managed to score 20 points and hand out seven assists.
Forward Shawn Marion displays why he is a top cadidate for the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year Award.
Down the stretch, the defensive battle would ultimately go to the Spurs as they pulled away for a 92-85 victory.
Following their big victory over Dallas, the Suns were hoping to remain hot in Memphis on April 3.
As he did on Sunday, Steve Nash again looked like a league MVP scoring 15 points and handing out 17 assists.
Forward Shawn Marion was also on top of his game and finished with a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds.
Leandro Barbosa lays it in for two of his 24 points.
The Suns tipped off the month of April against none other than their arch-nemesis, the Dallas Mavericks.
Players as well as their families arrived early for the afternoon contest.
Whether it be for an early affair or an evening affair, center Kurt Thomas is always all smiles.
Games between the two rivals have become a fixture on national broadcasts for ESPN and ABC.
The contest meant a meeting between Steve Nash and his former teammate and good friend Dirk Nowitzki.
Suns fans were out in full force for the rematch of last season's Western Conference Finals.
The last time the two teams competed, the contest required two overtimes to be resolved.
The matchup at the US Airways Center is underway.
Getting the nod as a starter, Leandro Barbosa scored 29 points and helped Phoenix to an early lead.
Against his former team, Nash scored 23 points and handed out 11 assists.
Nash shoots over his good friend Nowitzki as the first half comes to an end.
Phoenix faithful hoped their beloved Suns would be able to keep up the intensity in the second half of play.
As expected, the Mavericks came out ready and were looking to put a stop to STAT's success.
Shawn Marion slams it home for two of his 20 points as the Suns increased their lead in the second half of play.
In the fourth quarter, forward James Jones provided the icing on the cake as the Suns pulled away for a 126-104 win.
The Suns trio of All-Stars hope to build on the victory and close the season out strong.