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Month-By-Month: March 2007
January 1, 2007
Brazilian natives Leandro Barbosa and Nene met up on March 30 as the Phoenix Suns hosted the Denver Nuggets.
As they had the night before, the Suns fell behind early despite 19 points, seven assists and six rebounds from Raja Bell.
Steve Nash lays it in for two of his 18 points. The two-time MVP also dished out 11 assists as Phoenix climbed back into the contest.
Kurt Thomas looks to get 'dirty' underneath the boards for Phoenix. In a starting role, the center grabbed 10 rebounds including four on the offensive end of the floor.
Forward Shawn Marion would prove to be the brightest Sun on the evening.
The Matrix finished the contest with a game-high 33 points along with nine rebounds, three steals and two blocks.
After pulling off the comeback, it appeared smooth sailing for Phoenix as they cruised to a 125-108 victory.
On March 29, the Phoenix Suns were hoping to complete a season sweep against the Golden State Warriors.
The Warriors, however, were fighting for their playoff lives and played like it in the early going.
In limited action, Steve Nash still managed a near double-double with 14 points and nine assists.
Even with the All-Star's efforts, the Suns still found themselves trailing big in the second half of play.
In the fourth quarter, the Suns bench sparked a remarkable comeback and cut what was once a 20-plus point lead to just six.
Time proved to be the enemy as despite a team-high 27 points from Leandro Barbosa, the bench came up just short in the 124-119 loss.
The Suns were looking for their third straight win at home when they hosted the Grizzlies on March 26.
A day after a fine outing in Sacramento, Amar
In limited action, the All-Star still managed a double-double with 27 points and 12 rebounds.
Raja Bell meanwhile provided some punch from outside the paint, the sharpshooter netting six-of-eight trifectas on his way to 29 points.
The inside-outside game combined with the speed of Leandro Barbosa helped the Suns pull away in the second half for a 105-87 victory.
On March 25, the Suns were looking to finish the season unbeaten against the Sacramento Kings.
Phoenix found themselves trailing early, despite another strong outing from Amar
The All-Star finished with another double-double, scoring 23 points and grabbing 11 boards.
Steve Nash scored 18 points and handed out nine assists, but the Suns still found themselves trailing in the closing seconds.
Shawn Marion got hot in the second half, but it was not enough as Phoenix fell in Sacramento, 107-100.
On March 22, the Suns played the first of back-to-back games against a division rival, the Sacramento Kings.
Prior to the contest, All-Star Amare' Stoudemie spent a moment chatting with troops.
Forward Shawn Marion lays it up for two during what would prove to be a close first half.
Steve Nash didn't wait long to get going in the contest and finished with 17 points and a game-high 16 assists.
Stoudemire also enjoyed a double-double with an incredible line of 33 points and 21 rebounds.
Boris Diaw enjoyed another solid performance overall finishing with a line of 15 points, 14 rebounds and three assists.
In the second half, the Suns pulled away behind their usual sharp shooting.
With Phoenix up big, reserves like point guard Marcus Banks had the chance to shine.
In the fourth quarter, the Phoenix Suns continued running on the Kings and finished the night with a 118-100 victory.
Sixth Man of the Year candidate Leandro Barbosa received the starting nod when the Suns played the Timberwolves on March 20.
A win over Kevin Garnett and Minnesota would mean a third-straight Pacific Division Championship for the organization.
Two-time MVP Steve Nash did his part as he contributed another double-double with 18 points and 11 assists.
Off the Phoenix bench, Boris Diaw was solid all around with 11 points, nine assists and six rebounds.
Forward James Jones also contributed off the Phoenix bench as the Wolves kept it close in the early going.
The third quarter of play belonged to Raja Bell, however, who finished with 16 of his team-high 22 points in the period.
With the Timberwolves vacant from the paint, Kurt Thomas took advantage by grabbing nine rebounds.
The 108-90 victory means the Suns will again enter the postseason as Pacific Division Champions.
The team will now face off against the Sacramento Kings in back-to-back contests on Thursday and Sunday.
A night after losing to the Pistons, the Suns were looking to rebound in Denver.
Whether it was due to the elevation or just tired legs, it was apparent early it just wouldn't be the Suns' night.
Steve Nash contributed 15 points and 10 assists, but the Suns stil entered halftime with a big deficit to overcome.
In the fourth, the Suns could only watch as the "Allen Iverson Show" continued, helping the Nuggets to a 131-107 victory.
On March 16, Trophy Guy took in a potential Finals preview as he watched the Suns take on the Pistons.
Like the Suns players, Suns fans also have their "Eyes On the Prize."
Following his MVP performance against the Mavericks, Steve Nash hopes the Suns can take out another contender in the Pistons.
After dominating in Dallas, Suns forward Amare Stoudemire looked to provide the same spark against Detroit.
Boris Diaw has some fun with the fans during pregame warmups.
Meanwhile, the captains for both the Suns and Pistons meet at midcourt.
Against stingy Detroit defense, Nash still managed to score 20 points while handing out six assists.
There to take in the contest was former Steeler runningback and Super Bowl Champion Jerome Bettis.
Stoudemire soars high to pull down one of his 15 rebounds.
The All-Star also managed to score a team-high 24 points as well.
Leandro Barbosa lays it up for two, but it wasn't enough as the Suns fell down the stretch and fell 105-83.
On March 14, the Suns were in Dallas for a big matchup against the Mavericks.
Forward Amare' Stoudemire missed last season's Western Conference Finals matchup against the Mavs, but is more than ready this season.
Also looking to get back to full strength, Boris Diaw talks strategy with Leandro Barbosa.
Eric Piatkowski and Sean Marks also get some treatment prior to the affair.
"The Brazilian Blur" prepares to show the national audience on ESPN why he is a lead candidate for Sixth Man of the Year.
Steve Nash meanwhile talks to the media about playing against his former team.
Prior to the game, Shawn Marion gets in some final stretches with strength-and-conditioning coach Erik Phillips.
The contest many feel could be a preview of the Western Conference Finals is finally underway.
Guard Raja Bell lays it in for two as Phoenix takes the early lead.
Tough Dallas defense in the second half put the Mavericks ahead in the game's final seconds.
Forward Shawn Marion was again in All-Star form, the Matrix coming up with a key offensive rebound down the stretch.
The rebound led to a clutch three-point shot by Nash which forced the first of two overtimes.
The two overtime sessions which would follow regulation proved just as nerve wracking for Suns fans.
Barbosa did his part, finishing the contest with 17 points and three assists off the bench before fouling out.
Stoudemire was dominant in the overtime sessions, the All-Star finishing with a game-high 41 points. The effort a key reason why the Suns were able to leave Big D with a Big W.
Following Phoenix's 129-127 victory, the two-time MVP says goodbye to Dallas.
March 12 began with forward Jalen Rose making a generous donation to the hospital of Rockets center Dikembe Mutumbo.
The night also saw a game being played between the Suns and Rockets.
It was a career night for Leandro Barbosa who matched his career-high with 32 points off the bench.
Forward Shawn Marion was also big, the All-Star contributing 14 points, 15 rebounds and three blocks.
Following the 103-82 Suns victory, Steve Nash caught up with Rockets All-Star Yao Ming. The two teams will meet again April 16 and possibly in the playoffs.
On March 9, the Hornets were in town looking to sting the Phoenix Suns.
It marked the second game back for Boris Diaw, the big man contributing 14 points, nine rebounds and five assists.
Raja Bell scored 17, but the Suns just couldn't seem to shake the pesky Hornets as the game remained close.
Shawn Marion looks to score two of his six points, the Matrix also grabbing 11 rebounds on the night.
Steve Nash enjoyed a double-double with 15 points and 10 assists as the game went down to the wire.
On March 7, the Phoenix Suns played host to the Charlotte Bobcats.
Suns fans were looking for their team to increase their current lead in the NBA's Pacific Division.
Steve Nash drops off a perfect pass to forward Amar
The two-time MVP finished the contest with 24 points and 11 assists.
Leandro Barbosa scored a career-high 32 points off the bench as Phoenix went on to win, 115-106.
On March 4, the Suns reunited with their arch-nemesis, the Los Angeles Lakers.
The game saw Shawn Marion return to the Phoenix lineup, the Matrix scoring 13 points and grabbing 12 boards.
Even with 23 points and 10 assists from Steve Nash, the Suns just couldn't seem to pull away early.
Always one to enjoy great games against Los Angeles, Leandro Barbosa came off the bench and scored 20 points.
March 2 was a big day in the Valley of the Suns as Trophy Guy made his way to Phoenix.
The day was also a tribute to Suns broadcaster Al McCoy, who was celebrating his 35th anniversary with the organization.
There was also a game to be played as Phoenix Suns faced the always-tough Indiana Pacers.
While nothing came easy, two-time MVP Steve Nash still managed 23 points and seven assists.
Just days after burning the Pacers in Indy, Amar
Center Pat Burke also reached double digits in scoring, finishing with 10 points as Phoenix went on to win, 115-90.