2010 Playoffs Suns vs Blazers Game 1 April 18 2010
April 18, 2010
Amar'e Stoudemire enjoys a moment before the Suns' first round playoff matchup against Portland on April 18.
Suns forward Grant Hill talks with NBA Entertainment in the Suns' Clubhouse.
The Suns huddle before heading for the court.
Steve Nash leads the Suns onto the court prior to the game.
The Suns warm up for their first playoff game in two years.
Jared Dudley receives the Dan Majerle Hustle Award for 2009-10.
The Suns lineup for the National Anthem.
Hill is looking for the first playoff series victory of his NBA career.
The Suns Gorilla gets the crowd going.
The tip-off for Game 1.
Nash and Stoudemire started off with their signature pick and roll.
Amar'e throws one down early in the game.
Jarron Collins takes a charge in a defensive oriented first quarter.
Portland's Andre Miller drives to the hoop.
Nash hits a three late in the first period, as the Suns overcome a nine-point deficit to pull within one at the end of the first period.
Alvin Gentry leads the Suns into their first playoffs since he took over as head coach in February 2009.
Leandro Barbosa scored 13 points in the first half to help the Suns take a lead in the second period.
The Suns Dancers were in playoff form.
Lou Amundson takes it strong to the hoop.
The Suns' bench outscored the Portland bench 18-4 in the first half, but the Blazers took a 44-43 lead into their locker room.
Dudley strugged with his three-pointer, hitting just 1-of-5 on the night.
The Thunders Sticks may have contributed to two missed free throws by Portland in the closing moments.
Hill scored just four points but did grab eight rebounds in the loss.
Richardson scored 14 points and added 10 rebounds.
Nash scored 25 points and handed out nine assists.
Goran Dragic scored six points for the Suns off the bench.
Stoudemire was frustrated much of the game and fouled out with 18 points and eight rebounds.
The Suns fought hard, but the Blazers stole home-court advantage by grabbing a 105-100 road win.
The Suns will huddle up and reload for Game 2 on Tuesday.
Dudley reminds reporters this is not the NCAA tournament. It's a seven-game series.
Richardson says the Suns will be ready for Game 2 on Tuesday.
Nash and Stoudemire meet the media together.