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2006 NBA Playoffs, Conference Semis, Game 1 Gallery
May 6, 2006
Suns guard Steve Nash walks past fan signs on his way into US Airways Center for Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals.
Boris Diaw is happy to have beaten LA's other team and is ready to take on the Clippers.
Shawn Marion is all business before the series opener.
NBA Commissioner David Stern answers media questions priror to presenting Nash with the 2006 MVP trophy.
The Suns' playmaker accepts his second MVP award in as many years from the Commissioner.
Nash raises the Maurice Podoloff Trophy for the sell-out crowd before Game 1.
Former Suns teammates, Nash and Sam Cassell wish each other luck at center court.
The Suns are focused as they line up for the National Anthem.
Suns fans were out in full force again Monday night.
The Suns raced out to a double-digit lead early in the first quarter.
Marion shoots over Clippers forward Elton Brand for two of his 20 points on the night.
After impressive outings in Games 6 and 7 vs. the Lakers, Leandro Barbosa's confidence is sky high.
Nash kept the Suns a step ahead of the Clippers most of the way.
Brand carried the Clippers on his back with a game-high 40 points.
Diaw drives for two of his 19 points. The NBA's Most Improved Player was one of five Suns with 17 or more points.
Marion goes up strong for one of his game-high 15 boards.
Comedian Billy Crystal, a Clippers season-ticket holder, enjoys L.A.'s largest lead of eight points in the second quarter.
Barbosa helped the Suns reclaim the lead in the third quarter.
Nash creates a shot over the tough defense of Quinton Ross.
Nash created plays for others as well, dishing out 12 dimes.
Diaw throws down with authority.
Suns owner Robert Sarver wears his lucky orange shirt courtside during the Suns' triumph.
LB's moves were too much for the Clippers to handle in Game 1.
The Suns' All-Stars take a break before returning for crunch time.
Eddie House puts up a floater against his former team.
Nash paced the Suns offense to the tune of 130 points.
Marion attacks the rim and gets fouled by Vladimir Radmanovic.
The Matrix leaves the defenders behind this time, as he soars in for the tomahawk slam.
Nash sealed the victory for the Suns with a three-pointer right between eyes.
Nash enjoys his big shot as the crowd goes wild.
The Suns beat LA again in Game 1 and hope to do so again when they host the Clippers on Wednesday in Game 2.
Not a bad day for No. 13, who leaves US Airways Center with a "W" and his second straight MVP trophy.