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2006 NBA Playoffs, Conference Semis, Game 2 Gallery
May 10, 2006
Tickets for Game 2 against the Los Angeles were a hot commodity in the Valley.
With Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals on his mind, Suns Head Coach Mike D'Antoni watches as Miami takes on New Jersey.
Steve Nash in deep thought about how he can beat two teams from Los Angeles in as many rounds of the NBA playoffs.
Leandro Barbosa - the recipient of some rough play in the opening round - hopes he won't need any more stitches against the other NBA team from Los Angeles.
Fresh off his impressive performance in Game 1, Boris Diaw laces them up hoping for similar results in Game 2.
D'Antoni goes over last minute notes for Game 2.
The Matrix gets some assistance from Strength and Conditioning Coach Erik Phillips prior to tip-off.
Nash and company were looking to build on their impressive Game 1 victory.
The Suns undergo their popular pregame ritual just after introductions.
Nash and Clippers' star Elton Brand exchange civilities before tip off.
As the Suns would find out early, the Clippers came to the US Airways Center looking to even up the series with tough play in the paint.
After falling behind to the Clippers early, Nash looks to help get the Suns back into the contest.
That would not come easy for the MVP who finished Game 2 with 14 points and eight assists.
As he has all postseason for the Suns, Leandro Barbosa came off the Phoenix bench and provided a spark for his ballclub.
Guard Raja Bell also got hot, finishing the contest with a team-high 20 points for the Suns.
Unlike their previous four contests in the NBA Playoffs, the Phoenix Suns did not have much to cheer about from the sidelines.
James Jones tries to penetrate against the Clippers defense inside.
The Clippers were dominant in the paint, however, out-rebounding the Suns 57-26.
Even with the strong play of Barbosa and Bell, the Phoenix Suns still found themselves down 65-51 at the half.
The second half wasn't any easier for Phoenix as the frustration mounted against the Los Angeles Clippers.
During a third quarter in which Phoenix desperately needed to compile a run, they were outscored by Los Angeles 33-28.
The Suns starters had a lot of time to think about Game 4 from the bench as Game 3 came to a close.
With Game 2 in hand, Sam Cassell and the Clippers will now look to defend their homecourt back at the STAPLES Center.
The Clippers were simply too strong inside for Game 3 and ultimately emerged the 122-97 victor.
The Suns will now head to Los Angeles with a 1-1 split against the Clippers.
Coach D'Antoni discusses the differences between Game 1 and Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals.
MVP Steve Nash talks about how Phoenix can get Game 1-like results in Los Angeles.