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2006 NBA Playoffs, Conference Semis, Game 3 Gallery
May 12, 2006
Steve Nash arrived at STAPLES Center for Game 3 of the Suns-Clippers Western Conference Semifinal series, the fourth playoff game for Phoenix in L.A. this season.
Suns guard Raja Bell heads to the visitor's locker room in style and in compliance with the NBA Dress Code.
New papa Kurt Thomas returned to the team after attending to his wife after the birth of their first son, Kurt, Jr. The couple has three daughters, as well.
Tim Thomas is interviewed by Hawks guard Josh Childress of NBA TV before the game.
Actor Bruce Willis takes his seat for some postseason action.
All-Star forward Shawn Marion breaks down the keys to Game 3 with the media before suiting up.
Little-used forward Nikoloz Tsitishvili stretches out.
Head Athletic Trainer Aaron Nelson loosens Marion up before Game 3 begins.
The two-time MVP had his team focused for an intense road playoff game.
After getting heavily outrebounded in Game 2, the Suns inserted Tim Thomas into the starting lineup and he responded with 19 points and 14 rebounds.
Golfer Phil Mickelson and his wife, Amy, a former Suns Dancer, rooted for the Suns from their courtside seats.
Steve Nash had a rough shooting night, but dished out a game-high 10 assists.
The Matrix pulled down a game-high 19 rebounds.
Diaw overcame early foul trouble, finishing with 11 ponts, seven assist, six rebounds and four blocked shots.
The league's assist leader for the past two season's, Nash lobs up another dandy dish.
Clippers star Elton Brand was a force again and finished with a team-high 20 points.
Thomas was 7-18 from the field, including two Super Shots.
'Trix shot .500 from the field (12-24), including nailing three three-pointers, and finished with a game-high 32 points.
Nash found ways to contribute on a night when he had trouble getting off his shot.
Diaw is getting more comfortable with the physical play of playoff basketball with every game.
Leandro Barbosa had a rare off night with six points (2-8 FG) and one assist.
Marion and the Suns regained home court advantage with a 94-91 win.
Nash and the Suns return to the STAPLES Center on Sunday when the Clippers host them in Game 3 of the best-of-seven series.
Nash and Marion celebrate another road victory.
Thomas and the Suns walked off the STAPLES Center court winners for the second straight time after having beaten the Lakers in Game 6 of the opening round.
The Suns locker room had the air of quiet confidence, happy with the win but realizing there is still work to be done.
"Starbosa" chats with reporters after the game.
Suns Head Coach Mike D'Antoni was all smiles after again taking a lead in the series.