2006 NBA Playoffs: Suns-Clippers, Game 7 Photos
May 22, 2006
In front of a sellout crowd at the US Airways Center in Phoenix, the Suns and Los Angeles Clippers met for a decisive Game 7.
Players as well as equipment managers like Jay Gaspar never have a problem getting
Two-time MVP Steve Nash arrives at the US Airways Center for the Monday night matchup.
With three days of rest between Game 6 and Game 7, the Matrix is reloaded and ready for a victory.
Forward James Jones takes in the Spurs-Mavericks game inside the Suns lockerroom.
Unsure who they would face in the Conference Finals with a Game 7 victory, players like Nikoloz Tskitishvili at least know they won't have to head back to Los Angeles this season.
Suns guards Steve Nash and Eddie House greet fans as they face elimination for the fourth time this postseason.
All-Star Amare' Stoudemire poses for the camera with some lucky Phoenix Suns fans.
Forward Shawn Marion participates in pregame stretches on the court with Head Athletic Trainer Aaron Nelson.
Boris Diaw meanwhile makes a fan's day by autographing his jersey.
Game 7 at the US Airways Center is just moments away from tipping off.
Raja knows the bell tolls for the Suns when in front of their home crowd in Phoenix.
Suns emcee Cedric Ceballos and the Gorilla are ready to beat L.A. for the final time this season.
The Gorilla should have no problem firing up the Phoenix Suns faithful as everyone in the arena knows what's at stake for both talented ballclubs.
Captains of both the Suns and Clippers meet at halfcourt just before tip-off.
Behind Steve Nash, the Phoenix Suns came out ready to play early.
The MVP for two straight seasons, Nash enjoyed perhaps his finest game of the series finishing with 29 points and 11 assists.
Shawn Marion looks for position inside the paint against Clippers big man Vladimir Radmanovic.
Rebounding has been key in the seven game series, one which has alternated wins ever since Game 1.
The Suns hoping that trend would continue and help them advance to the Western Conference Finals for the second straight season.
Their inside presence a key reason why the Suns led by four points after quarter number one - a lead from which they would never look back.
The Suns maintained their intensity in the second period, outscoring Los Angeles 33-29 and taking an eight point lead into the half.
The Suns continued to flex on the Clippers in the second half of play behind 30 points and nine rebounds from Shawn Marion.
The Matrix also managed to block two shots for Phoenix - one here on Clippers All-Star Elton Brand.
Suns Head Coach Mike D'Antoni didn't have much to scream about in the third quarter as Phoenix built its lead after outscoring Los Angeles 29-22.
Nash directs traffic as the Suns continue to pull away in the fourth and final period at the US Airways Center.
When unable to locate an open teammate, not many are better at taking the ball in the paint themselves than Steve Nash.
The 2006 MVP and 2006 Most Improved Player talk strategy during the game's closing minutes.
Suns guard Raja Bell can finally kiss Los Angeles goodbye as Phoenix has this game well in hand.
The sharpshooting Bell was a key for Phoenix in the series and dished out six assists in Game 7.
Forward Tim Thomas has also contributed greatly and scored 16 in the decisive game.
Even with the big lead, the Phoenix Suns continued taking it right to Los Angeles.
Diaw scores one of his six field goals via the hook shot.
As always, 3D pitched in an all-around game with 14 points, eight rebounds and five assists.
Marion was all around the court Monday night, scoring from both inside and outside on Los Angeles.
Leandro Barbosa scored 18 points as Phoenix outscored Los Angeles for the fourth straight period.
Steve Nash goes glass against Los Angeles forward Quinton Ross.
Victory is near as is a berth in the Western Conference Finals against the Dallas Mavericks.
It's official as the Phoenix Suns defeat the Los Angeles Clippers 127-107 in a route.
Two of the league's toughest competitors congratulate one another on a truly great series.
Nash knows he and the Suns will see the up and coming Clippers again - just not this season.
For now it's on to Texas to take on Nash's former team the Mavericks.
How sweet it is to win back-to-back Game 7's against a team from Los Angeles.
That's exactly what the Phoenix Suns did Monday night as the Gorilla reminds all at the US Airways Center.
Nash celebrates with Suns fans on his way back to the Phoenix lockerroom.
New York Knick turned reporter Jalen Rose discusses the victory with former Suns sharp shooter Eddie Johnson.
Shawn Marion meanwhile answers questions from Golden State Warriors center Ike Diogu.
For Boris Diaw, his postgame reaction was captured at the postgame press conference.
The Dallas series will also reunite Bell with his former Mavericks mates whom he played with in 2003.