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2006 NBA Playoffs: Suns-Mavs Game 3
May 28, 2006
Suns forward and French model Boris Diaw arrives at US Airways Center for Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals.
Suns head athletic trainer Aaron Nelson stretches The Matrix.
Injured Suns guard Raja Bell talks with a reporter before hitting the weight room.
Marion greets the Phoenix fans on his way out to the court for Game 3.
All eyes will be on Phoenix, the NBA's home for Game 3 and Game 4 of this season's Western Conference Finals.
TNT focuses in on the NBA's MVP during the singing of the National Anthem.
The Phoenix Suns are back in their building - the US Airways Center - hoping for some home cooking against the Mavericks.
Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals is nearly underway.
All-Star Shawn Marion tips off with fellow All-Star Dirk Nowitzki.
With homecourt now in their favor, Suns Head Coach Mike D'Antoni hopes his ballclub can capitalize in Game 3.
Getting the start again for the injured Raja Bell was the Brazilian Blur Leandro Barbosa.
Barbosa made the most of the extended minutes, scoring 17 points from just about every location on the court.
Two-time MVP Steve Nash looks to create some offense against Dallas point guard Jason Terry.
At times the Mavericks even threw Josh Howard on the All-Star Nash - who still managed to score 21 points.
Diaw also found his share of success against the Mavericks D, finishing the contest with 20 points and six rebounds.
With both teams desperately wanting a victory in Game 3, the Dallas Mavericks got physical in the paint.
Phoenix returned the favor, making sure Dallas worked for everything they got early on.
The aggressive attitude earned both ballclubs technicals in the contest.
In the second half of play, Dallas continued making everything rough for Phoenix both inside and outside the paint.
For every Phoenix Sun there appeared two or three Mavericks as the Suns struggled in the third quarter.
The third quarter definitely went the way of the Mavericks who outscored the Suns 25-16.
Tim Thomas, however, was feeling it in the fourth as Phoenix refused to go quietly into the night.
Diaw goes up for one of his six rebounds inside.
As he has all this postseason, Boris has provided a presence in the paint for the Phoenix Suns.
The Matrix was also big on the glass, contributing a game-high 18 rebounds.
Time just didn't appear on Phoenix's side as the Mavericks maintained possession of the ball throughout most of the fourth quarter.
Without the ball, offense for the Phoenix Suns was awfully hard to come by.
Although they were able to put together some mini-runs down the stretch, Phoenix just couldn't overcome the deficit, falling to Dallas 95-88.
The defeat means Phoenix now trails in the series 1-2.
Comfort comes in the fact the Suns will again have the Phoenix faithful behind them as they try to even up the series in Game 4.
Mike D'Antoni discusses what adjustments will need to be made in order to make a Game 4 victory become a reality.