2006 NBA Playoffs: Suns-Mavericks, Game 4 Photos
May 30, 2006
Former Suns All-Star Charles Barkley gets ready backstage at the US Airways Center for Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals.
After falling short in Game 3, Boris Diaw and the Phoenix Suns headed into Game 4 hoping to even the series against the Dallas Mavericks.
Suns fans were well aware that a victory guaranteed the Suns would return for a Game 6.
As they have all throughout the series; Magic Johnson, Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley provided their input on the matchup between the Phoenix Suns and Dallas Mavericks.
After feeling good during the Suns pregame shootaround, Bell decided to make his return to the Western Conference Finals.
Suns All-Star Amare Stoudemire meanwhile gets in some practice before tip-off with Suns assistant coach Phil Weber.
Bell surprised the home crowd when he was introduced during Suns lineups.
Would the Suns bounce back in Game 4? Only the shadow knows.
The Phoenix Suns Gorilla helps fans prepare for the destruction of big D.
Players know unless they can find a way to defeat the Mavs and even the series, they would be facing a 3-1 deficit heading back to Dallas.
NBA legend and one of the NBA's Fifty Greatest Players, Rick Barry was ready for the showdown at the US Airways Center.
Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals is underway.
Right from the start, forward Shawn Marion let the Dallas Mavericks know they would indeed enter the Matrix before the night was through.
As expected, Bell's presence and effort sparked the Phoenix Suns early.
After pulling down 18 rebounds in Game 3, Marion also enjoyed a successful Game 4 finishing with 15 points and eight rebounds.
When not slamming it home for two, the Olympian was also a key contributor on the defensive end of the floor with three steals and three blocks.
Boris Diaw also proved to be a force on the defensive end, blocking two shots while provided a strong presence in the paint for the Phoenix Suns.
The defensive effort, combined with the playmaking of two-time MVP Steve Nash meant a successful first half for the Suns.
Whether starting or coming off the bench, Leandro Barbosa has made a name for himself in these 2006 NBA Playoffs.
Bell meanwhile didn't appear to have missed a beat, coming out with the same intensity Suns fans have grown to love all season long.
Steve Nash looks to score two of his 21 points the hard way.
The Phoenix Suns entered halftime with a 51-46 lead over the Dallas Mavericks.
The US Airways Center is rocking as the players prepare to take the court in the second half.
After falling in Game 3, the Suns appeared more than on their way to picking it up in Game 4.
In the third quarter of play, Phoenix outscored Dallas 28-21, increasing their lead as they headed into the fourth.
The affair also proved to be the return of Suns center Kurt Thomas who hadn't played since March due to a broken right foot.
The Suns Dancers entertain the crowd during a timeout.
Diaw gives Mavericks veteran Jerry Stackhouse a 3D look at his inside game.
For Diaw, the contest marked his fourth straight game in which he's surpassed the 20 point mark. It's the first time he's accomplished the feat in his young career.
The Suns smell their first victory since Game 1 as the final seconds tick off the clock.
The only question remaining in the fourth and final quarter of play was whether or not the Suns could maintain their red hot play in the red hot city of Phoenix.
That question was enthusiastically answered as the Phoenix Suns outscored Dallas yet again - this time 27-19.
Tim Thomas continued frustrating the Dallas defense as the game wore on.
Suns players show their appreciation for guard Leandro Barbosa and his game-high 24 points.
The game indeed proved to be a total team effort.
Eleven Suns players saw action in the Tuesday night game meaning starters like Steve Nash should be better rested for Thursday's contest in Dallas.
Twenty point lead or not, Suns assistant coach Marc Iavaroni wants to see some hustle underneath the boards.
Center Pat Burke looks to score against Dallas Mavericks veteran Keith Van Horn.
No doubt about it, Suns fans at the US Airways Center will be ready for Game 6.
Phoenix is just two victories shy of reaching the NBA Finals for the first time since 1993.
Suns players as well as their fans both know a lot of work still has to be done, however, starting with Game 5 back in Dallas.
Suns fans show Raja Bell their appreciation for the tough effort which was a 106-86 Suns victory.
It's now on to Dallas for Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals.
With the Suns shooting 6-for-11 from beyond the three-point arc, Shawn Marion had plenty of reason to smile.
Twice this season the Phoenix Suns enjoyed winning streaks of six or more games. A third would mean an NBA title for the city of Phoenix.
Guard Raja Bell also had reason to smile as he spoke to reporters following the contest.
Steve Nash discusses what will need to be done for similar results in Dallas.
Suns swingman James Jones discusses his eight rebound, one block and one steal balanced effort.
Boris Diaw talks about the importance of remaining hot as the Western Conference Finals are now a best of three series.
Mike D'Antoni talks about just how important the victory was for his Phoenix Suns.
Following the contest, Bell spent some well deserved time in the Phoenix Suns whirlpool.
Suns Head Coach Mike D'Antoni knows Game 5 will be no laughing matter as the Mavericks will be ready following the blowout.
As he signs autographs for fans following the contest, Suns forward Shawn Marion can't help but be curious as to what awaits Phoenix in Game 5.