2006 Playoffs: Suns-Mavericks Game 5 Photo Gallery
June 1, 2006
The Matrix enters American Airlines Center for Game 5 of the Conference Finals.
The NBA's MVP, Steve Nash, returns to Dallas, where he spent six seasons with the Mavs.
Former Phoenix Sun and current TNT commentator Charles Barkley discusses the matchup.
The Suns prepare to take the hardwood for Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals.
Shawn Marion wants to be in the best of shape as winner of Game 5 will take a 3-2 series lead back to Phoenix.
Leandro Barbosa discusses the possibility of heading back to the US Airways Center one win shy of the NBA Finals.
Representatives for the Suns in the past two NBA All-Star Games, Nash and Marion are hoping to soon represent the Suns in the NBA Finals.
Steve Nash hopes to shoot the Phoenix Suns into the NBA Finals for the third time in franchise history.
The Suns would first need to get passed the Mavericks, one of the league's most talented teams.
The Phoenix Suns are ready to take on Dallas as Game 5 is nearly underway.
Former Presidential candidate Ross Perot, Jr. sits courtside awaiting tip-off.
The Suns fell behind in Game 5 early, but were kept in the contest thanks to Barbosa who provided a spark off the Phoenix bench.
Two-time MVP Steve Nash had a strong game against his former mates, finishing the contest with 20 points and 11 assists.
Even with his efforts, the Phoenix Suns still found themselves trailing after the first quarter of play.
Tim Thomas caught fire in the second quarter, however, as the Phoenix Suns found themselves right back in the ballgame.
There simply was no stopping T2 as the Suns outscored the Mavs 32-22 in the quarter. Thomas finishing the affair with a playoff career-high 26 points.
Although they still trailed after two quarters, the Suns definitely liked their chances heading into the second half of play.
Boris Diaw looks to score two of his 16 points against Josh Howard inside.
Shawn Marion finished with double digit rebounds, cleaning the glass 10 times in Game 5.
Although playing with an injured calf, Suns guard Raja Bell also hit the glass to prevent second chance opportunties for Dallas.
Phoenix again outscored Dallas in the third, meaning it was anybody's game heading into the fourth and final quarter of play.
Boris Diaw again looks to score inside, this time against Mavericks veteran forward Keith Van Horn.
A game which had been testy all night long got even more intense in the fourth quarter.
Suns Head Coach Mike D'Antoni argues a call against the officials.
The Matrix kept the Suns in the contest late, finishing the game with 20 points to go along with his 10 rebounds.
Although they enjoyed a well-balanced scoring attack, Phoenix fell short in Dallas 117-101.
The Suns will now return to Phoenix hoping to rebound in Game 5 where they will face elimination for the fourth time this postseason.
Marion: "We just got discombobulated in that fourth quarter. We had it going our way, then the next thing you know we just went the other way."
Fresh off his 50 point performance in Game 5, Dirk Nowitzki talks about potentially closing out the series in Game 6.
Nash on Thomas: "Tim was unbelievable. He went on that run there, hit a bunch of threes for us, and gave us a 77-70 lead. We were in good position and then we didn't score a ton after that."