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2006 Playoffs: Suns-Mavericks Game 6 Photo Gallery
June 3, 2006
Facing elimination for the fifth time this postseason, Tim Thomas and the Phoenix Suns were in familiar territory for Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals.
Former Suns great Charles Barkley greets future Suns great Amare Stoudemire prior to tip-off.
Suns guard Eddie House heads from the locker room onto the court for shootaround at the US Airways Center.
Trailing 3-2 in the series, the Phoenix Suns knew anything less than a victory would mean the end of their season.
After two full seasons and two long playoff series, Nash is used to looking at his former Mavericks teammates from across the court.
Suns fans of all ages were excited to get Game 6 underway.
Back in the house was Raja Bell who many didn't expect to return in the series letalone play three games.
Nash come out fired up to extend the Suns' third straight series to a seventh and deciding game.
The US Airways Center is ready for tip-off as Game 6 is just seconds away.
Boris Diaw had yet another spectacular playoff performance scoing 20 of his game-high 30 pionts in the first half.
Two-time MVP Steve Nash meanwhile did what he does best, distributing the basketball to his Phoenix Suns teammates.
The two-time MVP gutted out 19 points, nine assists and six rebounds.
Suns forward Shawn Marion looks to get position inside the paint for a rebound.
The Matrix posted 13 points and 11 rebounds in Game 6.
Swingman James Jones slams it home inside for an easy two.
Phoenix's tough defense on Dallas held the Mavericks to a 2006 playoff-low 14 first quarter points.
Steve Nash looks to keep the pace fast and furious, taking it to the hole in the second quarter of play.
Leandro Barbosa shows an opposing Mavericks defender just why they call him the Brazilian Blur.
Barbosa has gained national recognition during the 2006 NBA Playoffs and scored 14 points off the Phoenix bench in Game 6.
Forward Tim Thomas came through time and time again for the Suns this post-season after being acquired in mid-season.
Thomas finished the game with eight points and four rebounds.
James Jones struggled again, managing only three points in 19 minutes off the bench.
Marion had the defensive assignment of Mav's star Dirk Nowitzki and the challenge of having the seven-footer guard him on the other end of the court.
Old friendships go out the window when battling for a post-season loose ball.
In the second half, the ball didn't seem to be bouncing Phoenix's way as Dallas took control.
TT pleads his case to veteran ref Dick Bavetta.
Bell urges on his teammates from the sidelines as they try climbing back into the contest late in the fourth.
Raja Bell, never fully recovered from a calf strain suffered in Game 3, scored six points in the season finale.
Marion and the Suns were uable to pull one more game out for the hometown fans, falling to the Mavericks 93-102.
Suns players give each other well-earned pats on the back for a season full of successes.
Two of the leagues top forwards congratulate each other on a great Western Conference Finals.
Since leaving the Mavericks, Steve Nash is 1-1 in playoff series against his former teammates.
Nash and Nowitzki both know it won't be long until these two teams meet on the hardwood yet again.
Suns Head Coach Mike D'Antoni discusses the loss with the media.
Steve Nash talks about the disappointing defeat at the hands of his former teamamtes.
Phoenix faithful know that, "Waiting until next year" takes on a whole new meaning when STAT is back in a Phoenix Suns uniform.