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Just six hours after welcoming a baby son, Raja Bell helped the Suns eliminate Kobe Bryant and the Lakers.
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Suns Oust Lakers, Advance to Semis
The Phoenix Suns overpowered their longtime rivals, the L.A. Lakers, to clinch their Opening-Round series, 4-1, on Wednesday, May 2. All-Star center Amare Stoudemire led the way with 27 points and 16 rebounds, and All-Star forward Shawn Marion chipped in 26 points and 10 boards. The Suns advanced to the Western Conference Semifinals, where they will meet another familiar opponent in the San Antonio Spurs.
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    Barbosa Named Sixth Man of the Year Prior to tip-off of Game 2 between the Suns and Lakers, Leandro Barbosa was presented with the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year trophy. Barbosa became the fourth player in Suns history to earn the honor.

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    Flashback: Relive the Drama of 2006 After falling into a 1-3 hole in their first-round series with the Lakers in 2006, the Suns bounced back with three-straight victories to advance to the Semifinals, in one of the most entertaining series in recent playoff history.

  • 2006 Photos: Gm1|Gm2|Gm3|Gm4|Gm5|Gm6|Gm7


    Sunday, April 22
    Game 1: Suns 95, Lakers 87
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    Tuesday, April 24
    Game 2: Suns 126, Lakers 98
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    Thursday, April 26
    Game 3: Lakers 95, Suns 89
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    Sunday, April 29
    Game 4: Suns 113, Lakers 100
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    Wednesday, May 2
    Game 5: Suns 119, Lakers 100
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  • QUOTEWORTHY



    “I think we played really well. You have to give them a lot of credit, they would not die. Kobe would not go down."
    - Suns Head Coach Mike D'Antoni on Game 5


    “We wanted to get this over with. I think everybody had their spurts in this game where they did something great for us and that is what it’s going to take.”
    - Suns forward Shawn Marion on Game 5


    “They’re a tough team. Everybody knows they have a lot of experience and a lot of good players, but we have good players too."
    - Suns guard Leandro Barbosa on Spurs

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