Phoenix Suns Flashback: Suns vs Lakers Game 6 2006 NBA Playoffs

Phoenix Suns, Steve Nash (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)
Phoenix Suns, Steve Nash (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images) /
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Phoenix Suns (Photo by Mansoor Ahmed/WireImage)
Phoenix Suns (Photo by Mansoor Ahmed/WireImage) /

Quarter 4:

  • 12:00: They show a graphic of the eight players in NBA history at that point who had won back to back MVP awards, including three of them in the crowd: Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bill Russell. Saying Nash was reported to expectedly become the 9th, he did.
  • 12:00: Eddie House is in the game for Nash, he looks like a Harlem Globetrotter with his long socks and headband.
  • 9:39: Eddie House misses wide-open 17-footer on a 3-on-1 break, would literally never happen in the NBA now.
  • 7:30: They show an absolutely insane graphic about the Phoenix Suns 2005-06 season, the Suns were 0-7 in games decided by 3 points or less (0-8 including the playoffs)!!! The only other team to not win a game by 3 points or less in a season in NBA history were the 1950-51 Washington Captials, who were 0-2. A 54 win Suns team did not win a game by 3 points or less all season!!! Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction.
  • 5:54: Odom with a beautiful pass to Brown for an easy bucket, Suns 96-95. Odom was such a high IQ player on the court and so tortured off of it, sad.
  • 5:36: Nash with another gorgeous moon shot over Kwame Brown on a switch, he has 25 points on 9-for-13 shooting. Suns 98-95.
  • 4:51: Coming out of a timeout, Collins mentions the Suns are 2-0 in the series when scoring over 100 points and shooting over 50%, which they have to this point.
  • 3:54: Lakers get first lead since the 3rd quarter as Kwame Brown powers his way to and-1 and makes the free throw to give the Lakers a 100-98 lead. New playoff-high for Brown of 17, not exactly what you expect out of a former No.1 pick. You must never forget, Jordan is really bad as a general manager.
  • 1:47: Kobe hits ridiculous fade-away three-pointer while moving toward the sideline in front of the Suns’ bench over the outstretched arms of Marion at the end of the shot clock…wow… no player in NBA history has hit more shots like that than Kobe. Lakers re-take lead 103-102. Kobe has 36.
  • 1:03: After a Tim Thomas miss from three, Smush Parker inexplicably spins into a double team and forces up a wild shot that is blocked by Tim Thomas. Suns ball down by 1.
  • 0:29: Kobe isolation leads to him making a huge, high-difficulty, contested teardrop over Marion with his right while driving to his left. Lakers 105-102.
  • 0:06: Nash drives to the rim, leaves the ground with nowhere to go and flicks it to Marion on the baseline, Marion loses it. Nash picks it up and flips it to Barbosa who drives into the paint before kicking it out to a wide open Nash in the corner for a three to tie it, he misses. Marion leaps 12 feet in the air to snag the long rebound over his shoulder and kicks it out to Tim Thomas while he waves his arms at the top of the key, Thomas pump fakes and sidesteps to a avoid a leaping Kwame Brown and calmly nails a dagger three to tie the game at 105-105 and keep the Suns alive. Shot of Thomas sticking tongue out and pulling jersey to the side and of Amar’e going nuts on the bench.
  • 0:00: Kobe air balls double-teamed pull-up at the right elbow as Marion defends and Nash comes over to contest at the last second

Score at the end of regulation: Phoenix Suns 105, Los Angeles Lakers 105