Thursday, May 25, 2006

The Suns beat the Dallas Mavs on the road 121-118 to take a 1-0 series lead. Boris Diaw hit the big shot with 0.5 left to finish the Mavs. Some early injuries in this series Josh Howard left in the 1st period with a sprained right ankle and didn't play after. For the Suns Raja Bell has a left calf strain and was carried off the court without a return. Steve Nash got 27 points and 16 assists in 40 minutes. Nash had a few amazing shots but also some nice passing. Boris Diaw got 34 points and 6 boards in 38 minutes. Diaw went to work and he came up big. Shawn Marion got 24 points and 13 boards in 39 minutes. Marion will have to carry a bigger load with Bell being hurt. Tim Thomas got 17 points and 7 boards in 34 minutes. Thomas has to hit that three and stretch the defense but on the other end get some rebounds. Devin Harris got 30 points and 5 steals in 30 minutes. Instant offense from Harris who is a wonderful player to watch. Jason Terry got 15 points and 4 boards in 40 minutes. Terry had a poor shooting night missed a few quick shots. Dirk Nowitzki got 25 points and 19 boards in 41 minutes. Dirk crashed the offensive glass but didn't come up with a lot of the Mavs second chance points. Jerry Stackhouse got 16 points and 4 boards in 35 minutes. I would think Stackhouse will start the next game if Howard even plays game 2.