Suns win big, even Western Conference finals at 2-2

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

PHOENIX -- Raja Bell supplied the grit, and his Phoenix teammates took care of the offense.

As a result, the Suns are even again with the Dallas Mavericks in the Western Conference finals.

Leandro Barbosa scored 24 points on 10-for-13 shooting and the Suns, regrouping after a lifeless home loss in Game 3 two nights earlier, ran away from the Mavericks 106-86 on Tuesday night.

Tied at 2-2, the series returns to Dallas for Game 5 on Thursday night.

Boris Diaw added 20 points and Steve Nash had 21 points and eight assists.

Bell made a surprise start for the Suns after missing the last two games with a slight tear in his left calf. He had only nine points but gave some much-needed intensity to the team in 32 minutes of play.

Dirk Nowitzki managed only 11 points for the Mavericks on 3-for-13 shooting.

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