Wednesday , May , 24 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Diaw’s jumper lifts Suns past Mavs in series-opener

=== Diaw’s jumper lifts Suns past Mavs in series-opener ===

Dallas, TX (Sports Network) – Boris Diaw drained a short jumper with less than
a second remaining to lift the Phoenix Suns over the Dallas Mavericks,
121-118, in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals at American Airlines
Center.

Diaw ended with a playoff career-high 34 points on 13-of-23 shooting for the
Suns, who rallied from a nine-point fourth-quarter deficit to steal homecourt
advantage in the opener of this best-of-seven series.

Steve Nash, who spearheaded a 16-4 run to end the game Phoenix, had 27 points
and 16 assists. Shawn Marion added 24 points and 13 boards for the Suns, who
have won the series opener in each round this playoff series.

Devin Harris had a playoff career-high 30 points for the Mavs, who failed to
follow-up their dramatic seven-game semifinal series win over the defending
champion Spurs with another winning effort.

Dirk Nowitzki added 25 points and 19 boards for Dallas.

DAL PHO