During the 2004 off-season, erstwhile Dallas Mavericks point protect Steve Nash autographed a free-agent trade with the 29–53 Phoenix Suns to aid out their breach. The extension of Nash aided as Phoenix spinned to a 62–20 document and the finest document in the NBA. The groups encountered in the Western Conference Semifinals with Phoenix owning the home-court benefit.
Phoenix gained Game One 127–102 with a 40-point play by Amar’e Stoudemire. Steve Nash was as well specified his NBA MVP accolade throughout that play, a game in that he affrighted his erstwhile group. However, Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki strike a game-winning Turn-Around pinafore in Game 2 to defeat Phoenix 108–106 to dispatch the sequence back to Dallas connected 1–1. Phoenix and Dallas disunited the 2 bouts in Dallas that saw either winners of gameplays result 119 details. The sequence proceeded back Phoenix additionally took heed of Dallas 114–108 in the America West Arena (now US Airways Center). Then, in Game Six, with Dallas positioned so as to face evacuation, Phoenix defeat Dallas in a cliff-hanger that saw Steve Nash with a 39-point play, to move alongside with 12 helps. Phoenix additionally produced it to the Western Conference Finals, where they finally missed to the San Antonio Spurs whoever additionally proceeded on to gain the NBA Title that season.
The ensuing yr, a Suns group short of Stoudemire (who was injured), Joe Johnson, and Quentin Richardson, however with a central of spic-and-span participants guided by Raja Bell (who clotheslined Lakers star Kobe Bryant in a first-round sequence game), Boris Diaw and Tim Thomas to move alongside with Nash and companion All-Star Shawn Marion. Phoenix had to play 7 play sequence opposed to the 2 Los Angeles groups, the Los Angeles Lakers (who had a 3–1 lead opposed to Phoenix) and the resurgent Los Angeles Clippers. They fronted a Mavericks group whoever gained 60 gameplays, however remained enforced to be the 4th germ eversince the division winners received the top 3 seeds. On their means to the Western Conference Finals, Dallas Swept the Memphis Grizzlies, and defeat in-state competitor San Antonio Spurs in 7 aflutter gameplays. Phoenix gained Game One 121–118 following Diaw strike a game-winning crack in the fading seconds of the 4th quarter. Bell, although injured himself in Game One, lost Games Two and Three. After that, Dallas took command of the sequence, victorious Games Two and Three by the gains of 105–98 and 95–88. Bell arrived back for Game Four and guided Phoenix to a 106–86 affair gain. Dallas nevertheless, defeat Phoenix 117–101 in Game Five that contained a 50-point achievement from Dirk Nowitzki, and banned the Suns in Phoenix 102–93 in Game Six. Dallas ought to afterward on mislay to the Miami Heat in 6 gameplays, notwithstanding victorious the first 2 bouts.
On March 14, 2007 in Dallas, Phoenix defeat Dallas in a 129–127 duplicate overtime cliff-hanger. With the Mavericks up by 7 with a minute left in rule, Dirk Nowitzki (a 90% gratis hurl shooter) failed 2 gratis throws. Steve Nash fed off his mistakes and assessed 10 direct details containing the game-tying three-pointer with 3 seconds left to move. Dirk Nowitzki’s future game-winning crack bounced off the RIM and dispatched the game to overtime. Jason Terry dispatched the game in to one other overtime with a game-tying three-pointer of his own. Dirk Nowitzki’s future game-tying crack in duplicate overtime proceeded in and out of the RIM as Amar’e Stoudemire’s 41 details remained also a lot for Dallas to cover.
On April 10, 2013, the Mavericks 12-season playoff band, eversince 2001, finished in a mislaying to the Suns 102–91.