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The NBA Phoenix Suns basketball team play in the Western Conference’s Pacific Division as part of the National Basketball Association. They are based out of Phoenix, Arizona and play at US Airways Center.
In 1968, the Suns joined the NBA as one of the expansion teams with the Milwaukee Bucks. Phoenix has the fourth best NBA all-time winning percentage at 56 percent. In forty-two years, they have won fifty or more games nineteen times, made it into the Western Conference Finals nine times, and in 1976 as well as 1993 made it into the NBA Finals. To date, the Phoenix Suns haven’t won any NBA Championships.
The Suns made it to the 1976 Finals where they were defeated by the Boston Celtics led by John Havlicek and Dave Cowens. During the late 1970s to early 1980s, the Suns made the playoffs 8 years in a row. However during the middle 1980s, the team was hit with a drug scandal. In 1987, the luck for the Suns began to turn. They acquired Kevin Johnson, Mark West and Tyron Corbin. Tom Chambers was signed and the Suns also drafted Jeff Hornacek and Dan Majerle. In 1988, they made their first of 13 playoff appearances in a row.
In 1992, the Suns acquired Charles Barkley as well as Danny Ainge, Oliver Miller and Richard Dumas and were led by first year coach Paul Westphal. The Suns won 62 games and made it into the NBA Finals where they were defeated by the Chicago Bulls led by Scottie Pippen and Michael Jordan.
The Suns went 62-20 during the 2004-05 season after re-acquiring Steven Nash. Phoenix lost the Western Conference Finals to the San Antonio Spurs. In 2005-06, The Suns won the Pacific Division with a record of 54-28. Phoenix lost the Western Conference Finals to the Dallas Mavericks. The Suns once again made it into the Western Conference Finals following the 2009-10 season but lost to the Portland Trail Blazers.