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The Phoenix Suns have established their resiliency in the high-tension atmosphere of last-chance basketball such as today's Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals against Houston.

Now it's the Rockets' turn - again."You've got to realize that it brings it all down to one shot," Rockets guard Vernon Maxwell said. "Anything can happen."

After six pulsating games filled with momentum shifts, it comes down to the final game beginning at noon CDT in a game neither team wanted to play.

"Everybody's got a fear of playing Game 7," forward Otis Thorpe said. "You have to have that fear when you get to where we are."

Phoenix forced the issue Thursday night with a 103-89 victory that evened the series at 3-3 and snapped the Suns' three-game losing streak in the series. Houston rallied after losing the series' first two games, but now faces a final challenge.