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‘06 Was Oh So Close

USC’s Reggie Bush scores in fourth-quarter action against Texas. (Wally Skalij / LAT)
Texas Longhorn quarterback Vince Young scores the winning touch down at the end of the fourth quarter. (Lori Shepler / LAT)
Kobe Bryant goes up for a dunk against Toronto’s Matt Bonner enroute to scoring 81 points. The second highest total in NBA history. (Lori Shepler / LAT)
After leading the Lakers to the seventh game of their first-round playoff series against the heavily favored Phoenix Suns, Kobe Bryant suddenly disappeared. (Gina Ferazzi / LAT)
Dodgers celebrate clinching a playoff berth with a 4-2 win over the San Francisco Giants. (Gina Ferazzi / LAT)
Dodger coach Mariano Duncan,left and manager Grady Little celebrate after the 4-2 win. (Gina Ferazzi / LAT)
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute has his shot blocked by Florida Gators’ Joakim Noah in the National Championship game. (Wally Skalij / LAT)
Ryan Hollins and Jordan Farmar embrace as the Bruins leave the floor in a 73-57 loss to Florida as the Gators celebrate at midcourt. (Wally Skalij / LAT)
The Clippers’ Sam Cassell and Elton Brand celebrate thier win in Game 5., clinching the Western Conference first-round series, 4-1, over the Nuggets. (Gina Ferazzi / LAT)
The Clippers were within 1.1 seconds of winning Game 5 against the Suns and taking a three-games-to-two lead in the second round of the NBA playoffs, but somehow forgot to guard Raja Bell. (Gina Ferazzi / LAT)