The Phoenix Suns won Game 1 in the 2010 NBA Playoffs Western Conference Semifinals in Phoenix against the San Antonio Spurs, 104-86.
Steve Nash was the driving force behind the game 1 Phoenix Suns victory. He had 17 points by the end of the first quarter and finished the game with 33 points and 10 assists.
“He ran it down our throat,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said, speaking of Steve Nash.
“He kind of just picked us apart,” added San Antonio’s Tim Duncan.
Jason Richardson scored 27 and Amare Stoudemire had 23 points and 13 rebounds for the Suns.
On the Spurs, Manu Ginobili scored 27, Tony Parker 26 and Duncan 20. The Spurs had won three straight playoff Game 1′s against the Suns, two of them in Phoenix. Both of those times, in 2005 and 2007, the Spurs went on to win the NBA title.
“You can’t get too excited,” Stoudemire said. “They’re a team with a great pedigree that knows how to come back in a series.”
The Spurs did come back a couple times in the second half, having a 12-0 run in the third quarter and a 13-0 run in the fourth quarter that cut Phoenix’s lead to 94-93. But the Suns didn’t let it get away from them. The pushed on, winning the game 104-86.
“When we did get back into it, we gave up a bunch of points in transition,” Duncan said, “and that’s the best transition team in the league.”
Nash hurt his hip before game 3 against Portland, which had an affect on his game the rest of that series. After the Suns closed out the first round last Thursday they had no practice on Friday. Nash did not practice Saturday and Sunday with the rest of the team. Nash instead rested until Monday, hoping to be fresh for the second round.
“You never know what the game is going to present,” Nash said. “You have to be willing and aggressive and do whatever you can. For me, I didn’t know how I was going to feel physically, but dragging my leg around in Game 6 in Portland wasn’t very fun and it was great to get out there and feel like I could do something.”
“We came in the mindset that we were going to push the basketball,” Phoenix coach Alvin Gentry said, “and that if we pushed the basketball like we thought we could, Steve would get the ball to the basket.”
Game 2 of this series will take place Wednesday, May 5 at US Airways in Phoenix.